Halloween Table Runner with Button Trim
It's fair to say that the store has been lacking in the Halloween decor department. But can you blame us? We're rocking out a new online division (woot!) and busy prepping for market this weekend. Yes, our fall market is over Halloween weekend this year. Whew! But we did liven things up a bit today with a fun Halloween table runner made using two of our favorite things in the store: Alexander Henry Halloween fabric and our adorable crochet button trim. I don't know why we didn't think of using the button trim on the ends of a table runner before. The weight of the trim does a great job of weighing down the ends of the runner and keeping it in place.
What we used:
1 1/3 yard of quilt weight cotton (we used Alexander Henry Sebastian C, available in store and online)
1 yard of crochet button trim (gray colorway, available in store)
1 spool of black thread
*To determine your ideal table runner measurements, measure the length of your table and then determine how far past the edge of the table you want the runner to hang. Multiply this "drop" measurement by two, add to length of table and add 4 inches for seam allowances. This is how much fabric you need to start with. Add several inches if you are trying to match a print like we did. If you want to make it reversible, you must purchase twice as much fabric.
What we did:
First, we cut the piece of fabric directly down the middle lengthwise. This left us with two pieces of fabric measuring approximately 48"L x 22"W.
We then carefully pieced the two sections together at the short ends, VERY carefully matching the print, sewing right sides together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, finishing edges with a serger, and pressing seam to one side. You can also finish raw edges as you prefer, and press seams open. (Note: to match the print, we lost several inches of fabric.)
We hemmed both long edges by pressing raw edges under 1/4", then pressing edges under 1/4" again and stitching in place.
To add trim and finish the short edges, we folded the short edges up by the width of our crochet button trim cording and pressed. (Note that we had already finished our raw edges beforehand using our serger. If using a regular machine, press raw edge under by 1/4" then fold up again by the width of trim base.)
Our trim base measured approximately 3/4 inch wide.
We measured our short edges and cut the trim to size, then pinned the trim base in place on top of the folded-up edge.
We secured the hem and applied the trim in one fell swoop by stitching along the top edge of the trim and then sewing another line on top of the trim 1/4" away from the first. You could sew the second line of stitching closer to the buttons, but we found the buttons started to get in the way of our presser foot.