Ruffled Burlap Table Runner Tutorial by Blog of the Week: Pocket Full of Pink

Happy Tuesday, mamas!  Let me introduce Karen, from Pocket Full of Pink!  Karen was the very first one to feature a post of mine, so I was thrilled that she would be interested in visiting me here as the blog of the week!  And guess what else… today is Karen’s birthday, so be sure to show her some birthday love today!!
Hello Happy Hour Projects readers!  My name is Karen and I blog over at Pocket Full of Pink, where I post crafts, tutorials, recipes and sometimes just random stuff!  I am so excited to be here.
Today I am going to show you my Ruffled Burlap Table Runner:

I am absolutely LOVING my Table Runner!  I love how it turned out.  Wanna know how I made it?  
Here is what you will need:
  • Burlap (I used a piece about 17 inches wide, 45 inches long)
  • 2 different fabrics about 1/4- 1/2 yard of each
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors, tape measure
  • I don’t quilt, but I use the long plastic thingy (what is the name of it!!) in the picture and a cutting mat.
That’s all you need!  This is so inexpensive to make!!
First I cut the burlap into the 17 x 45 inch piece.  Do ya know how to cut Burlap?  You make a little snip where you want to cut it, then pull out a burlap thread.  This will make a straight line through your burlap!  Now you can use scissors or a quilting cutter (I can’t think of the right name for it!) to cut your burlap.  I hope that made sense.  It really makes it easy to cut the Burlap.
After you have cut your burlap in the desired length and width, iron it.  Mine had lots of creases in it.  Don’t leave the hot iron on the burlap for long:)
Next, you cut your 2 different fabrics into strips about 2 inches by 34 inches long (twice the amount of the width of your runner).  I cut 4 strips of one pattern and 3 of the other pattern.  
Now here’s the fun part.  I hated making ruffles until I learned how to make them!  My machine is very basic and I know every machine is different, so this probably varies depending on your machine.  You turn the thread tension up to the highest number.  I know the picture is hard to see, but my thread tension is at about 8 or 9.  
Next, you turn the stitch width to the highest.  Mine is 5.  
Here is what the ruffles looked like when I got done.  All you have to do is guide the fabric piece through the machine, and it makes the ruffles for you!  This works perfectly!  Remember, don’t back stitch. I am a new woman now that I have discovered this!!
Next, I placed each ruffle about 6 inches apart.  Now, pin each ruffle onto the burlap in a straight line.
Sew each ruffle down, right down the center, but make sure you are not sewing on top of the stitch you sewed to make the ruffle.  Get as close as you can to it.  Then after each ruffle is sewn on, take your seam ripper and take out the ruffle seam (the one on the right that my seam ripper is pointing to).  The seam should come out really easy. 
After picking out the ruffle seam, I frayed each ruffle a little along the edges of the fabric.  I also cut any threads that were hanging.  
Admire your fabulous work and show it off on your table!!
We had some friends over for dinner last night and they absolutely LOVED this!  
It was so nice to say I MADE IT!! 
If you have any questions about my directions, e-mail me and I’d be happy to help:
Thanks so much Adrianne for letting me stop by! 


  1. Kelly says

    awesome job! I was curious about ruffles too! thanks this is so simple yet so beautiful…I always like to think how much something like that would be at Target or Marshalls- it would easily be 14.99 or higher…so I would say not only did you save a boatload of money but you had fun too…PLUS you get the bragging rights…nice work! good guest post!

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