Tutorial: Charming Gathered Table Runner

After I finished up my last Moda Bake Shop Project (to be posted in March), I had a bunch of charm squares left over and knew that I could not let them go to waste!  If they get put in my “scrap bucket” they are likely to sit there forever, so I thought I’d make this easy table runner.
This table runner is made from the new Sherbet Pips line, yardage is not out yet, but I have seen pre-cuts for sale.
At first I was going to appliqué the hearts onto the center, then I realized that I would like to use this runner until Spring, and the hearts make it too Valentiney to me. So instead I attached them with buttons! That way after Valentine’s day I can just take off the hearts and leave the runner out longer. You could do the same thing with a Christmas runner. I think I’m going to do the same thing for Easter.
I thought that gathering the charm squares gave it a fun twist!
Okay now onto the tutorial!
You will need:
1/2 yd fabric for backing
1/2 yd white batting (I use quilters dream cotton)
3 Jelly Roll strips for binding
2 buttons
6 Jelly Roll strips cut to 14″ long.  (or if you don’t have Jelly Roll strips, cut white fabric to 2.5″ x 14″)
1-2 Charm packs (buy 2 if you are picky about which prints to put in your runner) from those charm packs pick out:
12 Charm Squares in color 1
12 Charm Squares in color 2
3 Charm Squares in color 3 (for center)
2 Charms for Hearts
To begin:
Sew 6 charm squares together 4 times… soo… you will have
2 rows of 6 RED charm squares
2 rows of 6 GREY charm squares (or whatever color scheme you choose).
Sew 3 charm squares together of color 3 (in my case white).
Press seams OPEN. (it will make it easier to gather).
Beginning with your grey charm row, run 2 rows of gathering stitches down each long side of your row.
Pull up on gathering threads and pin to one of your 14″ white strips.  Sew.
Repeat with a 2nd white strip on the other side of your grey row.
Press seam towards white strip.
It should look like this.
Next gather and attach your RED row and so on until all rows are sewn.
It should look like this:
1- White Strip
2- Grey Gathered Row
3- White Strip
4- Red Gathered Row
5- White Strip
6- White Row of 3 charms that is NOT gathered (the 3 charms sewn together)
7- White Strip
8- Red Gathered Row
9- White Strip
10-Grey Gathered Row
11- White Strip
Next cut your batting and backing to 18″ x 37″ (this will give you 2″ extra to work with on each end)
Quilt and bind- if you want to see how to do this- check out my last table runner tutorial here
Next take 2 charm squares and make a “sandwich” with the charm square on top, batting in the middle and fabric on the back.
Draw a heart on with disappearing ink.
Stitch around the heart
Trim off extra
You will have 2 quilted hearts.
Stitch 2 buttons to the center of the runner, and stitch 2 button holes in the hearts.
Trim threads, press well and you’re done!
I hope you like it! Let me know what you think, it’s really easy to sew, I did it in an afternoon!
Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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  1. says

    that is gorgeouse, I love it! I have never done anything ruffley, so will try my hand at it soon so I can learn something new!

  2. says

    I love this. And, I really love that you made the hearts detachable because I know if I made a runner, I would want to leave it on the table for more than a month!

  3. says

    Very cute! Planning on making one each of my girls to have for their birthdays. Not a huge table runner fan, but these are fun for special occasion. Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    I love the Sherbert Pips fabric! I read her blog now too. It is really cute :) And that gathering technique for the table runner is perfect. I think I will use that in my next doll quilt :)

  5. says

    Made this for my bestie for Christmas (we both love Valentine’s day!). Forgot to get a pic before I gave it away! Sorry. This tutorial is awesome and you are so inspiring.


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