Over a year ago I saw a decor photo of this amazing table runner somewhere on the great wide web. I couldn’t find it anywhere to buy it so I decided to do a quick no-sew homage! Full Disclosure: This is Round 2 of this lovely diy! When I made this cute table runner it was in anticipation of putting it in our new house (which was in the building process at the time). I made it, loved it and when we moved in I displayed it in all of its DIY glory on our big farmhouse table.
It lasted a whopping six months friends! I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a brisk afternoon in spring, cloudy with a slight breeze. We had just finished up our afternoon family knitting lesson when my sons hot cocoa spilled on the runner, gasp! Ok that was a ridiculous dramatization…but I really wanted to set the scene. It actually went down something like this…child gets chocolate milk, child is drawing with crayons, childs elbow knocks said milk over on the table runner. Womp womp. I pretreated and washed on cold to no avail so that pretty table linen is chillin’ at the landfill as I type this.
But today was a day for redemption!! This cute project lives to see another day, and since I was making it (ahem…for the second time) I decided to snap some pictures and share this cute and easy DIY with you all!!
Oh! Before I forget! This girl doesn’t sew…I mean I have, and I can, but I don’t. So if you do…by all means you hem this table runner to your hearts content! I’ll just be over here with my iron and heat bond hemming tape like “Hey Girl, Heeeeeey!”.
Heres what you’ll need!
- White duck cloth (medium weight) I bought 3 yards. We have a seven foot table, you could adjust the amount of fabric depending on the length of your table.
- Black craft paint and small craft paint brush.
- Measuring tape and ruler.
- Heat bond hemming tape.
Step 1: Lay out your fabric and cut it to 18 inches wide, you will also trim the length. I like to leave an extra 4 inches at either end so that it hangs nicely off the end of the table. You will be folding over 1 inch on all sides to use the hemming tape so your finished width will end up being 16 inches.
Step 2: Unroll the heat activated hemming tape to the length of the runner, paper side up. Next, peel off the paper from the hemming tape, fold over the fabric and use a preheated iron just long enough for the fabric to adhere.
Step 3: Once all of your sides are “hemmed” it should look like this…
At this point you’ll flip the runner over to the finished side, grab your ruler and pencil and start making your marks. Using your ruler make marks at every inch.
I used my ruler for reference and made the inch marks varying sizes so that it looked like a real ruler. For example the 1/4 “inch” mark was 2 inches long, the 6 “inch” mark was 3 inches long and the 1 “inch” mark was 4 inches long. Like this…
Step 4: when you’ve made all of your marks on both sides you will trace the numbers on next. I used this number stencil that I have… (Excuse the black paint all over it! It’s well loved!)
Finally, after all of your numbers have been traced, you can grab your paint and get to work! Using your paintbrush you will just trace each inch mark and paint on the numbers!
Look how cute!! So simple too! Now if I can just keep the chocolate milk away from it we’ll have it made! Thanks for joining me for this fun DIY!