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By Wunderlabel on 10/04/2021

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Sew a Christmas Table Runner - Free Tutorial

You might think that Christmas is eons away but it is actually less than a hundred days now until Christmas Eve. Sew a Christmas table runner with our free tutorial and start getting ready for this holiday season. This DIY table runner would also make a great present for a loved one. It measures 12” x 82.5” (30 x 210 cm).. 

  • How wide should the patchwork table runner be?

To figure out how wide the table runner needs to be, just divide the width of your table by three. 

  • How long does the DIY table runner need to be?

There is an easy way to calculate the length you need for your table runner. Simply measure your table and add 30 cm for the fabric that will be hanging over the edge of the table on both sides. Free christmas table runner patterns can always be adjusted to fit the size that you need.


  • What type of fabric do I need for this free table runner pattern?

The type of fabric really depends on the occasion. A non-iron fabric (like cotton or polyester) is best for yearly events such as Christmas and birthdays, or for everyday use. For parties and special occasions you might consider using a non-woven fabric. 

  • What kind of table runner is best for a square table?

You can use any shape table runner for a square table. For a round table, a runner with rounded or pointed ends is best. Patchwork table runner patterns are a great way to create something custom for your home, so get creative!

Materials you will need to sew very easy table runner:

  • Fabric: 2.5 yards (2.2 m) of the main fabric and scraps for the appliqués 
  • Quilt batting
  • Bondaweb or similar stabiliser
  • Embroidery backing
  • Sewing thread
  • Your own woven iron-on labels

Let’s get started!

Before you can get started with this free table runner pattern you will first need to measure your table. Ours measures 90 x 180 cm. The width of the table runner can be determined by dividing the width of your table by three. To calculate the length of the table runner you just need to add 30 cm to the length of your table. Our table runner will end up measuring 30 x 210 cm.

Start by cutting the fabric to size. You will need a piece of quilt batting measuring 32 x 210 cm. Cut a piece of the main fabric to the same size as the quilt stabilizer and another measuring 32 x 220 cm. (If your table has different measurements then you will obviously need to change the table runner size accordingly.) 

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

You can now proceed to embellish the ends and the larger piece of fabric, if you wish. We chose a Christmas tree design for our project.  First make two templates as shown in the picture. Then sew strips of green fabric together and use the templates to cut out four large and five small trees before sewing a brown tree trunk to the bottom centre of each tree.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Iron two small and one large tree in the centre of each end of the fabric using Bondaweb or a similar stabiliser, about 7 cm from the edge of the fabric. Iron the remaining trees onto the centre of the table runner. Then outline the trees with a tight zig-zag stitch after first placing the stabiliser under the blanket and holding it in place with pins. Feel free to choose a different motif for your table runner. 
Snowmen, Christmas ornaments or snowflakes would look great!

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Now place the pieces together as follows: First the large piece of fabric right side up, followed by the smaller piece of fabric right side down, then the quilt batting. Sew the long sides together with a seam allowance of 1cm.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Turn the runner through one end and iron.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Next, hem the short ends of the table ribbon - fold them about 2.5 cm inwards, iron the fold tight, fold the edge another 2.5 cm inwards and iron again. Topstitch close to the edge to secure the hem.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner
Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Topstitch your DIY table runner all the way around. If you like, you can also quilt the table runner.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Finally, attach a personalized iron-on label. 

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

And you are ready for Christmas!

P.S.: Check out our other tutorial on how to sew a table runner with a star appliqué.

Don't miss these blog posts from Wunderlabel:

Festive Tutorial on How to Sew a Christmas Tree

Free Table Runner Pattern

DIY Christmas Stocking

Folded Fabric Star Ornaments

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