Fabric table runner

Jane Dávila, author of Jane Dávila’s Surface Design Essentials, has created a fast and fun way to enjoy fabric you’ve created yourself using art materials. The big squares in the design of this table runner pattern will show off your own surface designs, such as this paint-washed and stamped fabric. The size of the finished table runner is 63” x 15” but it can easily be made longer or shorter to suit your table.


  • Hand-painted or printed fabric ¾ yard
  • Sashing fabric ¾ yard
  • Backing fabric 1 yard
  • Batting and thread

Cutting Instructions:

  • Five squares 10 ½” x 10.5” of your hand-painted fabric
  • Ten pieces 3” x 10.5” of sashing fabric
  • Six pieces 3” x 15.5” of sashing fabric

Sewing Instructions:

1.  Sew a 3” x 10.5” piece of sashing fabric to either side of each hand-painted fabric square to create five rows. Press seams toward surface designed fabric.

2.  Sew a 3” x 15.5” piece of sashing fabric between each of the five rows and on either end. Again, press seams toward hand-painted fabric. 3.  Cut backing fabric into two pieces 18” x 34”. Sew together along the 18” side to create one large 18”x 67.5” piece.

4.  Lay a piece of batting at least 18” x 67.5” on a flat surface. Lay the pieced backing on the batting, right side up. Place the table runner top, right side down, centering it on the backing and batting. Sew around the perimeter of the table runner with a walking foot to keep the layers together. Leave a 6” opening along one side, backstitching at beginning and end.

5.  Trim the backing an batting even with the table runner top. Clip corners. Turn right side out through opening and press carefully. Hand sew the opening closed. Quilt in the ditch along the seams or as desired. Enjoy!

Jane Davila's Surface Design EsentialsLearn Jane Dávila’s surface design techniques (such as paint-stamping fabric as shown above) with Jane Dávila’s Surface Design Essentials. See all of our surface design products at ExploreSurfaceDesign.com.

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  2. Posted March 22, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    So simple, but what a great idea! A friend and I have been playing with Paintstiks and I don’t know what to do with what I’ve made. This project is definitely a must do!

  3. Carole Hoffman
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I think it looks fabulous, Jane. What a great idea.

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