Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial
Approx. 109cm x 34cm (43” x 13.5”)
SEAM ALLOWANCE is 6mm (1/4″) THROUGHOUT.
Making a longer table runner
This pattern uses half of the tree fabric strips to make the trees and half to make the multi-coloured binding around the outside of the table runner.
If you only use the tree strips for trees, you can double the number of trees you can cut from the same amount of fabric. Simply add another fabric to your requirements list for the binding – you will be cutting 6.5cm (2.5”) strips from the binding fabric, and need enough strips to go around the outside of your runner, plus 15-20cm (5” to 8”) – don’t forget to increase your filler strips (allow 75cm for each extra tree), your wadding and backing fabric!
Cut one 6.4cm (2.5”) square from each of your tree strips.
You need one per tree in your table runner, so if your table runner has more than 10 trees in it, you will need extra 2.5” squares, you can cut two squares from each strip without affecting the number of trees you can cut out.
Lay the remainder of the strips (the longer parts) out in front of you and decide on your layout (each tree will include 5 fabrics).
|To replicate our design the layout should be:
1. Red spots 6. Red swirls
2. Blue swirls 7. Green spots
3. Green spots 8. Gold swirls
4. Pink swirls 9. Orange spots
5. Brown spots 10. Mustard swirls
Place the bottom two strips on top of each other, right sides facing each other, and sew together along one long side.
Place your sewn strips back in your pattern and then place the next strip in the pattern on top of the top sewn strip. Sew along the long raw straight edge.
Continue adding strips in this way until you have sewn all your strips together.
Now iron your seams out flat.
If you are making the same size runner as ours, you now need to cut seven, 6.4cm (2.5”) wide strips from your patchwork.
If you are using a separate fabric for your binding, cut that into sufficient strips (6.4cm/2.5″ wide) to go around the whole of your table runner, plus approx. 20cm (8“).
You now need to sew your strips together to make one long strip (this will be used to bind your table runner later on). Take two of your strips and place them on top of each other, right sides facing each other, with the strips arranged to ensure that the two squares on top of each other on at right end are not the same. Sew together along the short edge and then press the seam open.
Continue adding the rest of your strips to your chain.
Finish by ironing your tape in half long ways (so that the long raw edges meet).
Roll up your binding tape and secure with a pin for later.
Place what is left of your patchwork back in front of you and start drawing your tree shapes out.
Bear in mind that the tip of the triangle will disappear in your seam allowance, so you need to include a lot of the top fabric in your tree if you want to be sure to see it. We found it useful to draw a line along the 5th fabric down, halfway down the strip, to use as a baseline for the tree template.
Work across the fabric, flipping the template up and then down, until you have filled the first five rows with triangles (if you are making our standard size runner you will have 4 trees drawn at this stage).
Move down to the second half of the patchwork and draw another line, this time halfway down the bottom row of fabric. Draw your tree shapes as before. You should now have a minimum of 8 trees drawn out.
Cut your trees out and lay them out to create your preferred design.