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Thread: Giving ten minute table runners as Christmas gifts?

  1. #31
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    II have taken a single layer of material, folded the ends and fastened them down and put tassels on the ends and they have been received very well, as they are easy to wash, no lumps for glasses or candle holders to wobble on and look very pretty. I have also made a quilted table runner and use it on my table as well, Both look very nice. You can get three out of a yard's with if it is 45 inches wide and two if it is less. Use whatever length of material you want for your table runner. I do not like the long ones on my table, so usually make them shorter, a yard or a little longer. That is up to your taste as an individual or whomever you will be giving one too. A neighbor made these and took them to work and they sold like hotcakes because they were easy to laundry and iron. So whatever buzzs your bee on how you make them.

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    I have used cheap fleece as a batting and a very thin, ugly feeling batting before when making these and the recipients are very pleased. I do quilt shapes and/or words onto mine before giving them. Made several for a friend who was moving and both were flabbergasted that I had taken so much time to make them something. Not so much time minus the quilting time but who am I to burst their bubble. I will look for heavy duty Wallyworld Pellon the next time I am in there as I'm out of all other innards. I think they look better with some type of batting in the middle but that's my personal preference.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I also use flannel for my batting. I made 1 last year for a charity auction & it sold for $30. Not cheap.
    I think most people would love it & you don't have to tell them the name- LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    I'm working on place mats for a Christmas present.. and am using one layer of flannel as "batting". It's just enough to give it a better feel without being fluffy.
    Joyce T, RN retired
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  4. #34
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    on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota

    I also do 10 minute runners, but have a variation that jazzes em up a bit.

    I cut my center focal fabric 8 x WOF and then add a 1 1/2 inch x WOF coordinating border to each side of this center piece. Then sew on your back/outside border fabric as your normally do.....just adds a little extra to the runner and another 5 minutes.
    So you need 1/4 yd of focus fabric, 1/8 yd for the inside border, and the usual 1/2 yard for the back/outside border.

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    hose of us 'visual learners' here are a few patterns with directions so you can 'see' how to make them. The final embelishments are totally up to you, add buttons, applique, embroidery, and the list goes on and on & on & on. There is no limit to how you can 'dress' it up.




    HTH & have fun!
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    I think they would make wonderful Christmas gifts, and nobody has to know how little time it took you to make them. I was thinking of making a couple, as I have some jazzy Christmas fabric that I bought, but couldn't find the right pattern to make any quilt blocks from it. As one quilter recommended a firm, flexible interfacting, I think that would work great. I'm always looking for quick gifts that may take little time, but look great. Last year I made my DS and DDIL a very long runner using the heat resistant batting for them to use on their buffet, as their electric coffee pot was threatening to burn the top. I used the zig -zag pattern I found online and it looks great.

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    here is the video. after making my kids qillows made these and a matching bowl out of the left over material. challenge to myself is to use all scraps up to go with a project even got a couple of potholders. anyway they liked it and it added some color to there room. which was my goal since visiting and seeing the whole house was brown and biege.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC View Post
    My version of the 10-minute table runner. I agree that using the interfacing would give it a crisper look... wish I had thought of that idea!
    Ok, now I see what you mean. I made one of these a few weeks ago with Autumn fabric but didn't care for the end result - was used to something a little thicker with batting. My daugher, however, liked it so I gave it to her. I'll just make another with a different pattern.

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    I have made these for every holiday and they have been well received.

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    I have been doing these and rectangle scrappy ones, i love them and i know others will also, have fun and keep sewing on

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