Christmas Tree Table Runner Sew Along – Day 2


Welcome to day 2 of our Christmas Tree Table Runner Sew Along.

If you missed day 1 – click here to download the requirements, templates and instructions to get you up to the point where you have all your tree shapes sewn together and cut out.

Today we are going to sew our trees together then tomorrow we will add the and add the end pieces and tree trunks.  Then on day four, we will tackle quilting and binding.

By now you should have:

  • your binding strips all cut, sewn together and put to one side.
  • a minimum of one 6.4cm (2.5″) square put to one side for each tree in your runner (for a standard runner you should have a minimum of 8 squares).
  • all your tree shapes cut out, using the template available to download in part 1.

Start by laying your trees out in your preferred design.


Cut 7 x 30cm strips of your filler fabric (put the off cuts to one side for later).

If you have made your table runner longer than ours, you will need one extra strip for every extra tree in your design.

Place one strip between each pair of trees in your design – DO NOT place any strips at the ends of the runner, only in-between pairs of trees.


Working from the left to the right, we are going to sew one strip to each tree shape.

Take the first tree on the left and the adjacent strip (this should be on the right of the tree).  Flip the tree over, so that:

  • the right side of the tree is facing the right side of the strip below,
  • the left hand long raw edges of the two fabrics are lined up,
  • 3cm of the strip fabric extends below the bottom left corner of the tree.


Sew the two strips together. DO NOT press the seam open.

Take a ruler and measure down from the tip, along the side of the tree without a strip attached, 1.5cm (5/8ths”) and make a small mark.


Press the sewn seam open.

Now trim the bottom of the strip back in line with the bottom of the tree.  DO NOT touch the top of the tree.


Place the tree back in your design.  Flip the next tree over onto the next strip, line the tree and strip up as before, remembering to leave 3cm of strip visible at the bottom of the tree.


Sew together and then press the seam open.   Now trim the bottom of sashing back in line with the bottom of the tree.  DO NOT touch the top of the tree.

Looking at the back of your tree, locate the bottom corner of the tree, on the side without the sashing and make a mark 6mm in from the corner (along the bottom edge).


Continue to work across your design, adding trees to strips, and marking 6mm in along the bottom of each tree.

When you reach the last tree you will not have a strip to attach – this is correct.  Turn the last tree over, so you are looking at its back, and mark 6mm in from the bottom right corner.

With the trees laid out in their final positions….


Fold the first (left hand) tree over onto the next tree, so that:

  • The right sides of the trees are facing each other.
  • The long raw edge of the strip is lined up with the long raw edge of the tree underneath.
  • The mark you made near the top of the top tree is lined up with the bottom edge of the bottom tree.


Sew the two trees together along the long raw edge of the top strip and then press the seam open.

Trim the strips back straight (in line with the bottom of the trees, both those facing up and down).


Now add the next tree.  This time make sure that:

  • The right sides of the trees are facing each other.
  • The long raw edge of the third tree is lined up with the long raw edge of the strip attached to the second tree (the bottom tree).
  • The mark you made along the bottom of the third tree is lined up with the outside edge of the table runner.


Sew the tree into place and press the seam open.  Then trim the excess sashing from the seam allowance on the back of your table runner and from the top of the table runner.


Continue adding the rest of your trees in the same way as the last tree.


Well done!   Tomorrow we will add the end pieces and the tree trunks 🙂

 


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