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.
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.
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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.
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.
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best I can considering this tutorial is over 8 years old and I had to recreate it from memory (since Moda Bake Shop is no longer active).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.
Quilted Table Runner Supplies
- 1 roll of color 1 ½″ wide strips (sometimes called a honeybun). You can also cut the strips from yardage if you like, (you will need twenty 1 ½″ 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 ½″ wide strips (sometimes called a jelly roll)
- 2 yds white fabric for backing
- ¼″ yd blue fabric for the binding
- Heat n Bond Lite
- Batting (I used quilters dream cotton)
- Get with the templates for the Applique below
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Striped Merry & Cheer Table Runner Pattern
- 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 ½" 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.
- Repeat with the other 3 colors.
- You will have 3 blocks each of 4 different colors (for a total of 12 blocks).
Step Two: Create White Blocks
- Sew two white jelly roll (2 ½" 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Bind using 2 ½" strips.
- Sew buttons for the holly berries.