Post # 1
I have mama-brain this morning and can’t figure out how much burlap I should order. I would like a bit extra “just in case” . I would also like to hear your opinions/advice on anything to do with the burlap as well! Thanks!
So, we are putting two 2.5x5ft tables together to make squares. We tested a regular width table runner (about 13 inches thick) and it was way too thin. We (mom and I) were thinking that a big piece would be nicer and to make the table runners double that (say 25 inches). I estimated just over 2 yards needed for length but I am not sure how much overhang I should have. Does burlap hang over properly or will it be too stiff?
So, basically…it’s 54 inch wide 10oz burlap. I figure I can make two table runners for each section (length) I need for a runner. I need 12 big table runners for square tables but then we are having 4-6 long rectangles (the 2.5ft x 5ft) tables for the head tables so I will have to make long regular width ones (13″or so). I figure I can make extra narrow ones as well for 1) two guest tables 2) coffee/tea station table 3) dessert table 4)other? Do I need some for the “buffet” tables under neath the dishes that the caterer will put out?
I was thinking I would not make a ruffle on the burlap but it sure does look cute. I’d like to have extra in case I decide later on impulsively to make ruffles! I was hoping to sew a line near the edge and hand fray the edges of them. Will this look too messy?
Any tips would be great!
Post # 3
If this helps…. I made 10ft x 1ft table runners for 3ft x 8ft tables (with ruffles) and guestimated 3 yards per 2 runners (2 fit on a width of 40″) for mine and had plenty left over to make pillow slips and flags for deco. The ruffles were definitely the most challenging part, but once I did a few, it wasn’t bad. I had minimal sewing experience before hand and really didn’t find the whole thing challenging. I did make runners for our buffet tables (out of a different fabric) and was glad I did – as it added some of our wedding flair to the buffet line. I didn’t fray our runners, I made 1 inch hems on all sides (which was super easy and think it would probably be easier to do the hems than the fraying). The burlap hung over the sides just fine; it wasn’t too stiff or anything.
Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
Post # 4
Thank you! I really appreciate this! I have a lot of other fabric as well that I can mix in. We don’t have a colour scheme but more of a country shabby chic thing…I would love to see more pics of your wedding-like the buffet tables, flags…what do you mean flags? I love the ideas you have shared.
I am thinking an extra foot on each side (of the end of the table) would be sufficient for drop?Can I ask how you stored them after you made them, or if you had to iron them all beforehand?
I have a really nice chunk of pink floral ralph lauren fabric I got for cheap (like 8 yards for 15 $ off another person). I thought if making our own cloth napkins and then I guess for the buffet tables-this would tie them in! Good idea-thanks!
Post # 5
Your idea for the RL fabric you have is wonderful. That’s a great way to tie it all together! We didn’t do much for “storing” as I made them in CA and shipped them very tightly packed to NH for our wedding. There was definitely no ironing involved! Burlap is fairly forgiving… we made up the tables a few days before the wedding (we had the venue for a week in advance – small town!) and there were no wrinkles on the runners at all. (Not so much for our tablecloths that we rented for underneath – but I really didn’t care at that point.) My one piece of advice if you are using rental tablecloths as a base is to communicate the exact size of the rental cloth you want – as opposed to the table size they’re going on. The folks we rented from ordered them big enough for the table, but our runners ended up hanging longer (which irked me, but no one else seemed to care or notice). I’ll PM you a link to our wedding photos online and you can just PM me if you have any questions about our decor.