After "auditioning" a few different fabrics from my fabric stash, this home decor fabric in a neutral shade with a pronounced weave texture, and just a hint of sparkle made the cut for my no sew table runner. I thought the black grow grain ribbon with white polka dots added just the right amount of whimsy to give this neutral runner some fun! The best part of this project is that it is no sew and "so-o-o-o" easy to put together!
I spent the most time on this project in fabric selection. I was not ready to commit to all the oranges, reds, and golds of fall. I also wanted to try my hand at adding some neutrals with pops of turquoise and blue. Then, another factor was the beautiful graining of our coffee table and the dark stain. I considered using burlap, but I had some gorgeous lengths of home decor fabric that we had used to make pillows using my husband's art work. This particular fabric has the "look" of burlap gone glam!
I chose the lighter of the fabrics, to contrast with the dark stain of the coffee table. It has a nice weave that doesn't compete with the graining of the wood and just the slightest bit of sparkle! I love a little sparkle!
I like the punch of whimsy that the black grow grain ribbon with white polka dots added to our front door wreath. (Click HERE for Late Summer to Early Fall Wreath.) I decided to add the same ribbon to the runner. Once I decided on the materials, the rest was easy
The iron on adhesive tape is really easy to use. I used the permanent bond tape. My tape specifically said NOT to attempt to sew through it by hand or by machine. I learned the hard way on another project, that you DO NOT want to try to sew through permanent, no sew tape. Lesson Learned: When in doubt: read package directions and follow them!
Once you iron the adhesive tape down, an adhesive strip will be left. Now you can iron on the ribbon, or fold over the edge to create a smooth, no sew hem. Once again, read and follow the packaging directions. The product I used said to let the tape cool, before peeling it up. I also found that the backing came off the most cleanly by pulling the tape directly up (not at a slant) and close to the fabric.
In a matter of an hour, the runner was ready for the coffee table. All it needed was to be accessorized. I just love the polka dot ribbon. It really gives the runner personality.
I wanted to create an easy, no sew, fun, table runner. I like the simplicity of the piece, as well as the nod to whimsy. Once again, I am tickled that I used materials I already had and materials that make me happy: Sparkle + Polka Dots = FUN!
Want to see how I accessorized the table? It was all about layering and as easy as 1, 2, 3! Click HERE for more.
I was out shopping for "basics" at Walmart and "wandered" into the fall decor aisle and the home decor aisles. I noticed that they had some very reasonably priced burlap table runners. One could purchase a premade table runner and add some cute ribbon to match your decor and personal taste. In a matter of minutes a custom table runner could be created
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I also found some no pill fleece in black and white buffalo plaid in the fabric department. I think that is going to be made up into a no sew table runner for the dining room table. What could be more fun than putting black ribbon with white polka dots and black and white buffalo plaid with pops of turquoise and "pear" green?! Oh, the places my mind is going!
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