Happy Friday to ya! Obviously spring has put a fire under me, because I’m back on track and ready to roll. Well ready to sew. Anywho…. Let’s make a french inspired ruffled table runner, shall we?
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a sewing tutorial, so it’s about time, eh? Wanna do a little French inspired ruffled runner? Well alrighty then! You’ll need some osnaburg fabric, plus basics like scissors, a yard stick, a sewing machine and thread. Can’t really sew without thread, can we? Oh! And you’re gonna need some freezer paper… but that’s for part 2. First let’s make the runner.
For this project I used 2 1/2 yards of osnaburg that I washed and dried before cutting. This takes care of any shrinking. First I ripped 3 pieces. One at 23 inches wide, and two at 6 inches wide. The 6 inchers will become the ruffles. Just set them aside, we’ll get to those in a minute. I snipped and ripped the fabric. This fabric rips really well – it doesn’t go all wonky on ya. If you’d rather do it properly, then cut it nice and neat, m’kay?
After you cut (or rip) your pieces, take the “center” of the runner (that’s the 23 inch wide piece) and iron down the ends. Just an inch or so will do. You just want some room to create a hidden hem. Don’t sew it – just iron it.
Now it’s show time… I mean sew time! Fold your runner in half, so you’ll have a long, piece. You want the “ironed hem” facing out. Run a stitch all the way down the side. YAY! You made a longggg skinny tube.
After you have a long tube with a seam on each side, you will turn it out and iron those seams flat. You want the seam right in the middle, of your crease. Now it’s starting to look a little more runner like.
Go back to your sewing machine and run another line down each side, close to the seam you just ironed out. this will keep everything together and fabulous.
Don’t have a ruffle foot attachment? No worries – you won’t need one! We’ll have this done before you can get it on your machine, anyways. Take the pieces for your ruffles and iron a little hem line just like for the runner middle.