Christmas Table Runner and Some Beginner Quilting

Christmas table runnerThis Christmas table runner is a good project for those trying to learn quilting and it is also my way of getting to know my new sewing machine.  Many of you have followed my battles with my Juki.  Well, those days are over, I'm happy to say, thanks to a birthday present from my husband.  I'll tell you more about the new machine in a subsequent post but suffice it to say, the Juki has seen its last days.

Christmas table runnerBut for now, I have decided to make a project that will allow me to get to know the machine while practicing my quilting skills.  If you're interested in learning more about quilting, don't miss our article about Beginner Quilting.

Beginner Quilting

This Christmas table runner is a simple design I got from last summer trip to Eastern Europe in the lovely country of Lithuania.  I saw the table runner in a shop dedicated to Santa Claus and all things Christmas.  The owner of the shop was sewing a table center with a very old mechanical machine.  I asked her how she made it and she was very happy to explain.  She said it was an old pattern that her grandmother had taught her and so it was a common thing to sew if you are just starting at quilting.

Christmas table runnerThe table runner has three flowers.  I have used two different colors of fabric, golden white on one side and red on the other.

The measurement of this Christmas table runner is 41″ X 15″.

Materials

  • 2 yards of quilting cotton for the primary color
  • 2 yards of quilting cotton to contrast
  • Light cotton cover polyester thread to match
  • Lightweight batting
  • 3 cover buttons on white

Tools

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Pattern Layout

Christmas table runner

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How to make the Christmas table runner

The table runner is laid out in three parts that I will call flowers.  Each flower is composed of 12 petals.  Four of the petals are going to be made by sewing the circles together while the other 8 are sewn separately.

Christmas table runner

Step One: Cutting the pieces

You will have to cut the following amount of pieces:

  • 12 round circles in red
  • 12 round circles in white
  • 12 round circles in light batting
  • 24 red petals
  • 24 white petals
  • 24 light batting petals

Step Two:  Assembling the petals and circles

The assembling of the petals and the circles is the same.  To expedite this project I suggest you assemble all components before starting to sew them together into the runner.

You will need three pieces per petal shown below. Christmas table runner

  1. Place one piece of batting on the table.
  2. On top of the batting, place a light color petal print side up.
  3. Place a red petal print side down on top of the white petal.
  4. Repeat the same procedure on all 24 petals.

The order of the layers is important as you'll see when we turn the components leaving the batting inside.

The procedure is the same for the circles and you will also need three pieces

 Christmas table runnerStep Three: Assembling and sewing the flowers.

The seam allowance for all pieces is 3/8″ (1cm).  Leave a 1.5″ (4 cm) on the circles andChristmas table runner 1″ (2.5 to 3cm) gap on the petals to turn print side out.Christmas table runnerTrim the seam allowance by half.Christmas table runnerTurn print side out and pin and sew using a hand needle and thread close the gap.Christmas table runnerYou will need 12 circles and 24 petals to make a 3-flower Christmas table runner.Christmas table runner

Step Four: How to sew the flowers

The flower is made by sewing together four circles and 8 petals.

Following your pattern, you will see a square in the middle.  The square is the stitching line.  Transfer the square to the circles with a washable fabric marker or tailor's chalk.

Take two circles red sides together, sew on side of the square. Christmas table runnerRepeat with all the 12 circles, you should have 6 pairs.Christmas table runner

Take two pairs, pin and sew the bottom of the square. Christmas table runnerChristmas table runnerMake three clusters of flowers. Christmas table runnerWhite sides together, sew on the red side joining two clusters. Christmas table runnerThe table runner should look like this. Christmas table runnerAdd the last cluster the same way as above by joining white sides together and sewing on the red side. Christmas table runner

Step Five: Add the petals

Add eight petal for every flower, two on each side. You can sew the petals using a hand needle or your machine. Christmas table runnerSew petal leaving space for the other one. Christmas table runnerSew the other petal next to it. Fold back the first petal to be able to sew the next one. Christmas table runner

Step Six: Add the cover buttons

I have covered the buttons with the white fabric, but you can choose any other kind of fabric.  If you want to learn how to make fabric covered buttons this tutorial is very easy to follow.

Christmas table runnerI have taken my time with this project because I have a new sewing machine that I need to learn to use and the only way I can do that is by having a reason to use it.  It is a very complicated machine and I will be showing you when I unboxed it in a future post.

Until next time!  Please feel free to share pictures of your work in the comments below!  If you don't remember how, please refer back to this post on how you can easily add images to your comments.

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89 Responses to Christmas Table Runner and Some Beginner Quilting

  1. Loretta Griffin says:

    Do you have to add a seam allowance or is it already included….

  2. Jen Maughan says:

    My first attempt, love the pattern and had so many positive responces. I’m going to make a couple a smaller ones only using four circles and eight leaves. I used a dinner plate for the template and measured the leaves off that
    Hope I’ve managed download a photo

  3. Ann chilles says:

    You incease the pattern 200%

  4. Marli says:

    Hello!
    I want to start on this table runner as well. Question is, what batting should I use?
    Here in Germany where I am located it is possible to get „Vlieseline“ in different thickness. What thickness would you recommend? It varies in cm, like 0,2; 0,5; 1cm and so on.
    Could I use some spare cotton scraps as a batting? Or plain cotton fabric?
    My main fabrics are also cotton with a nice christmas print in white and red (because I like your design so much :P).

    Unlike the previous poster I had no issues with printing it.. on paper it seems round and good.

    Thanks in advance for your answer!
    Yours, Marli

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Marli .2 would be the best because after you sew the layers together your machine might have a hard time stitching the leaves because of the thickness, try making a leave with the scrap cotton and see if you like the thickness I would say a double layer of cotton might do i. I am all for recycling and using the leftovers so I encourage you to make it work.

      • Marli says:

        Hello Mayra,
        Thanks a lot for your reply! You were right, the thickness of a layer of plain cotton was too little, so I went ahead and bought some really cheap and thin fleece-blankets (like 2,50€ each, so really cheap) and cut them. They are perfect!

        Also I used google to translate “2 yards” and it converted to 2m… Well, now I have 2 meters of esch fabric which is unused because to make 2(!) table runners, I needed 2m of each fabric. Oh well, I already have some projects in mind for this nice Christmas fabric 😛

        After cutting out the Pattern I too measured the Site of the box and it was uneven, so not rectangular (?) all sided exactly the same lenght. I tried around and came to the conclusion, that If one is to put a perfect square inside, the circle wont be a circle any longer. So I measured around again and used and cut the circle at the black line but put a seam allowance on the petals. It should work out now. Im exited to sew it!

        Greetings from cold Germany
        Marli

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Marli, I am happy you have found answers to your questions, and worked your way around the problems, I think you will love the table runner, I am making a new one for the video and I will add all the questions and problems people have had on it. Do send me a picture and I will include it in the video for our You Tube channel. Kind Regards, from sunny yet cold Southern Hemisfere.

  5. Linda L. says:

    For people trying to figure out what the 1, 2 and 3 on the pattern are, those are the page numbers for the printed pattern. When you print it out, you will assemble them with 1 at the top left, 2 at the top right and 3 at the bottom left below 1. That gives you the whole ‘circle’ on 1 & 3 and the petal on 2.
    When you have them lined up properly, you should have 3/4 of a small, shaded circle at the point where the three pages come together.

    Mayra, I really like this design – it’s unusual while still ‘traditional’ so will fit in with a lot of homes. I’m trying another way of putting it together and, if it works, I’ll pass it on. Meanwhile, I’ve made it twice for gifts and I know they will love it!

  6. K-Lee says:

    Okay, I was able to reprint the pattern and chose ‘Actual Size’ on the print window. The test square is now a perfect 2″ square. The circle has a diameter of 9 3/4″. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the ‘square’ inside the circle is not a square – it is a rectangle. Is there any reason why you wanted it that way? It seems to make more sense to have it a square so that all the petals will be the same size. I will have to re-size the individual petals so they will match the petals that will be created by sewing the circles together.
    So that’s how I’m going to adjust the pattern. Does that sound reasonable to you? I’ll let you know how it works out.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Dear K-Lee, please dont get hooked on the squares, it is not a square they are stitching lines. The key is to have the circles the same size so when you sew them together the petals are going to be all the same. Happy sewing!

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