Mar 22, 2013

Reversible Easter Table Runner



On a trip through JoAnns I saw this pretty pink Easter bunny material. I knew that I did not have time to make my girls Easter dresses this year but I really needed a reason to buy this material. So I bought a yard of it becausewellI JUST LIKED IT! Is that a crime? I had to get a yard of something to match it and so enter fabric B, a sweet brown pin-dot fabric. Now I just had to figure out what I was going to make.  I have a small table in my front room, that when not cluttered, is a perfect spot to highlight pictures. I normally keep a red and white runner on it but thought that I could change it up a bit and welcome in spring and Easter with a new runner featuringahhhmy spontaneous fabric purchase. Perfect!

SUPPLIES:
19 X Width of Fabric (WOF) piece of Fabric A (the brown pin-dot fabric)
9 ½ X WOF piece of Fabric B (my pink Easter fabric)
Large enough piece of Fabric B to cut out appliques
Pellon
Scissors, thread, iron, sewing machine, a coke (or soda of choice) and a treat (I prefer Luna Bars)



DIRECTIONS
**Sorry I do not have pictures of the process, but I will make a new one soon and re-post.**
·         Cut one 9 ½ XWOF strip from the brown pin-dot
·         Cut multiple 9 ½ X ? pieces of both the brown pin-dot fabric and the pink Easter fabric. I just cut a bunch of pieces so that with a ¼ seam allowance I would have a long enough piece to match the WOF. I did not want the cuts to be even because I like random. {wink, wink, Sheena she has a really hard time with my random style!}
·         I sandwiched brown and a pink pieces in sets of two, then four, then eights until I had reached the WOF.
·         I then pressed all the seams to the right and top stitched on the right-hand side of each new piece.
·         I then took this template from one of my favorite Easter tutorials from the amazing Dana of MADE. I love these little bunnies and have used the template to make the buntings, a scrapbook page, this runner, and I want to use it again to make some pillows. Using the template I cut out little bunnies from the pink Easter fabric and Pellon.
·         I fused the bunnies to the 9 ½ X WOF brown pin-dot fabric and top stitched them with a small zig-zag stitch, to prevent them from fraying.
·         I also found some great trim in my stash and basted it to the short ends of the runner.
·         Then I sandwiched the top and bottom of the runner right-sides together and stitched the edges leaving the center of one long side open. I turned out my runner, pressed, and top stitched all the way around.


I am so happy with how this came out. It is not in your face Easter, it IS sweet and old-school, and it completely fits me and my style. It was also easy and fun to put together! I actually liked it some much I turned it into my first PDF pattern. It is a very versatile pattern and you can use any image and multiple fabrics. I think Im going to make a birthday one soon. Then I can decorate that little table with one of my kids on their birthday month. The pattern will be available in our SHOP at the end of the month. Until then what is your favorite Easter decoration that you have made?

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