I made the cutest ruffled table runner the other day. I thought it would look nice with my Easter centerpiece. It was super easy, and if you don’t have a tired, crying baby who loves to breastfeed, it might only take you an hour or two! Here’s what you need:
-3 strips of coordinating fabric, 72″ x 4″ each (I sewed together two 36″ x 4″ pieces to make each strip)
– 4 yards of coordinating ribbons
(I used 1.75″ grosgrain)
– coordinating thread for decorative stitching
– Use 1/4″ seam allowance on everything except the decorative stitch
Gather that stuff up, and here we go!
Step One: Use a basting stitch to stitch up the long sides of each fabric strip. Be sure to do both sides. When you’re done, gently tug the bobbin thread. As you tug more, the fabric will start to ruffle. Keep pulling until it is as ruffled as you want it.
Step Two: Once you have basted and ruffled each strip, make sure they are the same length. Adjust your ruffles if necessary. Then, place two pieces right sides together, and stitch them together. Repeat for the third piece. Now you will have a long, ruffled runner made of your three fabric strips.
Step Three: Fold your ribbon in half length-wise and pin it around the ruffled pieces. Use the ribbon as you would bias tape. I ironed my ribbon in half first; it helped keep its shape while I was pinning.
Step Four: When you get to the corners, pinch your fabric inwards, and fold over the corner like so:
Step Five: Use a decorative stitch to attach your ribbon to the ruffled piece. I used a thicker zig-zag in contrasting thread. If you’re like me, and you accidentally miss stitches here and there, use tacky glue to keep the ribbon on ;)
And there you go: a ruffled Spring/Easter table runner! Think of what cute fabrics you could use for other holidays and seasons!