Learn how to make a Christmas table runner with a simple and free pattern. Change the fabrics for different looks that last all winter.
I love getting out my Christmas decorations for the holidays and enjoying them all month. I’ve wanted to make a Christmas table runner for awhile, and this year I finally made it happen.
I wanted a table runner that would look good during the holidays and throughout the winter. I also wanted to make it easy to sew and reversible. I came up with a patchwork plaid version that works with my holiday decorations, but it also looks like a bunch of plaid shirts pieced together so it’ll look good in January and February.
Let me teach you how to make this simple Christmas table runner pattern!
What fabric should I use to make a table runner?
You can use quilting cotton or flannel for this table runner. You can use holiday prints, solids, or plaids like I did. You can use two fabrics to make it more uniform, or you can use a bunch of different prints to use up some scraps.
You could also cut up a bunch of mens plaid shirts to make this plaid table runner. There are so many ways to make your own pretty table runner!
Do I need to add interfacing?
Yes, it’s really important to add interfacing to this table runner. We won’t be adding batting and it won’t be quilted, so the interfacing is really important to give the table runner strength and stability.
Can I make this Christmas table runner reversible?
Yes! This table runner is patchwork on one side, and one solid fabric on the other. You can choose to display the patchwork side or the solid side. Since the table runner isn’t quilted, both sides will look great.
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Christmas Table Runner Pattern
The pieces you’ll need to cut for the Christmas table runner:
- 16 pieces of fabric cut into 10 inch by 10 inch squares
- You can have 16 different fabrics, 8 different fabrics with two squares of each fabric, 4 different fabrics with four squares of each fabric, or 2 different fabrics with eight squares of each fabric
- 1 piece of fusible interfacing 20 inch by 80 inch or 2.5 yards of 20 inch fusible interfacing
- You can piece fusible interfacing together if you need
- 1 piece of backing fabric 20 inch by 80 inch (you can cut this from 2.5 yards of fabric and have no seam or you can cut two 40 inch by 20 inch rectangles from 1.25 yards of fabric and sew a seam in the middle)
How to Make a Christmas Table Runner
After you cut out all your pieces, lay out all the squares in the pattern and design that you want. This part is fun since you can change the look depending on where you put the fabrics.
Working with a row at a time, sew the squares right sides together. You’ll have two rows of 8 squares sewn together.
Press the seams open.
Sew the two rows right sides together.
Press the seam open.
If you have two pieces of fabric for your backing, sew the short ends right sides together to create one long piece.
Fuse the fusible interfacing to the back of the backing fabric.
Place the backing and the pieced front right sides together. The back will be slightly larger so center the two pieces. Pin the layers together.
Sew around the rectangle, pivoting at the corners. Leave a 4 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Trim the corners to reduce the bulk.
Turn the table runner right side out through the hole. Carefully poke out the corners.
Press all the edges flat and crisp. Make sure the seam allowance is tucked inside the hole when you press that section.
Edgestitch around the entire table runner 1/8 inch from the edge. This will also close the hole.
Optional: Sew another row of stitching 1 inch from the edge for a special look.
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather