Use your fabric stash to create a Christmas table runner

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Today is challenge 12 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges. I have to admit I am rather sad to reach the end. I’ve had great fun and learnt lots:) One enormous thank you to Jill for organising the challenges.

The final challenge – Take a look in your fabric stash and use something up to make some Christmas table decor.

Most of my fabric stash is former clothes – I had a little rummage through and was delighted to find some red trousers. Perfect for making a table runner:) At some point on pinterest I saw some denim mug mats with snowflakes made out of buttons. I have reinterpretted the idea for my red trouser table runner. I have made this runner quickly so it’s not lined (no one sees the reverse!). You may wish to add some wadding and lining.

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If you are looking to use old clothes before cutting think how you can gain the largest piece of flat fabric.

With the trousers I have cut up the inside seam and then across close to the pockets.

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Laying the fabric out the external seam is not quite straight. I altered this seam, marking so that I then had a flat seam which I stitched. Trim the flat fabric so it forms a rectangle (mine measures 19 by 29″)

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Once pressed finish the edges with bias binding. I stitch on the front, then wrapped over and stitched in the ditch. My corners are more curved than right angled, I’m sure you will be better at having neat corners!

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Using fabric paint paint on lines representing your snowflakes.

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Lastly choose and sew on buttons.

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What table decor could you make? Stuck for ideas? Why not visit All Free Sewing which is full of fabulous free tutorials:)

Do link up and join us, the link parties are open until Christmas so lots of time to join in:)

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4 Comments

  1. November 13, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Brilliant Vicky!! The trousers were a perfect find – and I love the idea of the snowflakes with fabric paint and buttons too! It’s so simple and looks fabulous!!
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  2. November 17, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Learn to make your own Christmas decoration to save money and to enhance your creative side. Brilliant idea!

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