Ruffled Burlap Runner Tutorial:
Burlap is a very trendy fabric right now! This lowly workhorse of a material has been elevate above some of the most historically sought after textiles- silks, satins, brocades- to take center stage in many decor circles. This astounds me! Burlap is not a friendly fabric to live with. It is scratchy and it sheds. It looses it's shape and does not wash well. Burlap smells funny, too!
At first I bucked the burlap trend. But burlap used it's natural wiles on me and has somewhat broken me! Although I don't want to decorate my windows with it or cover my furniture in it, I do now love the look of burlap as an accent. And I sing it's economical praises- so when this trend is bygone it won't have made a dent in my decorating budget. It is a winner when texture is needed and it's natural fiber weave is fresh and breezy.
The blogs and etsy shops are filled with burlap- especially pillows and runners. But the runners caught me eye. Runners come in so many options! Long, short, embellished, natural and colored. I was so intrigued with them all. Now this is a burlap piece I could love. It doesn't mean I am stuck with this funny fabric for the long haul. I can enjoy it for a season or two and then toss it- sorta like a decorating fling as opposed to a committed relationship.
This season a short flirty runner will grace my kitchen farmhouse table. Easy to make, albeit quite messy (good tip, keep the dustbuster at hand). I am pleased with the final result. It says summer to me.
I decided to make this runner short to show off the ruffle and ric rac trim. But it certainly could be made long.
StoneGable Ruffled Burlap Table Runner:
denim needle for sewing machine
Most table runners are 14-18 inches in width. Decide the witdth that would look best for your table. I wanted the ruffle of the runner to show, so I decided to make the body of my runner 36 inches and the ruffle 3 inches. My tablerunner's final proportions were 14" x 42".
Purchase burlap. For this project I bought 1 1/2 yards @ $2.99 a yard, but got 40% off with a coupon. I had a little fabric left over and will use it on another project. Hand wash and line dry burlap. Press.
This runner is reversable. Both sides are finished. This is becasue I doubled my fabric.
I will be giving instructions for a 14 x 42 inch runner. Adjust the measurements to fit your table and size of runner you want. All seam allowance were 1/2".
Start by cutting 2 pieces of burlap 15 x 37.
14 " (width of runner) + 1/2" (seam allowance) + 1/2" (seam allowance) x 36 " (length of runner) + 1/2 "(seam allowance) + 1/2" (seam allowance)
Pin lengths together.
Sew length sides together using 1/2" seam allowances.
Turn to right side and press.
Turn width ends under 1/2".
Using leftover burlap, cut 2 lengths - 4" x 21" for the ruffle.
3" + 1/2" (seam allowance) + 1/2" (seam allowance) x 21" (1 and 1/2 widths of the 14 inch side opening).
I wanted a gently gathered ruffle- nothing too dramatic.
Fold fabric lengthwise and press. Open and press 1/2" under each width side.
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