DIY: Thanksgiving Table Runner

Written by on November 5, 2012 in DIY, Lifestyle - 3 Comments
DIY: Thanksgiving Table Runner

This DIY Embroidered Table Runner will get your holiday guests feeling all warm & fuzzy inside. Who doesn’t love a handmade touch—especially when it comes to setting the table?! I’ve made an otherwise plain table runner come to life with some simple stitches, in the hopes of reminding your friends and family members to dwell on all of the things that make them grateful in life.

By Laura Parke of A Girl Who Makes

-embroidery hoop (shown is 10″)
-table runner
-two colors of embroidery thread
-needle (not shown)


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  • 1. Using the pencil, lightly draw a design on the edge of the table runner. In the example shown, the word is about 5″ above the hem. (Use a straight edge as a guide if you’re worried about keeping things straight.) I freehanded this design, which gave me some freedom, and I encourage you to do the same. Just have fun with it!

  • 2. Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop, allowing the pencil drawing to show. Pull the fabric taut and secure the hoop.

  • 3. Thread a needle with the color of your choice and begin stitching along the pencil line. Use even stitches to ensure a professional-looking project. It is recommended to tie off the thread after each letter. This way, if something gets snagged, the only repair needed will be to one letter (and not the entire word).

  • 4. After the word is stitched, thread the needle with the second color of thread. Using the same technique of simple stitches, stitch along the pencil line. Tie off the end of the thread, and finish by ironing the table runner.

  • Admire your work by setting the table. Then it’s time to invite some guests over for a big meal!

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