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    I use muslin most of the time. Can't see paying big bucks for fabric, which no one will see.

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    Went to a craft show last night where one lady was selling table runners with Christmas fabric on one side and Thanksgiving fabric on the other. They were flying off her table, everyone wanted them. Ran into a friend of mine who was so excited about the one she bought. Of course, I said to myself, "Oh I can do that myself" but only admired the one my friend had. No need to make more work for myself by letting everyone know I can sew!

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    That's not cheep. Your watching your $ and putting it to good use for you. I feel the same way about the back. As long as i is done right and neat who is going to see it. You make a table runner place it on the table add flowers/candles all looks pretty. If you have the material then make a different back and you have another runner.

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    I've done both. Using fabric for another holiday or season, saves on storage space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    If it is a holiday theme, I try to make it reversible with another holiday on the back. 2 for the price of 1
    That is what I have done, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    If it is a holiday theme, I try to make it reversible with another holiday on the back. 2 for the price of 1
    I've been making quite a few of them with backing for a near-holiday. Had a cute halloween one; flip side was fall leaves and when quilting I used 2 different threads - top & bobbin. Just changed place mats and can store all these together after Thanksgiving.

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    I try to do back with cooridnating fabric or contrasting fabrics. For special ones I use upholstgery velvet, prewashed. it is much easier to use then dress making velvet. I have also used other upholstery fabric with great success. I was gifted 3 partial rolls of upholstery fabric. I do craft shows & clidents are always impressed how my tablerunners are finished on back. As others have said makes them reversable.
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    It just depends on what strikes me! I am currently finishing one that is one of Eleanor Burns Dresden plates on the front. I used elegant fabrics and it looks beautiful and formal. For the back, I had some fabric that has cow angels and Christmas gifts on it. I got 2 looks and used up some fabric that I have no idea what I was thinking. It turned out veru cute and can be used on the kitchen bar or the formal dining room table. Too cute!

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    I bought several yards of Kona black so if the table topper has black in it, that's what I use. I also feel like it won't show the dirt as quickly as lighter fabric.

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    I've made hundreds of table runners as sell at craft fairs and to give as gifts - I like using either a coordinated fabric on the back, or if it's a Christmas or Fall/Thanksgiving table runner, I like to make the back another "holiday or season" so that the table runner can be used for more than just one holiday,giving it extra time to be used on the table, or if they just want a change. On wall hangings, muslin is certainly appropriate, as nobody sees the back of the wall hanging, so use muslin then and save the other fabric for items than can be seen on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    If it is a holiday theme, I try to make it reversible with another holiday on the back. 2 for the price of 1
    Me too. I have Christmas on the back of Thanksgiving, Halloween on the back of fall, patriotic reverses to Christmas (for another friend), and Valentines reverses to Easter. Next will be an everyday one with birthday theme fabric on the back.
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    If I'm making a holiday table runner, I always use a complimentary fabric on the back. I have lots of fabric that I purchased when I first started quilting and would not purchase now, so those fabrics make great backings for table runners. Holiday fabric always goes on sale just before the holiday or right after. That's when I buy most of my holiday fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoward View Post
    I use muslin most of the time. Can't see paying big bucks for fabric, which no one will see.
    I agree, unless I want to make it reversible.
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    I go with the same/coordinating fabrics or if its a specific say Christmas on front/winter on back so you get holiday or season. I use my table runners. They get dirty if you flip them, another few days before I need to wash them. I always gift with coordinating fabric on the back. I love reversable so I gift reversable. That said muslim is fine if that is what you prefer to use on yours. There is a saying. there is a rear for every chair. What works for one wont necessarily work for another so go with what is right for you. It will be just fine.
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    Here's an idea. Since so many of us have colored dish sets today, use fabric the color of your dishes for the backing and bring your backing over to the top for the binding - if the color doesn't clash with the design on the top. Then make napkins out of that same fabric.

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    Backing for Table Runner

    Carol......I use one of the fabrics from the front of the runner. And I actually cut it an inch larger on all sides to use as my binding. I can turn it and then top stitch it down and not have to cut separate pieces and then sew it on and turn an then sew it down by hand, The first way saves time. Hope this helps.

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    QUOTE=quiltlady1941;5659535]I was just wondering what everyone used for the backing on there table runners... I have to make a few for some gifts and didn't know if I should just use muslin or the christmas fabric from the front. What are your thought on this...
    Thanks Carol[/QUOTE]

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    we would love to see a photo Mimi, I bet it is cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    If it is a holiday theme, I try to make it reversible with another holiday on the back. 2 for the price of 1
    I also try to make it reversible. I have friends that make one side for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Can't remember if they used binding or just did the "pillowcase" method without binding. Where you just sew the fronts together and leave an opening and turn inside out and stitch the opening shut and then topstitch around the edge.
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    I usually use a printed fabric that closely matches the front...I lucked out in Lyndonville NY. I found 108 in. wide backing fabric for $5.99 a yard....I bought a lot of white and off-white just to have for those times I want a plain backing.....

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