(Closed) DIY Table Runners

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am actually in the process of making mine. We are having 20 tables so I am making 20 and have actually made 3. I’m getting a little stressed about it because it’s talking me a lot longer than I thought, but I am doing the “no sew” kind with pinning the hem tape stuff and ironing it to make it stick. If you have access to a sewing machine and know how to use it I’m sure it would be much easier. Good luck! ETA: the only reason I decided to make mine is because I could not find the color I wanted anywhere! Our colors are black, white, and latte and I could not find latte runners anywhere so I went to Hobby Lobby and found fabric. I bought about 12 yards of fabric to make 20 6″ wide and 96″ long runners. If you are just wanting plain, solid colored ones that you can find at a rental place I would just get those unless they are rediculously expensive (more than $7 a piece is ridiculous in my opinion, we paid $5 a piece for the black 12″ wide ones we are renting and we are putting the ones I made over the black ones to bring in some latte color to the table decor).

Post # 5
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1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It looks like you and I have taken on the same project! I would say it’s definitely do-able if you work on it consistently. What I did was do one in June, realize how much of a pain in the a$$ they are, and then put it off again until like last week lol. It’s a pretty time consuming process… First of all, if your reception is indoors, take a piece of fabric home and look at the swatch inside a dimmer room if that’s how your reception will be. In the store’s bright lights, my swatch (Latte from David’s Bridal) did not really match my fabric, but at home in the dimmer lights it looks perfect! After I calculated how much fabric I would need, I bought it and took it home and washed it. I’m not sure if I will ever re-use these, but if I do, I didn’t want them to be messed up if I tried to wash them for the first time after I made them. Then I just measured each runner 7″ wide for a 1/2″ allowance on each side, and 97″ long for 1/2 allowance on the ends. I bought the 1/4 inch “stitch witch” and started pinning it between the fold for the seam. Be sure to keep measuring every so often to make sure your runners are the same width all the way down. Then, with the iron on medium and steam (but if you’re using silk you might want to use a lower setting), I ironed them and pulled the pins out as I went. I have to say, the under side doesn’t look perfect, but the part that everyone will see looks great! From start to finish this one runner probably took me about 4 hours. It’s really time consuming! Sorry this is so long lol, I just want you to know what you’re in for before you start. Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂 ETA: as for cost effectiveness, I purchased my fabric at Hobby Lobby for $4.89/yard. So for 12 yards plus supplies (stitch witch, good scissors, measuring tape, and lots of pins) I spent about $85 which averages out to about $4.25/runner.

Post # 7
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1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If it were me, I would just spend the $40 and not have to worry about making them unless you just really want to DIY something. 🙂

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