13 November 2012

Make This: Burlap Runner

I had been on the hunt for a new runner for our kitchen table for a while. It was surprisingly hard to find the right size and color. None of the patterns that I saw matched the rest of the house and all of the solids were just too boring! So, obviously, the only thing to do was make my own...and a big mess :)

Here's how I did it....

Supplies: Light color burlap, Fabric dye, Liquid Stitch, Scissors (not shown), Iron (not shown)

Step 1: Soak!
I used my kitchen sink for this, however, it's probably a better idea to use some sort of large container.  If you do use your sink make sure to rinse it out with soap and water immediately afterwards. Simply follow the directions on the back of your dye box - I love how the color possibilities are endless! The longer you soak the deeper the color. I found that this burlap immediately latched on to the color and I didn't need to soak for more than 5 minutes.

Step 2. Cut
I made the mistake of putting my entire 2 yards of fabric in the sink...hello! So, if you're buying more fabric than you need for this specific project I would recommend that you cut your fabric first to ensure an even color.
Step 3. Fray
This step is slightly tedious. Make sure that you take your time to keep your fabric from looking too distressed. If you try this, you'll know what I mean. I measured out 10 inches for my fray.
Step 4. Iron
I definitely recommend this step to keep your ends looking crisp and even.
Step 5. "Stitch"
There are two ways that you can finish off your runner. The first is to use Liquid Stitch, which just so happens to be a little messy (and really, its not a complete DIY with out a little mess). If you choose to go this route make sure to put something 'disposable' under your project - I used a brown paper bag. -OR- you can get fancy and make the stitch with your sewing machine. I chose against this option because I didn't want to be able to see the seam. It is a total preference.

Step 6. Fringe
This was my favorite part. Basically you just tie your knot at the top of your fringe. I liked the chunky look, so I only made 6 strands. You can make as many as you please :)

It's so satisfying to make something yourself. There's really nothing better than someone complimenting something in your home and being able to say "Thanks, I made it" - am I right?!


  1. Glad I found your blog. LOVE IT! Definitely following.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm so glad that you're here :)

  2. How cute! My table needs a runner! In red of course :)

  3. this is cute-- i might just have to try it, very very soon!!

  4. Your table runner turned out really well! Great DIY :)

  5. WHat an awesome blog you have! Thanks for that! :)




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