Maker Fabrics: Backstitched Table Runner Tutorial
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Wander Fabrics: Step Lively Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone! 

What have you all been sewing up lately? I have been working with the Wanderer fabric collection designed by April Rhodes. If you haven't checked out the look book yet click here to get inspired on what you can make with this collection. Today I created a table runner called Step Lively which was created using strips at various lengths and half square triangles. 

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Here is what you need to get started.

Fabric Requirements  

Fabric A- WAN-23302 - 1/4 yd.
Fabric B- WAN-13305 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric C- WAN-23303 - 1/6 yd
Fabric D- WAN-23301- 1/6 yd.
Fabric E- PE-408 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric F- PE-442- 1/8 yd.
Fabric G- PE-440- 1/6 yd.
Binding- WAN-1330- 1/6 yd.
Backing- WAN-23305- 2/3 yds.

Finished Table Runner Size: 18" x 36"

 

Cutting Directions 

Six (6) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Five (5) 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric A
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric A
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric B
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric C
Twelve(12) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric D
Nine (9) 3” x 3” squares from Fabric E
Nine (9) 3” x 3” squares from Fabric F
Six (6) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2“ strips from Fabric G
Five (5) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric G
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric G
One (1) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric G

 

Table Runner Construction

To create two half square triangles with Fabric E and Fabric F. Take a 3” x 3” square from both fabrics. (Diagram 1.1) Place on top with right sides together! Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other with a pencil or water soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line you drew at 1 /4”. Cut on your diagonal line. Press seams open (Diagram 1.2) Square off half square triangles to equal 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (Diagram 1.3) You will need a total of 18 half square triangles from Fabric E and F. Repeat this process to create the rest of your HST’s.

Step-Lively-Diagram-1

Sew the following rows together:
Row 1: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B
to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 2: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a
2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 3: Sew a 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B
Row 4: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 5: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D
to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 6: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D
to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 7: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 8: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 9: Sew a 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C.

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Sew the following rows together:
Row 10: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 11: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric G
Row 12: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B to a 2 /2“ x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G
Row 13: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2“ x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric G
a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 14: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 15: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric D to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 16: Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C
to a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric G.
Row 17: Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” square from Fabric G.
Row 18: Sew a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” strip from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a HST from Fabric E and F to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric C to a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric G.

Once your rows are complete sew row 1- 18 together to get your finished table runner top.  

Step-Lively-Diagram-3Quilt Assembly 

Sew right sides together. 

Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface.Place BATTING on top of backing fabric.Place TOP on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands.Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers. Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding 

Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric WAN-13330 to make a final strip 118" long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximated 5" tail. Sew with ¼" seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.Stop stitching ¼" before the edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° and upward, pressing with your fingers (DIAGRAM B2). Hold this fold with your finger, bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (DIAGRAM B3). Start sewing at ¼" of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt. Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot.Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see). Trim seam to ¼" and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.

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Can't wait to see what you all make with the Wanderer Fabric Collection!  

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 

 

 

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