I will teach you how to sew an easy beginner table runner sewing tutorial for the fraction of the cost and looks exactly like a Pottery Barn Wheaton Striped Table Runner!
Easy Beginner Table Runner Sewing Tutorial Video
Setting up an Area to sew an Easy Beginner Table Runner
A sewing area that provides everything you need will help to get your sewing project complete and provide creativity. Your sewing space needs to be organized and encourage you to stay motivated.
First, when creating your sewing space, it can be anywhere a room, closet or the dining room table. My space is literally my dining room table but, it is important that is organized.
2.) If your space is at the dining room table like mine, I keep my supplies organize in decorative boxes.
Simply place my boxes in a closet when I am done using is nice because I can stay and store away.
No matter where your space is it has to be organized. You can use decorative boxes, porcelain dishes, or baskets.
Using container are great because you can organize fabrics, thread, needles, bobbins, etc. The goal is to keep your like sewing items together and organize.
A rolling cart can be a nice way to keep your sewing supplies organize, roll in and out of a closet when you are ready to use.
3.) Label, Label, label all your containers with what they contain. Purchase a sewing box or even a fishing tackle box to keep items together all well. Once you gain more experience in sewing your supplies will grow.
4.) A good table is essential for creating your sewing projects to be able to cut, iron and pin your material. Add a light source for later evening or when you have to pin material, so you do not strain your eyes. Do not forget a chair for longer times working on your project such as using your sewing machine. Choose a chair that is comfortable and has great back support.
Sewing Tools to Sew an Easy Beginner Table Runner Sewing Tutorial
Having good sewing tools in essential to produce good work, save time and money. Good Tools creates a professional look and confident a job well done. In sewing use the best tools and keep them in the best condition by placing is a convenient, safe spot.
Scissors are an investment that you will need. I like to have two pairs of sewing scissors; one for cutting material and the other just for clipping lose threads. Your cutting scissors should be about eight inches in length and heavy duty. I would purchase scissors that have a good warranty and excellent quality.
HOW TO SHARPEN YOUR SCISSORS
Always keep your scissors sharp and in good condition. You may sharpen your scissors at home or from a professional. If you get professionally done most hardware store will sharpen them for you.
Sharpening your scissors at home can be an option as well.
First, use sand paper to sharpen your scissors for a less expensive option instead of of replacing them.
I take the sand paper and fold in half, leaving the grain side outward. Take the scissors and make several cuts sure beats buying new or paying for a professional service to sharpen!
Lastly, to ensure the longevity of your sewing scissors do not use them on anything else but, fabric.
NEEDLES AND PINS
Pins are a necessity in beginning sewing. Your pins should be dressmaker pins and thin and sharp. Pins should not big; where they will leave pin hole in any fabric you are working with. Use seamstress pins to create accurate work and save time. I like using a pin cushion to place my unused pins into.
Needles need to be used in conjunction with your thread and fabric. Use a fine needle for fine threads and a heavier needle is needed for strong material.
Next, when buying needles for hand stitching or your sewing machine look for the needle that will work best with the fabric you have selected to sew.
Remember, buy a needle that is made of steel and the point is smooth and sharp.
It is best to use a sharp needle and replace any dull ones for getter results.
Thread just like a needle needs to be purchase in a coordinating color of the material you are working with. You want your thread to blend with the colors within the material.
Finally, thread should reflect the fabric you are buying.
For Example, fabric such as cotton; thread should be cotton, heavy duty or multi-purpose.
OPTIONAL SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS
I usually buy multi-purpose thread for all my sewing projects.
An Iron is important for all your sewing projects especially this work apron with pockets to create a finish look.
An electric iron is an option because, it heats up quick and retains its heat.
I like using an iron in between sides that I sew to smooth the fabric and give a finished look.
Tape Measure are important to sewing because we measure everything when there is cutting and sewing involved.
Your work must be accurate, and a tape measure will be your best friend in achieving a tailored work apron with pockets.
I like to use a tape measure ribbon because it is easy to store and very versatile for my needs such as measuring bust, waist, and hips.
Supplies Needed to Sew an Easy Beginner Table Runner
This easy beginner table runner is inspired from the sixty-nine-dollar Pottery Barn Wheaton Striped/Cotton Table Runner but, I made it for a fraction of the cost.
- Two Yards of Blue and White Ticking Stripe Fabric
- An Iron
- Straight Pins
- Thread that matches your table runner
- A Sewing Machine
How to Sew an Easy Table Runner at Home
First, when starting any project, I like to prep fabric. I prewash all my fabric bought because it helps to eliminates shrinking but, germs are clean off the fabric before gifting.
Next, take your fabric and smooth out with an iron. Use a tape measure and measure your fabric 18 inches wide and 108 inches long.
Match your sides together and pin them in place.
Thread your sewing machine and sew your easy beginner table runner around the edges leaving a one fourth seam. Press your seams open.
Turn your table runner right side out and iron again.
Take your iron and press the table runner again to keep everything in place. Create a zig zag stitch, which is a decorative stitch on your table runner’s edge.
Use a different thread for your table runner stitch if you desire. Insert and come out again with your thread; repeat until you work your way around the table runner.
Finally, your easy beginner table runner one more time to achieve a crisp look.