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Sew A Christmas Tree Table Runner For A Cherished Handmade Gift

Posted by  ·  November 11, 2014  ·  Last Updated: November 11, 2014

This sewn Christmas tree table runner is the perfect way to make your home festive for the holidays. It makes a beautiful handmade gift that will be cherished. We are sharing some amazing sewn gift ideas! From ruffled bookmarks to zippered pouches some creative bloggers are sharing wonderful sewing tutorials so you can have the best handmade holiday ever! So dust off that sewing machine and lets get sewing. Now worries is you don’t sew.  I am also sharing crochet gift ideas. Thirty Handmade days is sharing crafty tutorials and Your Homebased Mom has delicious edible gift recipes. We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday ever! Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a chance to win BIG! Up for grabs is a Cricut cutting machine, a Blendtec blender, a Baby Lock sewing machine and a $300 Michaels gift card! Grab a new entry every day! Visit Tara Dara Made It today to enter to win the Baby Lock Sewing Machine.

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Hey ya!  I’m Tara from Taradara Made It and I’m so elated to be here once again to share a holiday Christmas Tree table runner tutorial with you!

How to make a Christmas  Tree Table Runner

Christmas Tree Table Runner Supplies

2 x (1.5′ x 4′) background fabric (front and back)

Fusible fleece – cut a 1/2″ smaller than the background fabric

Burlap – 2″ wide x _ length (this will certainly vary based on how much ruffle)

Scrap fabric for triangles of tree

1.5″ x 3″ Brown fabric scrap for stump

Fabric glue stick or Wonder Under

How to sew a Christmas Tree Table Runner

TIP: Choose your fabric by ‘auditioning’ them on different backgrounds.  If you’re unsure or torn between a couple of pairings, ask others by posting pictures on facebook or something to ask your friends what they think looks better (I did).

Cut random triangles, different sizes.  Assymetrical is perfect in this case!  This will add so much more interest to your project when you let go of perfectionist tendencies.  Once you have your triangles cut, either use a fabric glue stick or Wonder Under to secure your triangles to the background fabric.

If you choose to use an iron-on adhesive (wonder under), follow instructions provided and iron on in the desired location.  I love the idea of a wonky tree, so I made the triangles angled back and forth.

Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial

Once the pieces are ironed on, stitch it.  And make sure to not make it perfect!!  It can be as neat or messy as you want.  This is YOUR project!

Sewn Christmas tree table runner tutorial

Cut the burlap in 2″ strips.

TIP:  Pull one of the strands out to help guide your cut so you don’t have a huge mess on your hands.

To create a ruffle, pull the 3rd or 4th strand from the top and gather the burlap as you pull it gently.  Make the ruffles as gathered as you like.  The tighter the gathers, the more burlap you’ll need to complete the project.  Pin the burlap ruffles to the perimeter of the runner RIGHT SIDES together.  The ruffles will be pointed towards the center of the runner and not the outer edge.  Once you have it all pinned, sew it together.

Below is a picture of what it’ll look like when it is folded towards the outside.

sew a holiday table runner

Now for the back of the runner, center the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bottom fabric and iron.

Pin the RIGHT SIDES together and sew together leaving a 5″-7″ opening to allow to turn inside out.

sewing tutorial table runner

Press it and sew along the edge to create a nice flat look.  The burlap can be bulky and cause the finish to be puffy, so stitching it is certainly advisable.

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I hope you enjoyed this and can make a table runner to match your home or as a gift.

Be sure to check out the other holiday sewing posts from Taradara Made it:

Applique Snowman Wall Hanging

Applique Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Holiday Applique Bathroom Towels

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Tara Rex of Taradara Made ItTara Rex is a sleep deprived {by choice, kinda} mother of 2 athletic bambinos who seriously does not stop.  Sleep?  What’s that?  She is ALWAYS creating, painting, sewing, DIYing … when she’s not, she’s carting her boys off to hockey games and practices.  Originally from Canada, she came to the USA to work as an ER/trauma nurse and met her husband which changed the course of her life.  Now residing in beautiful Colorado and making her home even more beautiful with her eclectic artistic style, she is inspiring others to step outside their comfort zone and add color to their home amongst other things.  She blogs for Bob Vila and has been a guest on Rachael Ray.  Tara’s sewing projects have been featured in Sew News and Sew It all; and is also an instructor on CraftDaily.com, Sew It All TV, and other DVDs.

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