Ruffled Burlap Table Runner Tutorial

by Myra Hope

Several weeks ago, I started thinking about decorating my table for Fall and Thanksgiving. I created my drop-dead-gorgeous DIY hurricane vases, but I wanted something to dress up my table a bit more.  However, I didn’t want to spend much on it.

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

So I dreamed up the idea of sewing a ruffled burlap table runner.  Burlap and cotton broadcloth are cheapo! :) Now, I’m not an excellent seamstress, but hopefully I can clearly explain how I made my table runner.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Burlap 2 1/2 yards
  • Lining Fabric
  • Cotton Fabric for ruffle  90″ x 12 1/2″  (the length is variable)
  • Grosgrain Ribbon 1 1/4 yards
  • Thread – 2-3 different colors (I used ecru, cinnamon and chocolate brown)

I cut the burlap to 80″ by 21″.  Then I cut the lining (which I seamed – not one solid piece) to 78″ by 18″ or so.  I’m so not a perfectionist when I sew.  I wing it.


With right sides together, I sewed the lining and burlap together on the long sides.  Leave the ends open and turn right side out.


Note: If I was a perfectionist and wanted the reverse side to look beautiful too, I would have sewed the ruffle on before I sewed the lining and burlap together.  But oh well. Who looks under table runners anyway?! :)


If you look at the back of my table runner, you might also see this.  {rolls eyes}

Press each side well.  The runner will now measure approximately 76″ x 17″.


Turn under the ends and then stitch.


How I Made The Ruffle:


Press 1/2 inch under on both long sides of the ruffle fabric.  Begin pinning ruffle to burlap.  Pin 3″ or so up from the end hem.  Then pin in the middle.

Pin ruffles down…making them as equal as possible.  Stitch down each side about 1/4″  in from edge of ruffle.

To finish off the ends of the ruffle, I added grosgrain ribbon and stitched down both sides.


I’m in love with my beautiful ruffled burlap table runner!

Have you created anything lately with burlap?

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1 christy November 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

OOH! That is absolutely fantastic! LOVE the colours! I think that i may just need to make that! :)
Thanks for sharing!


2 Amy Nabors November 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

How pretty! What a great idea.
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3 CJ November 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

It turned out great! I love it.

I just awarded you a stylish blog award! You can read about it on my blog and click the link in the post to Jenni’s blog (since I have a blocker on the pics I post) to pick-up the award. Hope your day was great!
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4 Heidi November 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I LOVE it!!!


5 Shannon November 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I am so going to try this.. thanks for the inspiration…


6 Cherie November 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

You GO girl! It is beautiful!! Now make one for me too!
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7 Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home November 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Myra, it’s beautiful!


8 Bonnie November 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

This is so cute. Oh, I wish I could sew!
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9 hannah November 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

this is beautiful! I’ve decided to make one of these as a Christmas gift. thanks for such a great tutorial!
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10 Linda@Coastal Charm November 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

It’s soooo pretty and thanks for the tutorial!!!!



11 Kelly November 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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12 Doll Clothes Gal Pal November 19, 2010 at 4:44 am

This is amazing! Very nice choice of color. :)


13 Laura Ingalls Gunn November 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

What a beautiful fall filled vignette. Keep up the beautiful work! Happy Thanksgiving!
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14 christy November 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

i have been looking for inspiration for my table all week for my 18 foot table. i need cheap and cheerful…i love your runner! found you through tatertots
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15 jen @ tatertots and jello November 20, 2010 at 12:06 am

SO so beautiful Myra! I love every thing about it!



16 Kim @ Cheap Chic Home November 20, 2010 at 11:33 am

What a great table runner. I never get tired of these burlap projects. It’s so pretty the way you added the textured placemat and matching napkin.
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17 KJ@letsgoflyakite November 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Visiting via the weekend wrap up, this is gorgeous! I am now going to check out those hurricanes.
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18 Laurel November 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

You can always get me with ruffles and pleats! Fantastic job!
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19 Monica January 20, 2011 at 2:18 am

That’s beautiful! This would be great to bring back out for Valentine’s Day! :) Thank you for sharing!!
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20 Stephanie January 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I’m totally turning this into a pillow. Thanks for the tutorial!


21 Jenny Gann March 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi! I have an odd question. You wouldn’t happen to know what ounce burlap you used, would you? Or even where you got it would help. I am wanting to sew some burlap bags, but I know the burlap I use a lot isn’t quite as sturdy as some burlap that is used in the bags I see. After researching, I see that there is 5 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., etc. burlap, and I can’t figure out what is best for sewing!


22 Stacy H. August 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That is AWESOME! I am so nervous about trying table coverings due to I can’t sew in a straight line for 24 inches so I don’t know how I am going to be able to do it for 90 inches, it intimidates me but yours turned out so great!


23 Ruth August 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love this table runner. It looks great.

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24 Lindsay August 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This is so fun! A must try, actually! Absolutely gorgeous!

I would love to have you share this at my first link party–
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25 Chels R September 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

That is so luxurious looking! I love it! I wish I could sew, haha! I would love to have one of these in my home. If you don’t already, you could totally sell some of your awesome things on Etsy!
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26 Shannon September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

That’s so cute! You could several variations for different seasons!!
Love too that you’re not a perfectionist :) Happy Fall!


27 K Coake August 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Ohh…how pretty!
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28 Janice Gardner October 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

Dear Myra – I am inspired by your beautiful projects and beautiful words! May you be blessed and have a wonderful day…..


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