How to Make a Shamrock Table Runner
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. As one of the millions of Irish or those of Irish heritage I love decorating for St. Patrick’s Day. This shamrock table runner is the perfect accompaniment to your Irish decor. It is a super simple quilting project that anyone with basic quilting skills can make using the quilt pattern and cutting instructions included with this post. If you would like more simple quilting projects head over to my quilting page and check them out.
I used a combination of a St. Patrick’s Day fat quarter bundle and fabric by the yard that I purchased at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores online and picked up in store. Of course you could head to Amazon fabrics or onlineabricstore.net to get what you want for your table runner. This post contains affiliate links that I you click on them an make a post I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn fro qualifying purchases.
What you will Need: How to Make a Shamrock Table Runner
- Pattern you can get by clicking on this link
- 4 Fat quarters of shamrocks
- 1/2 yd background fabric
- 1/2 yd each of inner and outer boarder fabric
- 2 yds of backing fabric
- 1/2 yd binding fabric
- Quilt batting
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut out your Fabrics
Cut out all of your fabrics using the pattern pieces and the measurements in the attached pattern. Use the diagram as a go-by for cutting out the pieces. For the long side border pieces you will need to join several pieces together and cut them to length.
Step 2: Create the Shamrocks Pieces
Each shamrock block is divided into quarters. Create each quarter separately. Start by taking a leaf piece C and add the background pieces A to three of the corners using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do this for the three leaf pieces. Then, create the stem piece D by adding the two B background pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 3: Stitch the Shamrock Together
Stitch the four quarters together in the shape of a shamrock using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do this for all four shamrocks.
Step 4: Add the Inner Border
Take the 12 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ divider pieces and add them to the sides of each of the shamrock blocks using a 1/4″ seam allowance. You should have a long fabric piece with the four shamrock clocks attached. Once you have added the short pieces, stitch on the 53 1/2″ x 1 1/2′ side border to the shamrock pieces.
Step 5: Add the outer Border
First add the long side border to each side. Then, stitch on the short outer border. You have now completed the table runner top.
Step 6: Cut the Backing Fabric and Batting
Cut the backing fabric and batting about 2″ longer and wider than the table runner top.
Step 7: Layer the Table Runner
Place the backing fabric right sides down on your work station. Lay the batting smoothly on top of the backing fabric. Center the table topper top on the batting. Pin the layers together or use basting pray to secure.
Step 8: Quilt the Layers
Quilt the layers together however you want. I used Dabline quilting templates to quilt mine. I just used a meandering design on this project
Step 9: Trim the Table Runner
Using a rotary cutter and mat trim the excess batting and backing fabric from the top of the runner.
Step 10: Bind the Shamrock Table Runner
If you do not know how to bind a quilt follow this tutorial to learn how.
Once you have bound the table runner you have finished this quick and fun St. Patrick’s day project.
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