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The Denim Studio/Shades Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

What have you all been sewing lately? I am busy designing and sewing with The Denim Studio Fabric Collection. I am working with the smooth denim and linen! I am so in love with the texture and colors of these fabrics! I decided to make a table runner that consists of four 12" blocks with different fabrics which is featuring our new Solid Denims in four of our lovely shades. In the Shades table runner I wanted to show you that you can easily mix and match our new smooth denims with all of our cotton fabric collections! This table runner was such a joy to make! You will have so much fun pairing your favorite smooth denims back with your favorite AGF collections! Once you start sewing with our denims you are not going to want to stop. Our Denim Studio fabrics are a bit wider then our traditional cottons which are 43”-55”. Are denims range from 55” to 59” wide. You may have some left over fabric after making the Shades table runner and  I suggest to make some coasters or napkins to go with this lovely table runner!



Here is what you need to get started:


Finished Table runner 12"x 48"  

Fabric Requirements
Fabric A-DEN-S-2004- 1/8 yd.
Fabric B-DEN- S-2000- 1/8 yd.
Fabric C-DEN-S-2002- 1/8 yd.
Fabric D-DEN-S-2003-1/8 yd.
Fabric E-DAR-54308-1 FQ.
Fabric F- AVG-28902-1 FQ.
Fabric G-HME-70403-1 FQ.
Fabric H-HME-70402 -1 FQ.
Fabric I-BOU-7040-1 FQ.
Fabric J-BOU-7050-1 FQ.
Fabric K- FLO-9128-1 FQ.
Fabric L-FLO-8121-1 FQ.
Fabric M-DEN-L-4000- 1/4yd.

Binding-DEN-L-400 (Fabric M) Included
130” long- Approx 2 strips- 1 1/2” x WOF

Backing - ART-43104- 7/8 yd

Cutting Directions
Each piece has 1/4” seam allowance added.
Four (4) 1 1/2” x 4 1/2“ strips from Fabric A,B,C, and D
Two (2) 4 7/8” x 6 7/8“ rectangles from Fabric A, B, C, D, E,G,I, and K
One (1) 4 1/2” squares from Fabric F,H,J, and L
Eight (8) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric M


Step 1:

Take two 4 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A and E. Place Fabric A rectangles right side together to a Fabric E rectangle. For one set of rectangles cut from the right bottom corner to the left top corner and for the other set of rectangles cut from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. Sew triangles to form four half rectangle triangles. Next sew four half rectangle triangles following Diagram 1.  


Step 2:

Next it’s time to sew the center part of the block. Take two 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric A and sew them to each side of a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric M. Repeat this step again to create two of these pieces. Now take these two pieces and sew them to each side of a 4 1/2” square from Fabric F. (Diagram 2)


Step 3:

Next sew both pieces made in Diagram 1 to each side of the piece made in Diagram 2. (Diagram 3) Make three more blocks following this process using the rest of the fabric pieces. Follow table runner illustration as guide.



Table Runner Quilting Assembly 

  • 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 quilt 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 motifs are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finish, trim excess of any fabric batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.


  • Cut enough strips 1 ½” wide by the width of Fabric M to make a final strip of 130” 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 approximate 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 B1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45 degrees 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 ½” 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 by 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 all enjoyed the Shades table runner tutorial! Our new smooth denims are a dream to sew with and mixing them with our regular quilting cottons will add a perfect softness and texture to all of your projects! Make sure to check out The Denim Studio Fabric Project Catalog, where you can find more great projects designed with Denim Studio fabrics!