Learn how to make a custom table runner with stencils for a rustic, farmhouse look. This tutorial for a DIY table runner shows you all the steps to get started.This 10-minute table runner uses affordable material so you can customize the length and width without spending a fortune. The versatile design lasts from spring until winter, too!
Practice stenciling on a scrap piece of drop cloth using acrylic paint and a hard bristle brush or pouncer. Dab off excess paint before stenciling.
For best results, wash the drop cloth and then press the fabric on an ironing board.
Cut the drop cloth and muslin fabric to the desired dimensions (see notes), making a peak on each end, if desired.
Sew the drop cloth and muslin together with the right sides facing each other (wrong side out). Be sure to leave a 4-inch gap so you can turn the runner right-side-out again and close the seam.
Before turning the fabric, trim any excess fabric at the peaks to prevent bulk.
If sewing, use a needle and thread to close the 4-inch opening (after turning the fabric right-side-out).
If using Dritz Stich Witchery, place the pieces of fabric with right sides together as in step #4. Remove all of the plastic wrapping on the roll, wet the tape generously, and use either wool or cotton settings on your iron to press the tape between the fabric pieces for 10-15 seconds. You may need to press again if the tape doesn’t adhere well the first time. Remember to leave an opening of 4 inches or so to turn the runner right-side-out. Then use Stitch Witchery again to close the opening.
How much fabric do I need to make a table runner?Measure the length of your dining table, then multiply by 60-70% to determine the length of fabric you will need for a table runner. A 6-foot table might require about 50 inches of fabric (or 1.5 yards). Most table runners are only 14-16 inches in width, and most fabric bolts are 35-108 inches wide so it’s easy to cut two strips of fabric for a double-sided runner. You can also choose a different fabric for a reversible table runner to change throughout the seasons.