How to Make a 15 Minute Table Runner

You really can make this table runner in just 15 minutes! Two coordinating fabrics + four straight lines of stitching + a good pressing = new table decor. Add a set of Betty’s Wine Glass Slippers and you have a great last-minute house-warming or shower gift.

DIY 15 Minute Table Runner

Supplies (for a 10-1/2″ x 41-1/2″ runner)

  • 9″-wide x desired length strip of fabric #1 (center)
  • 16″-wide x desired length strip of fabric #2 (borders)
  • Iron and pressing surface

Step 1) Sew the seams.

All seam allowances are 1/4″.

With right sides together, sew the long edges of fabric #1 and fabric #2 together to make a tube.


Fold the tube in half lengthwise, matching the seams. Press lightly to create guidelines through the center of each strip.

guideline creases

With the tube still folded, sew the ends closed, leaving a 3″ opening at one end for turning.

stitch ends

Step 2) Fold the runner.

Using the 3″-long opening, turn the tube right side out.

Fold the tube lengthwise, matching the long seams.

With fabric #1 (center strip) on the outside, tuck fabric #2 (borders and backing) inside, matching the corners of fabric #2 to the inside corners of the fold. This results in a long rectangle.

fold in half lengthwise

At one end of the runner, grasp the edges about 5″ from the corner. Pull away from the center, opening out the end to form a triangle. Repeat for the other end of the runner.

back of runner

With fabric #1 on top, match the lightly-creased center guidelines of fabric #1 and fabric #2. Fabric #2 will form borders along each side of the center strip.

Press, ironing out the guidelines, using steam if needed.

front of runner

Tip:  This runner is a wonderful canvas for topstitching, decorative stitches, embroidery and applique. Embellish the center panel, leaving 1/2″ on each side for the seam allowances, then construct as above.

DIY 15 Minute Table Runner

Tip: Would you prefer a narrower or wider runner? The instructions are for a 9″-wide center strip. I wanted to make different sizes based on fabric repeats, so I created this table.

cutting chart


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