Marni from Haberdashery Fun showed you how to make Quilted Heart Placemats, and now she’s back with a super-easy Fiesta Table Runner! The runner features fun pom pom trim which you’ll likely purchase for this project and then want to use in everything you make! Turn any day into a fiesta and add a touch of whimsy with this quick and simple project; it’s a great beginner project or a quick and satisfying project for more experienced sewists. Learn more about Marni in her introduction and hop over to Haberdashery Fun for more.
After a LONG winter this fiesta-inspired pom pom table runner will inject some color pop and vibrancy into your home. I think spring is finally in the air! And with May 5th and Cinco De Mayo just around the corner, you have more than enough time to get the runner made and onto your table.
The runner has a large middle square with sides consisting of six colorful strips. Each side has two rows of pom poms. The pom poms are inserted at each end and also into the third strip. Piece the colors together to your liking! Aside from piecing the strips together and inserting the pom poms, there is no set formula for the colors. Have lots of fun making this runner!
- Runner Front- 4 colors of cotton fabric, 1/4 yard or fat quarter each
- Backing- 1 color cotton fabric, 1/2 yard
- Pom Pom Trim- 2 yards
- Sewing Machine + Related Supplies
- Rotary Cutter, cutting Mat + Ruler
- Iron + Ironing Board
OK! Let’s start sewing.
Step 1: Cut the middle square to be 17″ x 17″. Cut 12 strips that are 17″ in length. They can be all the same width or cut into varying widths.
Step 2: Lay the fabric pieces into the order/color arrangement desired. Placement doesn’t really matter, just as long as you like the look of it!
Step 3: Cut pom pom trim into four pieces. Each piece should be approx 17″ in length. Lay the pom pom trim into the assortment.
Step 4: Start at one end. Place two fabric strips right side together. Pin. Place into sewing machine and sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam with an iron. Open seams and press again. Repeat again and sew on the next strip of fabric.
Step 5: Insert pom pom trim between next strip. Lay the pom pom trim on the seam allowance of the single strip. The pom pom trim should face inwards. Pin in place. Adjust the needle position on your sewing machine. Stitch the pom pom trim down, stitching as close to the pom pom trim inside edge as possible (approximately a 1/2″ seam allowance). Press with an iron.
Step 6: Place the next strip on top and sandwich the pom pom trim. Pin in place. Place into sewing machine and stitch together. Follow your previous stitch. Press the seam. Open seams and press again.
Step 7: Finish piecing the one side of the runner. Repeat again and sew the strips for the other side of the runner. Sew each end to the middle square.
Step 8: Insert pom pom trim into ends. Lay the pom pom trim on each end of the runner. Pom poms should be facing inwards. Pin in place. Adjust the needle position so it can easily stitch around the pom poms. Stitch as close to the pom pom trim inside edge as possible (approximately a 1/2″ seam allowance). Press with an iron.
Step 9: Be sure there are no pom poms in the side seam allowance. If a pom pom falls within the 1/2″ seam allowance, cut it off.
Step 10: Lay the finished runner front onto backing fabric. Cut the backing to fit the front dimensions. Adjust the backing and runner front so they are right sides facing. Pin along the outside edge. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2 seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening. Clip corners. Press seams.
Step 11: Pull the runner right side out through the opening.
Step 12: Wiggle corners into place. Turn under the seam allowances at the opening. Press with an iron.
Step 13: Hand stitch the opening closed or topstitch around the entire outside edge.
Well, I hope this table runner inspires a colorful and crafty endeavor!
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