Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial ~ Step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make a lined runner for a coffee table. Perfect for a beginner or reluctant sewer!
This is a sewing project that I have been planning to do for a long time. The previous coffee table runner that I purchased several years ago was starting to look faded and worn. So I wanted something new to freshen things up in the living room.
I searched in the stores for one I liked. It needed to be the right size and the right colour and the right price. The coffee table is quite large and one of the accent colours in our living room area is burgundy one of my favourite colours.
I am also quite picky when it comes to the type of fabric I will buy. When I was younger and doing a lot of sewing I remember buying poor quality fabric that was a really good price thinking I was saving money. But after a couple of wears and washings the garment that I spent hours sewing no longer looked like something I was proud to wear. Through trial and error I discovered what fabrics to stay away from and what types of fabrics were perfect for different sewing projects.
I couldn’t find anything that met these requirements so I decided to sew my own.
The timing of this fabric project is perfect because I have teamed up with eleven other Canadian talented DIY bloggers for our monthly DIY challenge. This month it is a fabric challenge and at the end of this post you will find links to each of their great projects. It is fun to see what they created with fabric and what kind of fabric they chose to work with. If you are a DIY blogger and on Instagram you are also invited to join us in our monthly Instagram Challenge. The hashtag for this challenge is #12monthsofdiy. Just add your Instagram pic to the hashtag and follow all twelve bloggers in this challenge. At the end of the month we will vote on our favourite project and announce it on our Instagram feed. It is a fun way to connect and share projects!
Finding the right fabric in the fabric stores also proved to be a problem. But then I explored OnLine Fabric Store at onlinefabricstore.net . In no time I found exactly the right colour in the right fabric. I selected a beautiful rich burgundy colour that had a textured pattern to add some interest and depth to the fabric. It was a mixture of polyester, rayon and cotton making it really nice to work with when sewing and it looked fabulous when completed. It was from the Waverly line and called Sonoma Scroll Berry.
I loved that it was priced quite reasonably and came in a 54” width. With one yard I was able to make one lined coffee table runner and I have enough fabric leftover to make two accent pillows and use in one other DIY project that I will be sharing next month.
Coffee Table Runners are quite easy to sew. A basic sewing machine and beginning sewing skills are all you need to complete this project. I am presenting the tutorial with fabric measurements to fit my coffee table. You may have to adjust your measurements to fit the size of your coffee table.
I also chose to line my coffee table with a matching burgundy coloured lining fabric that I picked up at the fabric store in the city. This made the runner a little less expensive to sew and I wanted the extra Waverly fabric for my other projects. I also think the lining adds to the quality of how the runner looks and hangs on the coffee table.
So let us get started on my…
Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial
- 1 yard length of 54” width fabric
- 1 ½ yard length of 36” of matching lining fabric
- sewing thread
- ruler or metre stick
- dressmaker pencil
- sewing pins
- basting thread
Measure and cut one rectangle 18” wide and 54” long of the fabric.
Measure and cut one rectangle 22” wide and 58” long of the lining.
As you can see I pinned the fabric wrong side up on top of the lining and measured an extra two inches on all four sides. I used a dressmaker pencil to draw the straight lines. This made it easy for me to cut the lining fabric to the size I wanted.
Tip #1: Why make the lining bigger than the fabric? I have sewn runners before where I cut the fabric and the lining the same size. But when I tried to sew the two pieces together they always ended up uneven and I had to take the whole thing apart and do it again. I found the fabric shifted as I sewed all the way around even though everything was pinned really well. I learned by making the lining fabric two inches wider all the way around I was able to compensate for a bit of shifting.
Tip #2: Spend the time pinning the two pieces of fabric together. I suggest a row of pins down the middle and secure the four edges of the fabric with another row of pins.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together using a 5/8’ seam allowance. Leave about a 6 to 7 inch opening at one end.
Trim the extra fabric to about 1/2″ and finish the edges with a zigzag stich so the edges do not ravel. Carefully trim a bit of the extra fabric at the corners.
Turn the fabric inside out and using a blind stitch hand sew the opening.
I highly recommend basting the sides with basting thread to get a nicely pressed edge on all four sides. Basting thread is a cotton thread so when pressed it will not melt into the fabric and is easy to remove. Basting is a sewing technique where you secure the fabric with big visible stitches that are later removed. It is an easy way to secure fabric temporarily when sewing or pressing. This step takes a little bit of time but it makes ironing the edges a lot easier.
This is totally optional depending upon the type of fabric that you use but I took the finished coffee table runner to the dry cleaner with the basting stitches still in tact so it was professionally pressed. I removed the basting thread after I picked it up from the dry cleaner.
That is it! That is my Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial. Here are a few more beauty shots.
Final Comments: I have to admit I am really happy with the quality of the fabric and how beautifully the coffee table runner turned out. If you want to see more of what my living room looks like I invite you to visit my Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour 2014. You will see amongst the Christmas décor that the walls in this main floor area are painted a Benjamin Moore neutral beige colour called Bluff with one wall painted a rich General paint colour called burgundy paint colour called English Red. So this burgundy coloured coffee table runner became a perfect fabric accessory in this room.
I have sewn other runners for my home. I also love the colour blue in a bedroom. I sewed three of this kind for the furniture in the master bedroom…
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Online Fabric Store for this post. However, the opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products and companies that I use and love myself.
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Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial from Time with Thea (That is me!)
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