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Peta has an Easter Egg Table Runner tutorial for you. The bright colors and interesting technique make it an extra fun springtime project… Enjoy!
I love heading to the shops at this time of the year. There are spring- and Easter-themed things to see and buy everywhere, and the bright, cheerful colors always make me feel happy! This table runner is great for using up leftover fabric scraps to help bring a little bit that bright and cheery feeling into your home.
- Fabric Scraps, 1” – 2.25” wide and at least 8.5” long: you will need around 36-44 + one 10” x 14” rectangle of solid fabric for the center egg background
- Two 10” x 14” Solid Fabric, for the left + right egg backgrounds
- ½ Yard Backing Fabric, cut one 16.5” x 28.5” rectangle
- One Fat Eighth Binding Fabric
- 16” x 28” Piece of Batting
- Freezer Paper
- Spray Starch or Flatter
- Easter Egg Template
- Sewing Machine with a ¼” foot
- General Sewing Supplies
1. Arrange and sew the scrap fabric strips together to make three rectangles that are at least 8” x 11”.
2. Print three Easter Egg Templates on the dull side of the freezer paper. Make sure that the printer is set to print at 100% and not “scale/fit to page.” Leaving the freezer paper on the outside of the egg shape intact, cut out the center of the shape with paper scissors.
Note: If you don’t have precut letter sized freezer paper sheets you can cut your own from a roll.
3. Center the freezer paper on the wrong side of one of the 10” x 14” solid fabrics, then press with a hot dry iron. The freezer paper will stick to the paper.
4. Referring to the step-by-step images (a) fold the fabric in half and make a small cut in the center of the fabric egg shape. (b) Open the fabric back up and trim a 3/8” seam allowance around the inside the freezer paper. (c) Use a small pair of embroidery scissors to snip into the seam allowance at least every 1/4” stopping at least 1/16″ before the freezer paper. (d) Spray the seam allowance with starch or Flatter and then use a hot iron to flip the seam allowance back over the freezer paper egg shape. Press well.
Turn the fabric over so the right side is facing up and make sure that the egg shape is even and firm against the freezer paper. If there are any jagged edges or if the seam allowance is a bit loose in one area, respray with starch or Flatter, flip back over to the wrong side and press again. Carefully remove the freezer paper.
5. Center the completed egg shape background over one of the strip sets made in Step 1 and pin in place.
6. Using coordinating thread sew a 1/8” seam around the egg shape to secure the strip set and background in place.
7. Taking care to ensure that the background fabric is out of the way, trim the excess fabric from the strip set.
8. Repeat Steps 3 through 7 to make two more strip set egg/background fabric units.
9. Fold each completed strip set egg/background fabric unit in half horizontally and vertically and then press lightly to mark the center of the egg shape. Trim to 8.5” x 12.5” as shown.
10. Using a 1/4” seam allowance join the three strip set egg/background fabric units together so the single color background is in the center and the two outside units match.
11. Layer the backing fabric (right side down), then the batting and finally the quilt top (right side up) to form a quilt sandwich. Spray or pin baste as desired.
12. Machine or hand quilt as desired.
13. Trim away excess batting and backing, leaving a 1/8″ of batting and backing beyond the quilt. This will help ensure that the binding is full and even on both sides of the table runner.
14. Cut four strips 2½” x 22″ from the fat eighth of binding fabric. Sew the strips together lengthwise so you have one continuous piece of fabric. Press seams open, then press the long binding strip in half lengthways with wrong sides together. Attach the strip to the quilt using your preferred binding method.