Owl Table Runner

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 30"x10-1/2"

  • Owl Table Runner
  • A FIG 1.tif


  • Cotton homespun fabrics: brown, orange, and gold strips, 2-1/2”-wide, 16; red, 2-1/2”x2-1/2”; coordinating (backing), 3/8 yd.
  • Natural homespun solid fabric, 1/4 yd.
  • Wool felt: gold, tea-dyed white
  • Off-white buttons, 9/16”, four
  • Black perle cotton, #12
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting


  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Needles: embroidery, sewing

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, straight pins

Pattern - Owl Table Runner

  • Note
  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Use one strand of perle cotton for all embroidery.
  • Table Runner
  • 1. From 2-1/2"-wide strips, cut six 10-1/2" long, eight 6-1/2" long, and two 2-1/2" squares. Cut two 6-1/2" squares from solid homespun fabric.
  • 2. To assemble end blocks, sew 6-1/2" strips to top and bottom of solid squares. Refer to Fig. 1 to sew 10-1/2" strips to sides of solid squares. (Note: Dotted line indicates separation between end and center blocks.)

    Fig. 1
  • 3. For center block, sew 2-1/2" squares to sides of red square. Sew 6-1/2" strips to top and bottom of block to make 6-1/2" square. Sew 6-1/2" strips to sides of block. Sew 10-1/2" strips to top and bottom of center block (Fig. 1).

    Fig. 1
  • 4. Print and cut out pattern. Cut two owl body shapes along dashed lines from tea-dyed white felt. Cut two beak and two leg shapes from gold felt, cutting top of legs along dotted lines.
  • 5. Pin owl shapes to solid squares following pattern. (Note: Bottom of feet should be even with bottom edge of squares.) Blanket stitch around edge of bodies and wings, around beaks, and over legs. Feather stitch along horizontal lines on body. Use perle cotton to sew buttons to eye dots on pattern. Blanket stitch around buttons with loops pointing outward.
  • 6. Cut rectangles from batting and backing fabric to same size as runner. Baste batting to wrong side of pieced runner. Sew runner back to front 1/4" from edges, leaving 5" opening on one side for turning. Trim seam at corners. Turn right side out through opening. Hand-sew opening closed.
  • Tip
  • 1. Tea-dye felt on the stovetop by placing felt into a boiling pot of water and adding two tea bags. Steep for about 10-15 minutes, remove felt and squeeze into a ball to remove excess water, and then position flat to air dry.