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October FNSI Results – Two Table Runners

Posted by supermom on October 22, 2011

I call this my version of the 10-minute table runner.

First, because I defy anyone to cut panels from two different fabrics, pin and sew those panels together, press the seams either open or to one side, turn right side out and press again; centering the narrower fabric over the wider fabric, pin and sew the ends, press that seam open, turn the end to form the point and then either sew that in place or sew on a button at each end to keep the point in place.  And do it all in 10 minutes.

Even if you subtract the time it takes to cut the fabric… it would still take longer than 10 minutes.  My version takes approximately one hour from the time I start sewing until the final pressing.

The second reason I call this my version is that most instructions for the 10-minute table runner say to cut the fabric panels width of fabric which results in a finished length of at most 42 inches depending on the width of fabric used. (52 inches if you can find 54-55 inch wide fabric in the print of your choice.)   My dining table is 60 inches without the leaf in place.  With the leaf in place it is 72 inches.  I like my table runners to at least cover the full length of the table but my preference is to have a bit hanging over on each end.

One solution would be to cut 2 panels of each fabric, sew them together and then cut them to the length wanted.  But then you have the added steps of matching the print and sewing them together and then making sure those seams match when you sew the panels together.

What I do instead, is buy two lengths of coordinating fabric a bit longer than I want my table runner to be and then measure and cut the fabric panels down the length of the fabric.  I buy a little more fabric than I need to allow for wonky cutting at the fabric store and for shrinkage when I pre-wash the fabric.

When I’m cutting, I cut one large panel and one small panel from each fabric.  This way, I end up with two coordinating table runners but with the feature fabric reversed.

Pictured below are the 2 one hour table runners (that’s one hour each) I made last night during Friday Night Sew In.

They're almost as pretty with the backs facing up.

Dave and I took pictures as I went along, so I hope to have a tutorial ready to post along with this month’s Christmas On A Budget post on the 25th.

Now, I’m off to check out what projects the other Friday Night Sew In participants worked on.


This post has been added to Sew Darn Crafty… Week 37 over at Sew Many Ways.


25 Responses to “October FNSI Results – Two Table Runners”

  1. Barb said

    Love how your table runners turned out…. it sounds like you had a very productive night 🙂 Barb.

  2. Sandra :) said

    I’ve seen tutorials here and there for that 10 minute tablerunner but I never did understand how on earth it could be done in 10 minutes. An hour sounds more accurate to me 🙂 Your runners are gorgeous – I love those fabrics!

  3. Nancy D said

    I can’t thread my machine in 10 minutes! LOL Your table runners are beautiful. I think I made gift bags from the fabric with the branches and berries last year. But to be honest, that last week before Christmas last year was such a blur I am surprised I didn’t sew my socks to something that I gave away…
    Very lovely work on a productive FNSI. And, you know, if you are ever in our neighbourhood, we will make space at the table for you! xo

  4. Kerry said

    Looks like a successful FNSI to me! Congrats on getting something accomplished!

  5. Fiona said

    Those are great….. and I totally agree… no ways can that be done in 10 minutes!!! Great to have 2 very pretty finishes…


  6. Your table runners are awesome! I love it when you can sit and finish a project at one time… and you did two! Can’t wait to see the tutorial! I’m your newest follower! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  7. Jandi said

    Very cute! I love the fabrics! I can’t believe it is already time to pull out those Christmas projects. I better get a move on!

  8. Nice work on your FNSI! Those runners are great – & I agree that they should be long enough to hang off the ends a bit.

    ~ meagan

  9. Maria said

    Love them! What great idea for a quick Christmas gift.

  10. Manda said

    Your tablerunners are lovely! I agree – no way I could do all that in 10 mins!

  11. Cindy said

    I love making 10-minute table runners. Your’s turned out beautifully.

  12. Sue said

    I love quilt blogging because you learn so many things from different quilters. I would have to agree that I could not do a table runner in 10 minutes. I like the way your explained your process and to get it done in one hour is quite great! I’m a little pokier than that!! 😀

    These are gorgeous table runners!!

  13. hafza said

    Your table runner looks lovely!! What an achivement for FNSI…I don’t think I can sew such lovely items in ten minutes!!

  14. Debbie said

    These are great! And I love your idea of making two at once. Very cool.

  15. KellyS said

    Great job on your table runners! I don’t know too many sewing projects that can be done in 10 minutes, let alone what this one sounds like.

  16. Susanne said

    Very pretty! The colors are perfect together.

  17. Pam said

    I always take longer than the specified time for projects. You had a very productive FNSI, finishing two beautiful table runners.

  18. I’ve seen those 10 minute table runners and I could never figure out what they were talking about. I love the fabrics you chose. I like to make two at a time also. I figure since I have everything out and following the directions I may as well make a couple of them. That way I can have an extra for a gift.

  19. Joan said

    Wonderful table runners – I am looking forward to your tutorial

  20. Kathy L said

    Nicely done runners! That’s nice that you are going to write up the directions for your version. Thanks for your comments about my Halloween Scaredy Cat! I am doing the embroidery of the whiskers tonight!

  21. Teresa said

    What a great finish! I don’t know who times the 10 minute projects, but it’s not with any clock I’m accustomed to lol. Projects turn out better anyway, when you ditch the clock and stitch at your own pace, right?

  22. corina said

    It takes me 10 minutes just to clean off enough space on my cutting table to start cutting! Great results for your FNSI!

  23. Those tablerunners looks great! A great FNSI!

  24. Heather said

    They look great! And so fast, too. Sounds like it was a productive sew-in!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment. Much appreciated!! 🙂

  25. Tanya C. said

    Your table runners are very pretty! I am looking forward to your tutorial.
    There is no way in the world I would be able to make 10-minute table runner..just getting the fabrics ready to be sewn would take me longer than that. I am a turtle when it comes to sewing. 🙂

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog.


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