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Wander Fabrics: Step Lively Table Runner Tutorial

Maker Fabrics: Backstitched Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

How is your 2015 going? Mine is packed full of sewing and designing! I couldn't be happier doing what I love! I know a lot of you share the same passion I do and I am so thankful to be apart of Art Gallery Fabrics and being able to bring you fun sewing projects. Today I am working with Maker Fabrics designed by AGF Studio. I love this fabric collection because all the prints have to do with my favorite things to do; sewing and creating! I created a table runner called Backstitched! The table runner is reversible, so you get two designs in one! Click here to check out the lookbook for more projects made with Maker Fabrics!



Here is what you need to get started! 

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A - MKR-3884 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric B- MKR-3890- 1/6 yd.
Fabric C- MKR-2888- 1/6 yd.
Fabric D- MKR- 3887- 1/6 yd.
Fabric E- MKR-2882- 1/6 yd.
Fabric F- MKR-2890- 1/6 yd.
Fabric G-MKR-2883- 1/6 yd.
Fabric H-MKR-2880- 1/6 yd.
Fabric I- MKR-3882- 1/6 yd.
Fabric J- MKR-2885- 1/3 yd.
Fabric K- PE-433 - 3/8 yd.
Fabric L- PE-410 - 1 yd.

Binding- MKR-2885- Fabric J- Included

Cutting Requirements 

Two (2) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric A -G
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips A -G
One (1) 5 1/4 x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A-G
Forty (40) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” square from Fabric K
Five (5) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric L
Two (2) 5 1/2” x 12 1/2” strips from Fabric L
Four (4) 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” strips from Fabric L
Four (4) 4 1/2“ x 23 1/2” x strips from Fabric L

Block Construction

Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric H and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares
from Fabric K. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units. Draw diagonal lines using a pencil or a water soluble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric K.


Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric H. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line. (Diagram 2.1) Sew 1/4” from the diagonal line on each side of the line. Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked. You will now have two pieces that look like Diagram 2.3.


Press seams toward Fabric K. (Diagram 3.1) Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric K at the lower corner of your piece. Follow Diagram 3.2. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on diagonal line. You will now have two piece that look like Diagram 3.3. Repeat steps in Diagram 3.1-3.3 for other piece created in Diagram 2.3



You will now have four flying geese using the no waste method! Sew two flying geese together following Diagram 4.2! Repeat this step with remaining fabric pieces you will need one of your two blocks you made in Diagram 4.2 for the front of your table runner and other for the back of your table runner.


Sew two 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric H to your block you made in Diagram 4.2.Press them and then sew two 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabric H to the other two sides of your piece. You will get a finished block that looks like Diagram 5.2. Repeat this same process to create the rest of your blocks with the remaining fabric. Follow table runner illustration as a guide.


To create the back of your table runner collect all the left over blocks you made in Diagram 4.2. Follow the back table runner as a guide in order to place your blocks correctly. Create two side strips with your four 4 1/2” x 23 1/2” strips. Sew to each side of your table runner. Trim off excess. When squaring off and quilting your quilt make sure top and bottom table runner line up so the back table runner is evenly in the middle of the front table runner!




Quilt 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.


Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric MKR-3885 to make a final strip 124" 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.




Hope you enjoy making this table runner with Marker fabrics! Keep creating and sewing to fuel the Maker in you!

Til Next Time,