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Merry & Cheer Quilted Christmas Table Runner Pattern

Learn how to make a Stripey Quilted Table Runner with our free tutorial. This Christmas table runner pattern uses pre-cut fabric strips and features machine applique.

Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

One of the very first quilting projects that I tackled in my “blogging career” was this Skinny Quilted Christmas Table Runner. I still remember the day I got the idea to make it and sketched it out on a notepad in my house.  

This project was originally posted on the Moda Bake Shop site and now, looking back I realize that I had no idea what I was doing! (well, for most of it, I knew what I was doing, for one part, I totally winged it).  

Stripey Table Runner Details

Things went pretty smoothly until it was time to quilt the runner. I decided that since I had NO idea how to machine quilt I’d just put the runner in the hoop of my embroidery machine and quilt it one section at a time.

Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

Great idea, in theory…. the stitches were all even and perfectly lined up.

Bad idea in practice. It took me almost a week to move that LONG table runner through the hoop on my machine.  Stitch one square, move the runner, stitch another square, move it again… etc.. over and over and over again. It took a long time to create this holiday table runner, mostly due to the quilting design I chose.

Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

After all of that work, I was so sick of looking at it that I didn’t even know if I liked it anymore.  Now several years later, I can say that it is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. I think it’s a beautiful table runner that I look forward to placing on the table next to my Christmas Tree every year.

Merry & Cheer Christmas Table Runner Pattern

I’ve gone through and cleaned up the free pattern and added more instructions when needed.

I also created a PDF document with the words on it – the font is not a 100% match, but it’s pretty dang close.  I’ve done the best I can considering this tutorial is over 8 years old and I had to recreate it from memory (since Moda Bake Shop is no longer active). Please be KIND if you have questions.

Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

Quilted Table Runner Supplies

  • 1 roll of color 1 1/2″ wide strips (sometimes called a honeybun). You can also cut the strips from yardage if you like, (you will need twenty 1 1/2″ strips), make sure you pick a variety of prints in the same colors.
  • 10 Fat Quarters (for words) OR one Charm Pack (sometimes called a 5″ stacker). If you want your words to have the same fabric on every letter, use fat quarters; if you want the fabrics to be varied, use the charm pack.
  • 1 roll of White 2 1/2″ wide strips (sometimes called a jelly roll)
  • 2 yds white fabric for backing
  • 1/4″ yd  blue fabric for the binding
  • Buttons
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Batting (I used quilters dream cotton)
  • Get with the templates for the Applique below

How to Get the Applique Pattern

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Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

Striped Merry & Cheer Table Runner Pattern

Melissa Mortenson
Create a festive table runner using pre-cut strips of fabric. Perfect for your Christmas table.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 Pre Cut Roll 1 ½″ wide strips sometimes called a honeybun you can also cut the strips from yardage if you like, you will need 20 total 1 1/2" strips. If you do it this way be sure to group your fabrics by color as you cut.
  • 10 Fat Quarters for words OR one Charm Pack (sometimes called a 5″ stacker). If you want your words to have the same fabric on every letter use fat quarters, if you want the fabrics to be varied, use the charm pack.
  • 1 Roll White 2 ½″ wide strips sometimes called a jelly roll
  • 2 yards Backing Fabric
  • ¼ Yard Binding
  • 6-8 Buttons
  • 1 package Heat n Bond Lite
  • 1 piece Batting I used quilters dream cotton


  • Size: Approx 14" x 102"

Step One: Sort the Strips by Color & Create Striped Blocks

  • From your roll of 1 ½″ strips, collect 5 strips each of 4 different color ways. I used blues, greens, reds & browns.
  • If you are cutting yardage, you’ll want to cut twenty, 1 ½″ strips x WOF (width of fabric) in 4 different color schemes.
  • Start by working with one color scheme at a time.
  • Arrange the strips in a pattern that you like, and sew them together with a ¼″ seam. Press seams open.
  • Cut the sewn strip into three, 14″ pieces, cutting off selvage edges.
    Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner
  • Repeat with the other 3 colors.
  • You will have 3 blocks each of 4 different colors (for a total of 12 blocks).
    Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

Step Two: Create White Blocks

  • Sew two white jelly roll (2 1/2" x WOF) strips together. Cut into 14″ blocks.
  • Repeat this 4 times so that you have a total of ten white blocks each 2 strips tall x 14″ wide.

Step Three: Cut

  • Two 14″ pieces from 1 white jelly roll strip.
  • Sew blocks together. This is the color arrangement that I used, but you can change yours to your taste (it would also look nice going dark to light)
  • 1: One 14″ white jelly roll strip
    2: Brown
    3: White
    4: Red
    5: White
    6: Green
    7: White
    8: Blue
    9: White
    10: Red
    11: White
    12: Green
    13: White
    14: Blue
    15: White
    16: Red
    17: White
    18: Green
    19: White
    20: Blue
    21: White
    22: Brown
    23:One 14″ Jelly roll strip.
  • You will have 1 brown block left over, you can use it if you need to make your runner longer.
  • Layer runner with batting and backing and quilt as desired, I quilted mine with an interlocking circle pattern.
    I prefer to quilt my runner before I add the applique, but do it however you like best.

How to add the Applique

  • Print out the document with the words. Trace onto the paper side of paper-backed fusible web, (make sure you cut the letters mirrored) cut out loosely, then press onto the wrong side of your fat quarters or fabric squares. Cut out more precisely.
  • Peel off the paper backing from the letters and arrange it on the white blocks in the table runner. When you’ve got them in a spot that you like, iron them in place.
    Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner
  • This is how I laid out the appliques on my runner: The color in parentheses is the color I cut the applique out of the fabric.
    Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner
  • 1: trees (green)
    2: “merry” (red)
    3: ornaments (blue)
    4: “bright” (blue)
    5: peppermints (red/white)
    6: “cheer” (blue)
    7: holly leaves (green)
    8: “joy” (red)
    9: trees (green)
    10: “jingle” (brown)
  • After you iron the appliques onto the runner. Stitch around each with a straight stitch. I just used raw edge applique with a straight stitch. I am okay if it frays (I actually prefer that look for this project).
    Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner
  • Bind using 2 1/2" strips.
  • Sew buttons for the holly berries.
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Free sewing pattern for a quilted Christmas Table runner

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  1. Hi, Melissa, what a beautiful Table runner – thank you very much the tutorial!
    Have a nice day tomorrow!
    With love

  2. Hi. this is really cute. Unfortunately the links in the applique area aren’t working. Can you point me to more details on this and Camilles Patterns? Thanks. I figure if I start this now, I might be finished in time for Christmas! 😉

  3. You are using my favorite Christmas fabric ever – Figgy Pudding! I still look for remnants online, I’ve never found a Christmas line I loved as much as that one. 🙂 I wish they would reprint it.

  4. I absolutely love your Christmas quilted table runner. I have absolutely no idea how to sew, embroider etc but would love to buy something like this. I’ve searched and have found nothing similar. Do you sell these? Or would you be willing to make one and sell it? Thank you!

    1. No, I’m sorry I don’t sell it. You wouldn’t want me to make you one, I’m really really slow, you may get it when I’m 90 *wink*

    1. Do you mean the pattern pieces or the actual pattern? There is not an actual printer friendly pattern. I used to offer those but heard of many many people taking the print off from my site and selling the patterns. If you have a tablet I think that’s the easiest way to follow along with the pattern.

  5. I made two of these after reading your post. I made the first one (for my home) using 1.5″ strips for the color sections and 2.5 strips for the white sections, cut to a width suitable for my table. Then I drew some applique templates by hand and found others online for that part. For the font I used a basic font and then embellished it, creating my own. For the second I needed it done in a weekend so I cut the strips even larger and omitted words, opting for all graphic appliques. I’m donating that one to be sold at my job’s fundraiser for families in need. I’m also adding two matching place mats to complete my set.

    THANK YOU for sharing such a wonderful project. I’ll be making more for other holidays!

  6. Hi Melissa. I’m just about to start this lovely project after being away from quilting for 30+ years! As I prepare my supplies I’m wondering about:

    “1/4″ yd, or 1 fat quarter, blue fabric for binding on tree skirt”

    Have I missed something? Not sure why blue binding is needed for this project.

    Thanks, and wish me luck —

    1. Oh ignore that. Sorry. This project was originally posted as a “dual” project with the circle tree skirt, I think that line just didn’t get deleted when I split it into two.

      1. Thanks! My strips are sewn and pressed, and I’m about to start the appliqued letters. This is so much fun….

  7. I am so excited that I found your blog! Love, love, love your Wonderland 2 material. Made the cutest baby quilt.
    Now I want to do the quilt sampler with your beautiful material. Have the supplies as it’s going to be one of my “summer projects.”

  8. Hi Melissa,
    I love, love, love this table runner. If I begin now (February) I’ll be able to complete it before Christmas! I’m having difficulty downloading the letters and other graphics for the table runner. Can you offer any help – please! Thank you.

  9. Where is the pdf for the words and applique for the christnas table runner? Ive looked everywhere. Its very frustrating. thank you.

    1. There are links within the tutorial for the words and the holly; the rest of the applique you will have to find clipart for yourself.

      I just finished my top for this project and it is super cute and was easier than I expected. Note, though, that the directions have you add the applique before sewing the blocks together, then later shows the applique being added after the runner is quilted. It would be a good idea to decide ahead of time which method you prefer. I didn’t catch this, so it just pushes me to hand quilt instead of machine quilt. I may still machine quilt the non-appliqued blocks…we shall see.

      Hope that helps! The finished product is adorable either way and thanks, Melissa, for providing this fun tutorial!!!

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  11. It doesn’t matter how old this pattern is, I always love to work on one for someone for Christmas. It’s just so beautiful! Thank you so much for the pattern and instructions.

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