Thanksgiving Table Runner

Last week was a tad busy, I’m sure for everyone with Halloween, the beginning of the month, and life in general. We celebrated my husband’s 46th birthday to add to it all.

Now that is all over, I’ve been working off and on, on a table runner for Thanksgiving. I wanted something different for a table runner and made it my own unique piece.

The last few years I have been obsessed with metallic colors around autumn and this year is no different. I am really loving the look of black and gold specifically. Every few years or so I get stuck on a certain color palette for a holiday or season and it stays with me for a few years. Up until last year, my colors of choice for the fall were rust and burgundy.

I started with a couple of yards of black burlap, a couple of yards of unbleached muslin, metallic paint, a gathered burlap trim, a thin crocheted lace trim, textile medium, and alphabet stencils.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

To make my table runner,  I cut my black burlap long enough to hang over the sides of my table and a bit wider than a normal table runner. If you want to know how to cut burlap check out my post here.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

To give the edges of the table runner a fringed look, I pulled extra threads out from each side of the burlap. I cut the muslin wider than my burlap because I wanted to fold it under and have it doubled, otherwise the burlap would show through.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

I ironed the shorter sides and stitched them down first.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

 

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Then I folded and ironed the long sides down. I waited to stitch down the long sides.

This would be very blasé if I left it with the plain muslin and black burlap so I swooped in with my metallic paints and added stripes to it.

I used three different metallic paints for the stripes, rose gold, bright brass, and rich espresso.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

To protect my table, I cut a piece of paper to keep under my fabric while I painted it. Then I taped off three stripes in varying widths.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

The rich espresso was four inches wide, the bright brass was two inches, and the rose gold was three inches wide.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before painting each color, I added the textile medium to the paint.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Once both sides of the muslin were dry, I stitched it onto the burlap, all four sides. I didn’t want lines and lines of stitching to show, so I “stitched in the ditch” of the other hem.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

The muslin was still plain after I had attached it. I remembered I had some leftover burlap ruffle and I decided it would finish off the ends of the table runner nicely.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

The ruffle needed a pop also and I ran to the store to find something that would help. I found a thin crocheted lace that worked perfectly.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

I stitched them both onto the runner and then felt like it needed a tie in towards the middle. The burlap and lace ruffle needed to be pulled into the center somehow for the cohesion of the entire runner. I added a piece of the crocheted lace above the stripes to bring it together. It was just enough to fix it. 🙂

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Getting back to my original plan, after adding extras, I used a stencil I had and added ‘give thanks’. I stenciled it onto both sides of the runner so each side of the table could read it. To make sure the words lined up correctly, I waited until the muslin was stitched onto the burlap to paint them on.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

I outlined the letters with pencil and went over them with the rich espresso metallic paint.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Thanksgiving Table Runner

I am loving these colors and how well my runner turned out. It was a pretty easy project, straight sewing, and a little painting.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Do you have any projects planned for Thanksgiving? I have at least one more I want to get done.

 

I will be linking up with these parties.

 

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

 

 

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  1. You’ve created such a beautiful table runner. When I saw your post at the LouLou Girls Fabulous Party, I immediately knew my wife would just love to see your post and project. She especially really likes the detailed instructions that accompany your photos, clearly explaining each step of the creation. And the outcome is truly lovely, especially with the words reminding everyone to give thanks. We love it!

  2. I love this! I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year (a last minute decision for my sanity) but this is so pretty it makes me want to. Visiting from #turnituptuesday.

  3. This is beautiful! It looks great with your pumpkins. I love the colors. I don’t do much for Thanksgiving since I will be out of state with relatives. I will have to check back to see what you are up to next:-)

  4. Your table runner is one heck of a project, very well done. Appreciate such excellent instructions on how to make. Looks really nice on your table. Any guests you have for Thanksgiving or any time will notice and enjoy your wonderful table runner, pretty also. Your table looks quite lovely.
    Enjoy rest of week and weekend

  5. The colors really are pretty together. Love how it turned out! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  6. I have the greatest of admiration and respect for those who excel in sewing and craft projects which you clearly do, Kileen 🙂 and what perfect timing for the words GIVE THANKS. Despite everything that is going on, we all have much to feel grateful and appreciative for. Have a good weekend with yours.

    I’m talking about legacy on the blog currently. What it means to me. How I want the world to remember me. That and my weekly Project Sister Act Link-Up is currently live, and will be up until next Thursday, and I would so love for you to come over and join in xoxo

    https://sheelagoh.com/2016/11/11/legacy-a-link-up/

  7. your Thanksgiving runner is beautiful. Love the colours you used. I must say I am loving those sweet pumpkins! Just visiting your lovely blog via Jann’s place.

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