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How to Make a Fall Table Runner

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Inside: Fall Table Runner

Want a simple way to warm up your Fall table? Try making this simple Burlap Fall Table Runner. It’s easy to make and uses inexpensive materials like burlap and fabric scraps.

This easy Fall Table Runner can be whipped up in about an hour for under $10. All you need is a little burlap and some fabric scraps. With these easy step-by-step instructions, anyone can can make this project.

It’s the perfect simple table runner for fall decor or setting your Thanksgiving table!

Fall Table Runner

How to Make a Fall Table Runner

Materials

Supplies


Step 1. Cut Out the Table Runner

  • Cut the burlap into a 16″ x 65″ (longer or shorter depending on your table length). Serge or sew a double-folded hem to the raw edges of the burlap.
  • Set aside.

Note: Burlap can be linty and difficult to iron. I recommend using a piece of cotton fabric over the burlap when pressing.

finish burlap edges

Step 2. Download the Templates

  • Click the pink button below and download the FREE LEAF TEMPLATES. Note: Leaves can be resized by changing the settings on a printer.
  • Print and cut out as many leaves as needed to fill your table runner.

Want an ad-free, printable copy of this tutorial? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more details!


Step 3. Trace the Applique

  • Trace leaves onto the paper side of the Heat’n Bond.
  • Rough cut around each leaf, leaving a 1/4″ margin. This will make it easy to cut out the leaves once the Heat’n Bond is applied to the back of the fabric.
fall leaves

Step 4. Making the Fabric Leaves

  • With a hot, dry iron, fuse the leaves, fusible web side down, to the back of fabrics.
  • Once cooled, cut out leaves on the tracing lines.
  • Remove paper backing from leaves.
ready to applique
peel off backing

Step 5. Iron Leaves onto Burlap

  • Layout the leaves in a random pattern on the burlap runner.
  • Pin to hold so the leaves don’t move when you’re ironing them down.
  • With a hot, dry iron, fuse the leaves to the table runner.

Note: Burlap can be difficult to iron. To preserve your iron, I recommend covering the leaves with a piece of cotton fabric when pressing.

pin to burlap
iron onto burlap

Step 6. Stitching the Leaves

  • Set your machine to a 3mm straight stitch.
  • Using a contrasting thread, straight stitch around all of the leaves.
stitch to burlap

And, that’s all there is to it. 

Note: Burlap tends to create a lot of lint so be sure to brush out your machine after sewing.

table runner on table

>>> Want an ad-free, printable version of this post? Click the pink button below and download the Printable PDF instructions.

Fall Table Runner Printable Post Cover

If you want to further develop your appliqué skills, check out my eBook:

>>>Applique Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Appliqué Techniques

Applique Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Appliqué Techniques


I’ve included a short video to better explain the applique process.


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