I am re-sharing this oldie, but goodie post on a table runner I once made. This sewing project is super easy to make and will inject color and vibrancy into your home.
I originally shared this pom pom table runner a few years ago. I have had quite a few people reach out and ask about it, as the original tutorial was shared on another website that seems to be taken down. So, I thought I would repost the tutorial again today.
This project is a perfect stash buster. Here are the materials needed to make the pom pom runner:
- Runner front – 4 colors of cotton fabric, 1/4 yard or fat quarter each
- Backing – 1 color cotton fabric, 1/2 yard
- Pom Pom trim – 2 yards
- Sewing machine and related supplies
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler
- Iron and ironing board
The runner has a large middle square with sides consisting of 6 colorful strips. Each side has 2 rows of pom poms. The pom poms are inserted at each end and also into strip 3. Piece the colors together to your liking! Aside from piecing the strips together and inserted the pom poms, there is no set formula for the colors.. So have lots of fun making this runner!
If you want your runner to be skinnier, make the 17″ length shorter.
Ok, let’s start sewing.
Step 1: Cut the middle square to be 17″ x 17″. Cut 12 strips that are 17″ in length. They can be all the same width or cut into varying widths.
Step 2: Lay the fabric pieces into the order/color arrangement desired. Placement doesn’t really matter, just as long as you like the look of it!
Step 3: Cut pom pom trim into 4 pieces. Each piece should be approx 17″ in length. Lay the pom pom trim into the assortment.
Step 4: Start at one end. Place 2 fabric strips right side together. Pin. Place into sewing machine and sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam with an iron. Open seams and press again. Repeat again and sew on the next strip of fabric.
Step 5: Insert Pom Pom between next strip. Lay the pom pom trim on the seam allowance of the single strip. The pom pom trim should face inwards. Pin in place. Adjust the needle position on your sewing machine. Stitch the pom pom trim down,stitch as close to the pom pom trim inside edge as possible [ approximately a 1/2″ seam allowance]. Press with an iron.
Step 6: Place the next strip on top and sandwich the pom pom trim. Pin in place. Place into sewing machine and stitch together. Follow your previous stitch. Press the seam. Open seams and press again.
Step 7: Finish piecing the one side of the runner. Repeat again and sew the strips for the other side of the runner. Sew each end to the middle square.
Step 8: Insert Pom Pom into ends – Lay the pom pom trim on each end of the runner. Pom Poms should be facing inwards. Pin in place. Adjust the needle position so it can easily stitch around the pom poms. Stitch as close to the pom pom trim inside edge as possible [ approximately a 1/2″ seam allowance]. Press with an iron.
Step 9: Make sure that there are no pom poms in the side seam allowance. If a pom pom falls within the 1/2″ seam allowance, cut it off.
Step 10: Lay the finished runner front onto backing fabric. Cut the backing to fit the front dimensions. Adjust the backing and runner front so they are right sides facing. Pin along the outside edge. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2 seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening. Press seams.
Step 11: Pull the runner right side out through the opening.
Step 12: Wiggle corners into place. Turn under the seam allowances at the opening. Press with an iron.
Step 13: Handstitch the opening closed or topstitch around the entire outside edge.
Let me know how it goes and I hope this table runner inspires a colorful and crafty endeavor!