It’s time for another Christmas in July project! Get a head start on holiday fun throughout the “lazy days” of summer… Christen from Love By Hand designed this table runner featuring the ever-popular half square triangle (HST). Learn more about Christen in her introduction and then get to work, sewing up something special for the year ahead!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Christen from Love By Hand. Sewing for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things, so I’m really excited to share this project for a fun and festive Half Square Triangle Christmas Tree Table Runner!

Fabric Requirements:
The following fabric yields one HST Christmas Tree Block, block finishes 15” x 15”.

  • 3: 3 7/8” x 18” strips, assorted fabrics
  • 1: 3 7/8” x 18” strip, background fabric
  • 1: 3 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strip, background fabric

For the project shown, I made three blocks for a finished table runner approximately 15” x 45”.

  • 18” x 50” for backing
  • ¼ yd fabric for binding
  • Cotton batting

Fabrics shown are Hip Holiday by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics, Kona Cotton Solids and Essex Linen in Bleached White.

Cutting Instructions:
For each block cut the following for the HST units:

  • 4: 3 7/8” squares background fabric
  • 12: 3 7/8” squares assorted prints

(You will end up with one extra HST unit as you only need 7.)

From the 3 ½” x WOF background strip cut:

  • 2: 3 ½” x 6 ½” strips
  • 2: 3 ½” x 2” strips
  • 2: 3 ½” x 3 ½” strips
  • 2: 3 ½” x 5” strips

Repeat the above for each of your blocks.

Making The Half Square Triangle Units:
Each block has 15 HST (half square triangle) units. To make the HSTs, pair each of the four background 3 7/8” squares with a print. Then with your eight assorted print fabrics, create four sets of two. For both stacks, place fabrics right sides together and draw a line diagonally across eight square stacks.

Using a ¼” foot, place your guide on the drawn line and sew down both sides of the line. Next, cut the square in half along the line and press open. You’ll now have 16 half square triangle units.

Creating the Half Square Triangle Christmas Tree Block:
Next, following the block diagram, layout your half square triangle units and cut background pieces as shown.

Your block will look something like this:

Then, sew blocks together in horizontal rows. Press all seams of all rows. I press to the side, but it’s up to you. Sew all rows together to create your Half Square Triangle Christmas Tree Block.

Finishing The Table Runner:
Repeat the above steps to create all of your desired blocks. I created three blocks and sewed the blocks together in an alternating layout. Once sewn together, baste top to batting and backing fabric.

Once basted, quilt as desired. I used straight line quilting in the negative space.

Next, prepare the binding. You’ll need 4: 2 ¼” x WOF (width of fabric) strips of binding. I personally prefer machine binding, so I sew the binding onto the back and pull around to the front to finish. However, feel free to use your preferred binding method.

Don’t you just love a candy-cane striped binding on Christmas sewing projects? Once your binding is on, your table runner is complete!


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