Make a No Sew Table Runner using Fat Quarters and fabric tape. For my lemon themed tablescape, I wanted a pretty lemon print runner.
When I spotted some fat quarters with a great design, I decided to make a DIY one. It’s simple and only takes a few minutes to make.
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Lemon decor is great for both spring and summer time. Putting together a table setting using lots of lemon elements is a fun way to create a bright, cheerful spot. You might also like my simple tutorial for my Centerpiece DIY for Lemon Tablescape
Lemon Print Table Runner DIY
Since I’m using fat quarters, I needed to use two of them. This would be even easier to make it you have longer fabric. I priced some fabric and found that buying the fat quarters was more budget friendly. I found these at Walmart for .97 cents each. I used two of them for the table runner and a strip of the third one for some backing. The rest of the third one was used to make my Lemon Coasters.
How to Make a No Sew Table Runner
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Making a No Sew Table Runner From Fat Quarters
- Iron the fabric.
If you are using fat quarters you need to iron out all of the creases from the folds.
- Measure the fabric.
Using a fabric measuring tape, find the center of the cloth.
Fold each side lengthwise to meet in the center.
- Iron the folds.
Iron along the edges to create a crisp crease.
- Place fabric with the back side up and add a strip of fabric tape along the length.
Press the fabric onto the double sided tape, making sure it’s smooth.
Repeat for the other side.
- Fold the ends of the fabric to create a hem and iron to create a crease.
Press a strip of tape along the crease and press fabric onto the tape.
- Repeat steps 1-5 with a second fat quarter.
You’ll need to to this for two to three fat quarters depending on the length of your table.
- Join the sections of fat quarters together, back side up.
Line the sections of fabric lengthwise on a flat surface.
Make sure each section lines up with the next one, end to end.
- Add double sided fabric tape to connect the sections.
The tape will overlap the two sections.
- Cut a strip of fabric one inch wide and long enough to cover the strip of tape.
Add the fabric to the tape, making sure it’s smooth.
- Repeat steps 6 through 8 for additional sections.
For my no sew table runner, I used double sided clear fabric tape. You could use heat bond tape if your prefer.
After ironing the fabric, make the folds in each section that you’ll be using. Bring the fabric to the center and add tape for both sides to secure it.
Iron a crease for each end to create a hem. Add tape along the fold and press the fabric down onto it.
Since this is the back side of the table runner, I wasn’t concerned about the raw edges of the fabric hem showing.
After you’ve made enough of the panels to fit your table, you’ll want to join them together using strips of fabric and more tape. Cut a strip about one inch wide.
Line up the panels end to end back side up. Add fabric tape along the spot where they meet.
Add the strip of fabric to the tape. Press down and make sure it’s smooth. Repeat this for each panel that you have.
Since I’ll be using this on my breakfast table, two panels is long enough. The joint at which the panels meet won’t be very noticeable once the centerpiece is on it.
My breakfast table is pub height so I don’t like for table runners to drape over the ends. It always seems to be in the way of sitting at the ends of the table. This one reaches within a couple of inches of the ends of the table.
Plates or chargers can be place over them so that you won’t see where the ends are.
I’m pleased with how this turned out and since the fat quarters are inexpensive, it’s a low cost table runner.
If you’re like me and don’t do any sewing, using either double sided fabric tape or heat bond tape is the way to go!
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DIY No Sew Table Runner
Supply List for No Sew Table Runner with Lemon Print Fabric
- Lemon Print Fat Quarters
- Double Sided Tape
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Measuring Tape
I’m loving how my lemon theme tablescape is all coming together. The coasters and the centerpiece both go great with this table runner. I’ll share the completed look later this week along with a couple of other lemon decor DIY pieces.