I'm home with a sick kid, so I figured today is the perfect day to take a few minutes and show you all what I did.
First, measure the table you want to put your runner on. Do you want it to hang over? If so, add that to your measurements. Then add 2 inches to each side. You will need TWO INCHES ON EACH SIDE :)
When you have your size, cut two pieces of fabric of your choice, one for the front, one for the back of your runner. I used grey on the back of my runner, so I cut one of my rectangles in grey, one in yellow stripe for the top.
Then cut the top piece in half, right down the middle. Set the other piece aside, for just a minute.
Pick your ruffle color, which will be 4 inches wide. For length, measure the side of your runner, top to bottom and multiply by 2. I like to add a few extra inches to make it extra ruffley. CUT THREE OF THESE, BUT SET ASIDE TWO FOR LATER.
Set your sewing machine to a basting stitch, or the longest stitch you have. Sew along the edge of ONE OF YOUR ruffle pieces. Take it out and pull the bottom thread to make your piece ruffley. Repeat down the other side of the ruffle. *important: don't forget to reset your stitches...you don't want to baste the entire runner together...it will fall apart on you :)
Next I ironed a think piece of interfacing to the bottom piece of my runner. I just wanted a little bit of substance to the runner, so you can skip this step if you don't have any interfacing. (my backside is grey, just to clarify)
*if you are not adding a backing to your runner, this will be your last step.
Topstitch along the ruffles, as shown below. This adds a finished look and helps strengthen the runner.
If you ARE adding a backing, don't topstitch yet...keep reading ;)
To add your backing
Sandwich your layers together, right sides facing each other. Make sure that you tuck your ruffle in between the layers, or you will have a ruffle INSIDE your runner when you turn it out. I know...I did this! DUH!!!
Pin all around the edges, leaving about 4 inches on one side to turn. I trimmed along the outside before I sewed, so it would be easier to sew a straight line. My grey rectangle was now a totally different size, so a smart person would make the back piece at this point. But I felt like the uncut piece gives you a better idea of the size you intended for the runner to be, so you can use that as your guide.
Next, iron everything really good, so your edges are crisp and even, and that your hole from turning is tucked in and invisible. Pin everything in place....you are almost done! Topstitch along all 4 sides of the runner.
If you complete this, I'd LOVE to see your pics! Feel free to post a link here, or post a pic on my FB page
And please, if my instructions are unclear, let me know so I can fix them ;)
Have a great day!