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How to Make a Table Runner

If you’ve ever looked for a special table covering for your home but cannot find what you are looking for, maybe it’s time to make your own! Today I will show you how to make a table runner.


I am adding a trim with mitered corners to this project. It adds a tailored touch and an opportunity to introduce another color, matching or contrasting; whatever you choose. You can use this method to make placemats, table cloths, or just about any fabric you’d like to trim.



Choose ANY fabric you desire for the base and trim and it can have a completely different look!

I made this table runner and matching DIY napkin rings (tutorial HERE) for our Father’s Day celebration, but these fabrics would also be fitting for a masculine party of any kind, from a little boy to an adult man.


Buying Fabric

Shopping for fabric is definitely the fun part. Pick a fabric that is medium weight, washable, and easy to sew, for the best results. This project does not require a lot of fabric, so you could spend a little more per yard! 

Keep in mind your plate and centerpiece colors. If you are making the DIY napkin rings (tutorial HERE) to match existing tableware, select colors to match or contrast.

The size is your personal choice based on the size of your table. My table runner is 90 inches long and 16 1/2 inches wide. There are standard sizes available in stores, but this is the perfect chance to make it exactly the size you want. Take advantage of it! 😁

If you are not lining the table runner, buy the amount of fabric for the size that you are making it. That’s the easiest sewing equation ever.😂

To line the tablecloth, just double the amount of fabric. Or buy the exact same amount in your lining fabric.

This table runner will be reversible if you add a lining. So, you can have some fun selecting two fabrics, one for each side. Just be sure they are opaque, not transparent or you will see the fabric’s design through to the other side.

To make the bias trim, see this tutorial. You should only need 1/2 yard of fabric for the trim on most tables unless it is huge.

Materials Needed for a Table Runner

Bias Trim
Pins or Wonder Clips
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Thread Trimmer optional
Straight Edge optional



DIY Table Runner Instructions

You’ll need a continuous bias strip for the trim. You can make it yourself or purchase it at a craft store. 

With right sides together, pin the trim to the edge of the table runner base fabric. If you are a confident sewer you could skip this. See the photo below.

Using your chosen seam allowance width, stitch all the way around. See this video to help understand how to do the corners.


Flip the corner diagonal “miter” piece over and stitch going the other straight away. See below.


When you have attached the trim all the way around, turn or fold it over to the right side. See below. You can pin at this point a little bit just to get started and keep you on track.



Now, complete the mitered corners on this side as well. It’s much easier on this side!



I like to slide it out of the sewing machine, to adjust. Then tuck it back in the machine to sew it down.



There you have it. A custom-made table runner. Enjoy!


Now you know to make a table runner and how easy it is! Let me know if you try it.😃

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2 comments on “How to Make a Table Runner

  1. love the fabric! thanks for sharing this idea and the napkin ring. i love to sew napkins as well so that idea will go perfectly together♥

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