(Closed) DIY Table Runners

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you’re not totally set on silk….. my sister-in-law used wallpaper instead of fabric for table runners.  They saved tons of money doing this (I believe they cut it in half and to the length of the table), and you never would have known it was wallpaper!  It was a really pretty pattern that totally worked with their wedding, too.  In your case, if you’re planning to stamp something, it would probably be much easier to stamp on heavy paper than it would on fabric.  Just a thought!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

If you go the fabric route, it’s easy to make no sew runners using a hemming tape called stitch witch.  All you use is an iron and the runners turn out perfect. HTH!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I made DIY runners using iron-on hem tape, for my 5′ round tables. I got 56" wide fabric and got three runners across the width. I used 2.5 yards for each three runners– with JoAnn’s coupons, it was very economical.

Tips: If your fabric has a pattern or stripe in it, so much the better– easier to cut long straight lines to make sure your runners aren’t crooked! (but if it’s a little crooked, don’t worry, you’re going to hem anyway)

I ran my fabric down the long hallway in my apartment, and folded it in half lengthwise. I measured 18.5" in from the cut side, and cut along that line. The folded section was just about 9.25" wide when folded, so I only had to cut once for all three runners. Make sure you pin your fabric together so it doesn’t shift when cutting.

The ironing part is the most tedious. You don’t have to iron a hem before ironing the tape in, but unless you’ve got a good eyeball skill, you may want to, to prevent getting non-parallel lines.

Finally, you can fold the iron on tape in half if you come to a spot where your fabric was cut crooked, and you don’t have the full 1/2" or whatever to fold over. You don’t want the let the iron come into direct contact with the tape, it melts!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I’m thinking of doing the same thing but with paper. A lot of art supply stores have really cool colored paper and BIG sheets of it. The paper I may use is home made and has a silk look to it.  I might just cut out big circles and have a girl friend paint designs on it.

 Good luck!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

tanya, that was totally helpful. can you tell me approximately how much one runner ended up to be (i know that it depends on the fabric). i’m debating whether to order runners from a website or just go and make my own. thanks so much!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I would like to have table runners too and I had the idea of maybe just finding some very wide ribbon. I think it would need to be 6" or bigger. Does anyone know of a place to look for ribbon this wide? I have found spools of tulle that wide, but not colored ribbon. Any ideas would be helpful!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Eggplant– my fabric was originally $6.99/yard, and it was 40% off, so it came out to about $4/yard. It took 2.5 yards for 3 runners, so it cost $12 for 3 runners. So about $4 each, not counting the iron on tape, which cost about $4 for all of 24 runners I made. It was fairly tedious labor, though– all the cutting and endless ironing. And my cat kept trying to "help" and messed up my measurements!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Can anyone post some pictures of their runners?  I am contemplating on either runners or a sheer table cover on top off the white table cover.  Thanks!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Resurrecting this thread from the dead. 🙂

Can any of you ladies (if you’re still around) share pictures of your finished product?

Thanks!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I want to see some more examples!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@aubrav:

Unless you are really set on DIY, I wouldn’t. I bought some satin chair sashes to use for runners my daughter’s wedding, they were very pretty and they were less expensive than making them – by far. I would use your DIY time more wisely! 🙂 You can check either efavormart.com or http://www.weddinglinensdirect.com or you could try the paper?  🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@rlsulli1598:  I had found some cheap chair sashes but didn’t know you could use them as table runners.  The ones I found are 8″ x 108″, do you think these would work?

Thanks!

Post # 16
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Wannabee

I am working on table runners for my sister’s wedding.  She is having an outdoor wedding in a pavillion with picnic tables, so we need runners that will stretch across the length of a picnic table.  I am making them out out queen size sheets I found at a discount store and some stitch witchery (iron on hemming found in fabric stores).  So far they are looking great!  This is not the best picture with the wrinkled tablecloth underneath it.

I’m getting about 10 runners (@ about $2 a piece) out of one set of sheets with fabric left over in case I think of other projects (thinking maybe chair sashes for bride and groom).  You could use curtains or whatever other fabric items you can find cheap. 

The wallpaper idea is a great one too!

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