Be My Valentine Table Runner

Valentine's Day Table Runner

Hi, I’m Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and all the pink, red, and sweets, I was inspired to create this easy table runner that would look great on a table, make a fantastic bed runner, or perhaps, use the appliquéd blocks individually to make a few quick pillows!

Runner with flower

This runner is made with fusible appliqué, but the templates will work with your favorite appliqué technique.

Materials to Make a Valentine Table Runner

How to Make the Be My Valentine Table Runner

Step 1 – Cut the fabric


  • (3) 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strip subcut into (19) 2 ½” x 4 ½” – pieced border rectangles
  • (2) 12 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips subcut into (5) 12 ½” x 12 ½” – background squares

Dark pink:

  • (3) 2 ½” x WOF strip subcut into (19) 2 ½” x 4 ½” – pieced border rectangles


  • (5) 2 ¼” x WOF binding strips

Step 2 – Prepare the appliqué shapes

Using the Be My Valentine templates, trace the appliqué shapes onto the paper side of the fusible; I like to use a fine tip marker and allow approximately ½” between the traced shapes. Label each traced shape with its number and fabric color.

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 2 Trace the applique shapes 1200

Cut the templates apart about ¼” away from the traced line and with fusible side down, fuse onto the wrong side of its corresponding fabric:

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 4 Fuse the traced shapes onto the wrong side of the fabric 1200 x 800

Heart #1: (2) dark pink, (2) light pink, (1) red

Heart #2: (2) dark pink, (3) white

Heart #3: (1) dark pink, (2) light pink

Cut the fused pieces on the traced line.

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 5 Cut applique shapes 1200 x 800

Fuse the shapes onto the center of the (5) 12 ½” x 12 ½” white background squares following the diagram below:

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 6 Fuse the appliques onto the backgrounds 1200 x 800

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 6 b Applique onto Backgrounds 1200

Step 3 – Stitch around each of the fused shapes

I sewed this project on a BERNINA 880 using the blanket stitch #1320 with a thread that matched each of the shapes and my favorite BERNINA Open embroidery foot #20D.

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 7 Stitch around the appliques

Step 4 – Sew the pieced-border

Make (2) side border units by alternating (2) dark pink and (2) white 2 ½” x 4 ½” pieced border rectangles. With the remaining dark pink and white 2 ½” x 4 ½” pieced border rectangles, sew (5) white/pink/white units and (5) pink/white/pink units.

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 8 Borders 1200

Sew the units onto top and bottom edges of the appliqued blocks as follows:

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 9 Sew Borders to appliqued backgrounds@4x

Step 5 – Assemble the runner

Sew the blocks and side borders into a row:

Be My Valentine Runner - Step 10 Asseble 1200

Step 6 – Finishing

One of my favorite things in any project is the quilting phase and absolute love the new BERNINA Adjustable Ruler foot #72 that allows the use of longarm rulers on the BERNINA domestic machines; I also used the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) for a bit of evenly spaced free-motion quilting.

Be My Valentine Runner - Step Quilting

Layer the backing, batting, and quilt top, and quilt as desired. Bind with the (5) 2 ¼” red binding strips. Here is a helpful tutorial on how to bind a quilt using double fold binding.

Laying the blocks vertically would also make a great wall hanging!

Be My Valentine Runner Vertical 1200 wide

I hope you have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

14 thoughts on “Be My Valentine Table Runner

  1. This is so perfect for my couch table! I was cleaning yesterday, noticed how I was needing a new spring colored runner, so perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Made a smaller version of this, only laid them out in two rows so it’s a big square, not a long rectangle. Now it’s hanging on my front door to greet everyone when they come in! What a great, festive project! Fast, fun, beautiful and did I mention, easy? Perfect for someone new to sewing/quilting. Thank you for sharing this pattern!

  3. I finally completed this over the long President’s Day weekend. I know, too late for Valentine’s Day this year. Made it into a vertical wall hanging and just love it! I added some very cute “Roly-Poly Birds” machine embroidery to add some drama and humor. And then spent forever, because I’m simply not very good at free-motion embroidery, doing pebbles over all the background color to make sure my hearts and embroidered birds would really pop. End result? Absolutely darling! So glad I saw this post as it was just fun all around! 🙂 Wish I could share a photo here of my final result.

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