You may remember last September when I stamped a piece of the Kettering gradient. I used my favorite nature stamps from Fred B. Mullett. I always intended to make a table runner with the fabric but it languished because I could not figure out how I would quilt it. Then while redoing the guest room and putting away my grandmother's dresser scarves I realized that I didn't need to quilt it!
I decided to use mine as dresser scarves for the guest house bedroom. Here's how I made them.
I had stamped a half yard of fabric and decided to cut it in half lengthwise for 2 table runners. Square up the panels of fabric and measure the length of the panel. Note that measurement to use later.
I think that the wide border is what makes this look so elegant. I cut 2.5" strips and added a mitered border. You could do straight borders but I like the look of the miter. Here's a great Youtube video on making mitered borders.
This could be finished in several ways including a narrow hem or narrow binding. I decided that I wanted mine faced to give a little more heft to the edge of the table runner and it to cover all of the seams. I cut more 2.5" strips and finished one long edge with the serger. A zig-zag stitch would work. I used this method because I didn't want to turn under a hem.
I made a frame the size of the border on the table runner. Instead of making miters I seamed these pieces with straight seams so that there would not be double bulk under the mitered seams. To do this I first cut the long edges the same length as the cut length of the center (the measurement from above). I cut the end pieces the width of the table runner with the borders. I I stitched them together so that the finished edges are on the INSIDE of the facing.
In this photo the facing is pinned to the table runner right sides together. You can see the serged edges toward the inside. Sew through both layers all around the edge at 1/4".
Before turning the facing clip off the corners to remove bulk from the turned corners. One secret that I learned in garment making is that it's easier to turn a facing if you first press the seam open. I press my seams open over a point presser but you can do most of it flat and you can finger press the corners.
Here's the facing turned to the back and pinned in place. You can see that the facing covers all of the seams.
Stitch in the ditch next to the border to secure the facing in place and you are all done! It really only took about an hour to make this.
I made 2, one for the dresser at the top of the post and one for the chest. These pieces of furniture are pretty beat up so these cover a lot of blemishes.