How to Make a Christmas Table Runner

How to Make a Christmas Table Runner

I decided to use appliqué to make this terrific and simple Christmas table runner. This is a fun sewing and quilting table runner project that is perfect for your Christmas table this year. I used Christmas ornaments to decorate my table runner that are vintage in style. Fortunately, I was able to find some backing fabric from Joann’s that had the same shapes of ornaments that I was using on the front. It really came together well and only took a few hours to make. If you would like my Christmas runner from last year check out my quilted Christmas table runner here.

I used both fabrics that I purchased and that I had on hand for this project. I got them all at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to or to get exactly what you need for your Christmas table runner. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need: How to Make a Christmas Table Runner

  • Pattern you can get by clicking on this link
  • 12 1/2″ x 39 1/2″ piece of background fabric
  • Backing fabric a little larger than background fabric
  • 1/4 yd border fabric
  • 1/4 yd Binding fabric
  • Batting a little larger than the background fabric
  • Scraps of fabric in different colors for the ornaments
  • Heat n Bond
  • Ric-Rac for the hangers
  • Glue Stick
What you will Need

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

Cut the background fabric to measure 12 1/2″ x 39 1/2″. Cut the backing and batting larger to accommodate quilting. Using the border fabric cut two pieces that measure 1 1/2″ x 39 1/2″ and two pieces that measure 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″.

Step 2: Add the Border

Starting with the long pieces, stitch them right sides together with the long side of the background fabric using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open. Then, stitch the short pieces to the short ends also using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open.

Stitch the long border long sides
Stitch short sides

Step 3: Cut out the Appliqué

Fuse one side of the Heat n Bond to the appliqué fabric.  If you have never worked with Heat n Bond you will find that it is a fusible mesh that has a paper backing and glue side.  Place the glue side on the wrong side of the fabric and press with a hot iron until the fabric and glue have fused together. Place your appliqué pattern onto the appliqué fabric and cut out the pattern. You can trace it if you like.

Fuse the fabric to the Heat n Bond
Cut out the shape
Remove the paper backing

Step 4: Add the Appliqué and Tic-Rac

From the short end of the table runner measure 2 1/4″ and place a piece of tic-rac that measures 1 1/4″ long by stitching over the ric-rac. Fuse the bell shaped ornament to that piece of ric-rac. Measure over 3 1/4″ and add another piece of tic-rac that measures 3″ and zig zag. Fuse the long thin ornament to this piece. Finally measure over 3 1/4″ and add the third piece of tic-rac that measures 2 1/2″ and the final ornament. Repeat this same process on the other end of the runner but on the opposite side. Stitch around the appliqué pieces using a straight stitch for zig-zag to secure.

Fuse the ornament shape to the background fabric
Fused Ornaments

Step 4: Layer the Christmas Table Runner

Place the backing fabric wrong side up on your work station. Lay the batting on top of the backing fabric. Then, place the front on top of the batting. Spray baste in place or pin.

Layout the backing fabric
Place the batting on top
Place the the top onto the batting
Trim the excess

Step 5: Quilt the Christmas Table runner

I quilted the table runner by quilting straight lines 1/2″ apart across the width of the runner without stitching over the appliqué.

Quilt the runner

Step 6: Trim the Table Runner

Using a rotary cutter and mat, trim the excess backing fabric and batting from the front of the table runner making sure to square up the runner as you go.

Trim the runner

Step 7: Bind the Table Runner

Bind the runner. If you are unfamiliar with how to bind a quilt, check out this video. It will walk you step by step through the process.

Bind the runner
The Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star (Instructional Video)

Once you have bound your runner you have finished this fun and simple Christmas Table runner project.

How to Make a Christmas Table Runner

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