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Thread: Giving ten minute table runners as Christmas gifts?

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    Giving ten minute table runners as Christmas gifts?

    I just love making these. Great way to use my stash! But in regards to giving them as Christmas gifts, do they look "cheap" since there is no batting? I dressed up Halloween ones with buttons shaped like bats and spiders and my nieces and mom LOVED them. I have a lot of Christmas material and was thinking of making some ( well actually lots of them! lol) for Christmas gifts but I don't want to appear cheap. I am going to jazz them up with buttons and stuff. Just wondering what you all think!

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    I think anyone who enjoys seasonal decorations would appreciate having one.

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    I used a firm but flexible interfacing in mine. It gave it a crisp professional look. I bought it at Walmart, it was a Pellon product but I don't have the exact name. I went mostly by feel to what I wanted to use. Just the fabric sewn gives the topper a little too much homemade look and not the handmade look I wanted for gifts.
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    what do the ten-minute table runners look like?

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    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.

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    Here's mine!

    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!
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    If i want them nicer I use batting and lightly quilt. I just like the look better. great for a last minute gift. Receiver does not have to know how little time it took to make. Usually takes longer to find the right fabric combination.
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    You could use an ugly fabric in the center, too, as long as the colors don't show through the outside fabrics, or even a flannel for batting, to give it a more professional look.

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    I;ve made and given with out batting. My recieipents loved them. No bulk to have glasses or cups wobble on. Have seem my gifts being used

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    If you ant maybe you have someleftover blocks or strips and pc that cte pc. Its a 10 minute jump off starting point.
    why not applique on top too.
    have fun

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    i think i may try the flannel. i buy a lot of flannel on black friday -last year bought 8 yardsof white on top of all the other flannel i bought. will definitely give this a try.

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    Just be sure to prewash your flannel. Glad I did.

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    I like flannel as batting in runners, makes it easier to quilt the top. When I have no flannel I use heavier fabric (old curtains recycled) as backing, no batting needed. My 3rd option is thin polyester fleece which I buy as Chinese made blankets for about 2 $ apiece. I use these for batting in general.

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    I always use flannel for batting in table runners and placemats. Gives them some weight without being bulky.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    I used white felt and it worked fine and was inexpensive.

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    Sorry should have mentioned I quilted it after it was put together with a straight line quilting pattern.

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    I acyually did embroidery on long center fabric then added outer fabric turned out great everyone loved them

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    I think it's a lovely idea. I wish someone would put the effort in to make me a gift for Christmas! I am making placemats and bordered towels for Christmas gifts I just finished a pillowcase cover and I used iron-on Pellon, the result was great, it gave a nice substance to the piece, was easy to sew and not too stiff! Also, for some reason it seemed to make it easier to iron after it was assembled.

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    I think they would make great Christmas gifts!

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    The first time I saw one of these I was given it as a gift. I had no idea until she showed me how she had done it that it was so easy. I thought it looked great. I think fabric choice is key. I have the pattern now and plan to make some but haven't yet. I like the flannel idea so will use that when I start making them. I had gotten a huge amount of material from a lady on Craigs List and some was flannel in a pattern I am not crazy about so this would be a good place for it.

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    Where do we learn how to make these?????

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    I have made a couple for our Red Hat door prizes this month. I made them before with batting and was not pleased with them, but i like the idea of the pellon product. Wish I had known this before. People do seem to like them when I give them as gifts. The white felt is a good idea also. Next one I will try something in them.

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    There are several youtube videos how to make the runners.
    Got fabric?

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    There are several youtube videos how to make the runners.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts View Post
    I;ve made and given with out batting. My recieipents loved them. No bulk to have glasses or cups wobble on. Have seem my gifts being used
    That's exactly what I was thinking!! No glass wobble!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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