Today I am sharing the process of my first homemade table runner sewing project. I was so into this project diving into fabrics and wanted to make something more with this machine of mine mostly I have been using it for Project Life pages and the odd coaster making and pot holders - Insert the ecourse I purchased from Elise about a year ago. I made the pillow (top) yet to finish it. Here is the making of a table runner.
First things it was the fabric, that very bold colourful print was a left over from Ikea a few years back that sat in my basket - I wanted to make it something. Then I went out to local fabric shops to pick up the other solids (which were meant to be in a different project - but this worked so good). cutting and cutting and cutting began.
Soon after all that cutting came the fun part of stitching it all together, I ran out of the bobbin thread twice. I then seen a tip in a quilting magazine to get at least 3 bobbins ready... I will do that next time.
Once the stitching of the material is all together then it's the pinning or "sandwiching" of the top to the batting + the backing material this took a little time but with the help of Ava passing me the pins we got it done.
I truthfully had no real idea how to stitch this all together but knew it would be lines going vertically, then I wanted it to look not so stiff so I went with the wavy lines it totally helped as I am still new to this and wavy lines are easier than precise straight ones.
For the wavy lines I decided to go with the orange thread - which I also ran out of.
I began to understand that there are a lot of pins & thread, scissor cutting, and my tweezers came in handy.
Once this part of stitching the material all together was done (what a success on it's own) it was then time to bind it all - insert me frowning.
I had picked up this material in a clearance bin & although had no purpose at the time it sure fit in here nicely.
Hard part & Easy part - there is no real easy thing about quilting ... I think the more you do it the better YOU are at this but it is still very time consuming & I have a new appreciation for quilt makers!! Trimming the excess off the runner to prep it for the binding was a pain because I am a memory keeper and I trim paper all the time - this is not paper, each time I thought it was straight it wasn't ... I let it go.
Here we go, binding & I think I held my breath the whole time. I know again once I do this more - the more comfortable I will be so I gave myself a break and kept on stitching with the help of Elise's step by step.
It all started coming together & looking like a table runner - I was so so pleased I didn't screw this up.
That was it, it was FINISHED - I did it all the way, It's not perfect but I made it and I couldn't be happier with it and myself for following through.
I made a comment to my Husband Tyler when he got home work and I said "oh do you like my new table runner I bought from pottery barn"? He got up looked at it - "It was only $100.00" I added. Then I bursted out laughing "um NO dear I made it 100% mine - I did it"! He said "how did you make it"? I proudly said My sewing machine - duh.
So all in all I love it - I'm hooked, I will make more & keep at that binding. Thanks for reading my little sewing adventures! Thanks to a great mentor for her ecourse you can find here.