Retro Blooms Table Runner
- Retro or vintage-looking fabric rectangles: one 36”x12” (backing), six 12”x4-1/2” strips; one 12”x12” square (center block)
- Retro or bold print fabrics, 8”x10” (for flower petals)
- Soft batting, 36”x12” rectangle
- The Warm Company Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite: five sheet 9”x12” Pack
- Embroidery needle and floss
- Button thread
scissors, ruler or measuring tape, iron
- Sewing machine
- Prym-Dritz Cover Button Kit, 3/4”
- Beacon Fabri-Tac Glue
- Disappearing fabric marker
- 1. Use 1/4” seam allowance throughout.
- Table Runner
- 1. With right sides facing, machine stitch three 4-1/2” strips to each side of center 12” square. Press seams open. Pin batting to wrong side of patchwork fabric. Machine stitch in ditch (pressed seams) at each seam. Using long basting stitch, sew around perimeter of runner. Trim batting even with fabric.
- 2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply fusible webbing to wrong side of each 8”x10” scrap. With wrong sides facing, fold fabric in half; press with iron, creating double-sided piece of fabric.
- 3. Print out full-size pattern. Trace petal pattern onto fabric using fabric marker. Cut on traced line with scissors. Refer to pattern and embroider lines on petals with three strands of embroidery floss and straight stitches.
- 4. To create yo-yo center, trace and cut flower center from fabric using pattern. Gather 1/8” from edge and pull tight, creating gathered circle. Knot off. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create covered button and glue on center of yo-yo.
- 5. Center flower petals on 12” center block. Glue in place using Fabri-Tac. Glue yo-yo and button on center of petals. (Note: The petals can also be hand-stitched to runner.)
- 6. Layer fabrics with right sides facing. Machine stitch around patchwork side of runner, leaving 3” opening to turn right side out. Trim seams and corners. Turn right side out; press well with iron.
- 7. Topstitch 1/4” from edge of runner. Slip stitch opening closed using needle and button thread.
by Rebekah Meier