The tutorial below is for a 25.5” x 13” table runner (good for a coffee table) which requires 18 5” fabric squares. Simply double the number of materials depending on how long you want the runner to be (e.g. for a 51”x13” runner you will need 36 5” squares). I made this Halloween theme table runner using leftover fabric from the fabric ornament tutorial - i just love using every last bit!
- Charm pack (a charm pack is a bundle of pre-cut 5" squares)
- Backing fabric (for a 25.5"x13" runner, get 29"x16" of backing)
- Coordinating thread
Step 1 – Pair your 5” squares into 9 groups of 2 squares each. When choosing pairs, pick colors/patterns that complement each other. Pair the squares so that the right sides are facing each other.
Step 2 – As shown below, cut a diagonal line to form 2 half square triangles.
Step 3 - For both half square triangles, sew a ¼” seam along the diagonal line that you cut in the previous step.
Step 4 – After sewing the ¼” seam, press open with an iron. This will create 2 squares. As shown in the 2nd picture below, trim the excess fabric tags.
Step 5 – Repeat the above for all the squares you paired in step 1. Then arrange the squares in 6 rows of 3 squares each. I arranged mine as follows.
Step 6 – Sew the 3 squares in each row together: with right sides facing together, sew a ¼” seam. Press open with an iron.
Step 7 – Then, sew all 6 rows together: with right sides facing together (pin to keep in place), sew a ¼” seam. And then press open with an iron. Continue until you have all rows sewn together.
Step 8 – Now layer your quilt top, batting and backing (in that order) to create a quilt sandwich. Layer it so you can see the right sides of the quilt top and backing fabric (i.e. wrong sides should be facing the batting). Pin to keep the quilt sandwich in place. Then using your sewing machine, quilt the runner however you like. I simply stitched diagonal lines, using the stitch-in-the-ditch method.
Finish the quilt via the Quick Quilt Binding Tutorial, which uses the extra backing fabric. : )