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Ever wanted to make  your own reversible table runner?



Select six 2.5” strips of full width fabric.  (NB:  Jelly roll strips are a good place to start.)


full width strips of fabric

You will work all seams with a ¼” seam.


1/4″ seam allowance

Stitch the six strips together in the arrangement you like placing right sides together remembering to pin to hold the fabric in place.

Run a line of stitches down the long side of the strips to join them together. Press with an iron.


Looking lovely

Trim edges to clear selvedge edges.


Trim to remove selvedges

Next you need to fold work short edge to short edge to find centre & cut in half.  Lay the two halves on top of each other with the stripes matching, right sides uppermost.


Lay two halves right sides uppermost

Measure 2.5” in from one short edge and cut across the work. This will create two 2.5″ strips. Set them aside.


Cut strips in a neat, straight line

Measure 4.5” in from one short edge and cut across the work.  Again you will create two 4.5″ strips.  Set aside.


4.5″ strip cut

Take your strips and layout your strips so you can see the patchwork taking place.  This will help clarify your sewing order.

(Top Tip: Take a picture on your phone to give you a visual reminder.)


Ordering your strips

With one of the longer outside stitched strips take one 4.5” cut strip and turn so the coloured stripes are reversed. Place right sides together, pin and stitch in place.  Fold open and press.


Line your short edges up together

Take a 2.5” cut strip and arrange, right sides together, pin and stitch again. Fold open and press.


Remember to stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance

Take the remaining 2.5” cut strip, arrange right sides together, pin and stitch. Fold open and press.


Pressing your seams when patchworking creates a crisp finish to your work.

Take the remaining 4.5” cut strip, arrange right sides together pin and stitch. Fold open and press.

Take the remaining original unattached strip, arrange right sides together, pin and stitch. Fold open and press.


Patchworking complete!

Select your suitable backing fabric. Cut one layer of wadding and backing fabric out : each 33” by 44”.


Using a cutting mat, ruler and roller cutter makes for precise cuts

Layer up in this order : wadding, backing fabric right side up & patchworked ‘top’ right side down. Pin together around the circumference of the piece.


Layered up & pinned

To create the zig-zag ends, measure and mark a 3” line in from each short edge.


Measure and mark.

Draw a straight line in a zig zag movement between the 3” mark and the stitched edge on each strip of colour.


Mark clearly to avoid confusion

Start midway along a long edge and stitch all the way round the patchwork ending 6” away from the beginning stitch. This will leave an opening to turn your work through.


Don’t forget the gap!

Trim all excess material & wadding away and clip your corners.  Ensure the triangular peaks are snipped correctly.


Clip the tips and into the ‘V’s

Turn through paying attention to your corners.  Press with an iron.  Now stitch around the parameter of your runner using a ¼” seam.  Pay close attention to the opening and make sure you catch the raw edges of the opening shut in your stitching.


Stitch slowly and you’ll get a neat finish

Now you can add quilting lines to your work.

Well done!  Your quilted patchwork table runner is ready to use and enjoy.

Please do share your table runner when you’ve made one.


Anne x