DIY Linen Tablescapes Blog
The monotony of self-isolation can be very intense. Eating every meal at the same table day in and day out can begin to feel very mundane. That's how it's felt for me at least. So I decided to try to spice things up and make our dining table feel special by making a simple table runner and pulling out our best dinnerware. Some pretty paper flowers I had on hand also helped create a classic look but you also might consider getting extra creative and holding a theme night. I pulled out my picnic basket and loaded it up with some tasty treats to make it even more fun. I'm lucky to have my husband with me during this time, but for those of you who live alone, why not try dressing up according to your theme and hosting a group dinner with family or friends over video chat? Fabric Wholesale Direct has so many great tutorials on how to make beautiful new outfits to enjoy because dressing up to feel good about ourselves doesn't have to stop just because we're staying home.
LET'S GET STARTED!
- Wash and dry your fabric. Press in preparation for cutting for the most accurate results.
- Mark out two rectangular pieces on your fabric to be cut out. My dining table is small measuring only 36" long so I only used one yard of linen fabric to cut out two rectangles that measured 17" x 60" (the entire width of my fabric). If you have a long dining table and would like to make a more standard-sized 72" table runner, you will need 2 yards of fabric and your rectangles should measure 17" x 72" (the entire length of your fabric). You will be cutting along the grain whereas I cut along the cross-grain because it made more sense for the size I needed.
- Cut out the rectangular pieces you marked in Step 2.
- Pin all the way around, leaving a gap large enough for your hand to fit through towards the center of one of the long edges of your table runner. Stitch all the way around using 1/2" seam allowance starting and stopping at the beginning and end of that gap you left.
- Clip each corner and flip your table runner right side out. Use a point turner to make sure your points are nice and defined.
- Give your table runner a nice hard press around all edges. Pin the gap from Step 4 closed and slip stitch shut.
- Top stitch your table runner all around 1/4" from the edge.
- Continue on if you are adding trim. If not, you are already done!
- Pin your lace trim in place along the long sides of your table runner, matching the edge of your trim to the top stitching from Step 6. Stitch down both sides of your trim making sure to go in the same direction each way so that your trim doesn't warp. *Tip*: Change your top thread to match your trim but keep your bobbin thread in place to match your fabric for the most professional look.
- Pin your lace trim in place along the short sides of your table runner, folding over each end so that there are no raw ends exposed. Stitch your trim down the same way as you did in Step 7.