How To Make A Runner For A Bedroom Dresser ~ Step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make this gorgeous beaded runner for your bedroom furniture.
I have been planning to make some runners for the furniture in our master bedroom and finally got them done! I have to admit after all of the planning, hunting for the right fabric and decorative trim and the sewing I am pretty pleased with the final product. Here I share with you the steps for how to make a runner for a bedroom dresser.
Materials For How To Make A Runner For A Bedroom Dresser
- Decorative trim
- Thread the same colour(s) as the fabric and trim
- This depends on the top surface size of the furniture you are making the runner for. I made three runners for the three pieces in my bedroom and all three runners were different widths and lengths.
- As a guideline I recommend making the width less than 1-1/2” to 2” (4 cm to 5 cm) on either side of the dresser’s width. My dresser was 17” (43 cm) wide and I made the runner 13” (36 cm) wide.
- The length of the runner will depend on the height of the furniture. I made the runner for the dresser photographed in this tutorial the length of the dresser, which was 60” (152 cm) plus another 12” (30 cm) for draping on either side. The runners I made for the tall dresser and armoire (not photographed in this tutorial) were the length plus another 15” (38 cm) for draping on either side.
- I allowed for the standard 5/8” (1.5 cm) seam allowance when cutting the fabric for the top and the interfacing.
Instructions For How To Make A Runner For A Bedroom Dresser
Step 1 – Cutting
Cut the top fabric and interfacing the same size. Pin these two pieces together with the adhesive side facing the backside. Press.
Cut each trim the width of the runner. Be sure to cut enough for both ends.
Step 2 – Trim
You will be sewing the trim onto the top piece with the interfacing.
Measure where you want the trim to begin along each end using a ruler and a quilter’s pencil. As a guideline I started my first measurement 4” (10 cm) from the raw edge. Pin and sew into place using a straight stitch and matching thread. Since this trim was beading and a bit bulky I moved my needle to the far left position. You can also use a zipper foot to make this task a little more manageable.
Measure up from the top of the first trim the width of your second trim using a ruler and quilter’s pencil. Pin and sew into place using matching thread. For this white trim I used a small zigzag stitch.
For the third trim follow the same procedure.
Step 3 – Runner
Lay the top runner piece with the decorative trim face down onto what you will be using for the back of the runner. Make sure right sides are together. Using a ruler measure about 3” (8 cm) extra of the back of the runner fabric on all sides. Pin in place.
Starting on one of the long sides in about the middle sew all the way around using a 5/8 (1.5 cm) seam allowance. Be sure to leave about a 12” (30 cm) opening so the runner can easily be turned inside out.
Trim the extra fabric on all sides and finish off the seams. Turn inside out.
Sew the opening using a blind stitch. Press.
Keeping It Real:
I used the same fabric for the top and bottom of the runners.
I found the project a bit fussy to work with even though I was working with straight seams. I’m not sure if it was the fabric I was working worth, the interfacing or a combination of both. I had to work at keeping things lined up. I didn’t quite curse but I did heave a heavy sigh a few times in frustration.
I cut the bottom side of the runner the extra 3” on all sides so that I didn’t have to try and match every side. This technique made it a lot easier to sew the pieces together.
The runner I made for the dresser was quite long measuring 114” (290 cm). That was a lot of fabric to work with.
I can’t give you an exact cost for making the three runners. I used fabric that I bought a long time ago for another project that never got made. I bought the trim at this amazing fabric warehouse and it came to about $25.00. I guess i could have bought runners for the same price but these were made to fit my furniture and I had a lot of fun designing and creating. I think it was worth the time and the cost.
I am really, Really, REALLY happy with the final product. It freshened up the furniture and added a nice decorative touch to the bedroom décor. My sighs at the end of the project were due to happiness!
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This bedroom runner was featured in All Free Sewing!
I would love to hear about your projects and what fabric and trim you decided to use!