I stayed home today because I wasn't feeling that great (and have around 580 sick hours saved up) but then I felt it was unproductive. With that in mind I dragged myself up to tackle the 10 minute table runner. I've seen the written directions for this before and it just didn't make sense to me so I found a great video that explained it more and I wrote my own directions.
This will give you a better view of the fabrics.
I think I will sew down the bottom of the corner triangles because it would bug mom so much that it was open and could catch things. I might also put a button or something at the bottom of the seam of the triangles on the corners to dress it up a little bit.
Here is the link to the video on YouTube.
Here are my notes from watching the video. This is not my pattern but are the notes that I took while watching the video. If anybody objects to me posting it then let me know and I'll remove it.
10 minute table runner:
1/2 yard of fabric for the backing and border
1/3 yard of fabric for the center
(yep that's it for fabric)
- Place the right sides together of your two fabrics and sew a 1/4" seam down the long side.
- Repeat on other side.
That gives you a tube.
- Turn the tube inside out.
- When laid flat you'll notice that the backing fabric rolls up to form a border around your center fabric. Fuss with it until you have the two borders are about even and then iron it for nice clean edges.
- Fold the runner in half LENGTH WISE (backing fabric to backing fabric)
- stitch 1/4 on the short side
- repeat on other short side
- turn your ends inside out so backing fabric forms a triangle on each end. You might need to have something to poke at the ends to make your triangle ends come out pointy.
- repeat on the other side if you haven't already.
That's it. Of course you can do more like stitch down the bottom of the triangle ends so they don't flap or put embellishments like tassels on the end or a button to hold down the lose part of the triangle.
Try it out. It wasn't as hard as it looks. Notice it doesn't use batting. Just the two pieces of fabric. I thought it would be good for mom in the nursing home because things would lay flatter on it.
What do you think?