Ruffled Table Runner

A patriotic table runner adorned my kitchen table all summer.  After enjoying it for nearly two months, I decided that a change was needed, so I crafted a simple ruffled table runner to take its place.  I was inspired by the many, many ruffled projects that I’ve seen on blogs in the past year.Ruffled1

This project was simple to make and I had all of the supplies needed to complete it on hand.  The base of the runner is a drop cloth.  I decided my finished length and width, adding 1/2” to each side for the hem.  I didn’t worry about folding the hem under twice before I sewed to make it neat since the back side of the runner won’t be seen.  I simply ironed each side under 1/2” and then stitched around the perimeter.

I inherited the fabric that I used for the ruffles from my mother-in-law.  I’m not sure what she intended to make with it.

For the ruffles, I folded the fabric, carefully lining up the selvage sides, then cut ten 2” strips. 

I then set my machine to a long stitch length and sewed down the length of each strip being sure to leave a long tail of thread on each end to adjust the ruffle length.  I adjusted each ruffle so that they all measured the same length, a little less than the width of the finished drop cloth runner.

I then pinned the ruffles to the drop cloth and sewed them into place.

For a centerpiece, three white vases coordinate nicely with the fabric and ornamental grass flowers from a landscape bed in my yard makes a simple filler for them.Ruffled3

I love this fun table runner and will enjoy it until it is time to decorate for fall.

I’m sharing with:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A2Z,  Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, Show and Share Day at Just a Girl, Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and Jello, and Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now.

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  1. Great project Paula, I do see ruffles everywhere in blogland these days. I was working on a runner the other day but its in a heap in the corner now, yours on the other hand looks fabulous.

  2. It is beautiful, Paula!! I need to learn how to do ruffles…I can’t quite seem to be able to get the hang of it. :s

  3. So simple and so pretty! I have been way into the milk glass stuff lately, and I am loving your little trio of vases. I have one, so now I am on the look out for two more, cause I am so gonna copy that!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such an encouraging comment. I hope that you get back to your happy exercise time too!

  4. I love your runner, this is adorable, fun and festive. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to more from you.
    hugs ~lynne~

  5. Paula this is so pretty! I love the way it looks, almost like a tiny little plot of land planted with beautiful purple flowers! Good job!

  6. That’s so cute!!! I love the blue fabric. It’s fabulous! Don’t ya love ruffles sewn down the middle like that? I love them!

  7. Cute!! I need to make this- we just moved and got new tables and none of our clothes fit! I think this will be just the ticket! I am a new follower!

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