Holly Theme Table Runner

2011 Satin Cone Tree
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A beautiful table often begins with the linens, which can be an added and unaffordable expense during the holiday season. For the cost of the fabric, you can create a stunning runner that looks like you spent a fortune to bring it to your table. I found my fabric at 50% off at Joann’s Home Fabric department. It’s interesting because it’s semi sheer and has metallic threads running through it that give it a glimmer. When it comes to the holidays, can you have enough glimmer? This tutorial includes the stencil and complete instructions for making this treasure, one you can use year after year.

Directions

step 1 - Cut the length and width of the runner you need for your size table. The short finished ends should drop a minimum of 4” down from the table edge. I made my table runner 18” wide so that plates on both sides of it would not overlap the fabric or design. For an 18” runner, start with raw fabric cut to 24” wide. Fold and pin three-inch hems along each side.

step 1 - Cut the length and width of the runner you need for your size table. The short finished ends should drop a minimum of 4” down from the table edge. I made my table runner 18” wide so that plates on both sides of it would not overlap the fabric or design. For an 18” runner, start with raw fabric cut to 24” wide. Fold and pin three-inch hems along each side.

step 2 - Press the hems in place.

step 2 - Press the hems in place.

step 3 - Fold the raw edges into the pressed crease on each side then press in place.

step 3 - Fold the raw edges into the pressed crease on each side then press in place.

step 4 - Repeat steps #1 to #3 on the short ends of the runner.  Pin all the hems to hold them in place.  Sew all four of the 1.5” hems by machine.

step 4 - Repeat steps #1 to #3 on the short ends of the runner.  Pin all the hems to hold them in place.  Sew all four of the 1.5” hems by machine.

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step 6 - Your finished canvas should look something like this.

step 5 & 6 Print on card stock and cut out the stencils.  Match the three pieces aligning the horizontal marks provided at the left and right of the center stencil.  Move the pieces together until the image edges meet. 

 
step 7 - Tape the pieces together to create one long 18” stencil. Spray the back with adhesive. The stencil can be removed and repositioned on the fabric again to paint at least 6 stencils.

step 7 - Tape the pieces together to create one long 18” stencil. Spray the back with adhesive. The stencil can be removed and repositioned on the fabric again to paint at least 6 stencils.

step 8 - For my 6.5’ long table, I used three images per side with 6 inches in between each, and 15” on each end. That allowed me a 5” drop on the ends.  I also didn’t want the first image at the very edge of the table so there’s a 10” blank space from the table edge to the first image.  To place three images on a side, fold the hemmed runner in half and place a pin in the center fold. Place the center of the stencil on the pin and the edge of the card stock against the edge of the fabric. Determine how much space you have to the left and right of the stencil and position your images accordingly. Don’t forget to allow for the drop. If you don’t have room for three images per side, you can instead, plan two on each side. Fold the hemmed runner in half and center the stencil on each half.

step 8 - For my 6.5’ long table, I used three images per side with 6 inches in between each, and 15” on each end. That allowed me a 5” drop on the ends.  I also didn’t want the first image at the very edge of the table so there’s a 10” blank space from the table edge to the first image. 

To place three images on a side, fold the hemmed runner in half and place a pin in the center fold. Place the center of the stencil on the pin and the edge of the card stock against the edge of the fabric. Determine how much space you have to the left and right of the stencil and position your images accordingly. Don’t forget to allow for the drop.

If you don’t have room for three images per side, you can instead, plan two on each side. Fold the hemmed runner in half and center the stencil on each half.

step 9 - To paint the stencils, cover the holly leaves with tape or paper towels. Mix a few drops of green paint with the red to tone down it’s brightness. Airbrush the stencil with the red mix. Allow to dry completely.

step 9 - To paint the stencils, cover the holly leaves with tape or paper towels. Mix a few drops of green paint with the red to tone down it’s brightness. Airbrush the stencil with the red mix. Allow to dry completely.

step 10 - Remove the covering on the holly.  Cover all the red painted areas. Mix a few drops of red with the green paint to deepen it’s color. Airbrush the holly with the green mix. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing the stencil and moving it to the next position.

step 10 - Remove the covering on the holly.  Cover all the red painted areas. Mix a few drops of red with the green paint to deepen it’s color. Airbrush the holly with the green mix. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing the stencil and moving it to the next position.

 

Supplies

At Fabric Store

  • fabric 24" wide X length of your table plus 5" drop and 3" hem on each end
  • painters tape
  • card stock
  • sewing notions
  • Scotch Spray Mount repositionable adhesive

At Testors.com

  • 9446 Red Paint
  • 9451 Green Paint
  • Aztek airbrush

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