DIY No Sew Table Runner

March 06, 2014
My Mother could sew a fine seam, I cannot. 

I get all boggled down with the idea of measuring and then, when that happens I become 

intimated by a sewing machine, actually even a needle and thread.

But, as we know necessity is the Mother of Invention and when a grand baby needs a 

table runner for a party, her Grammy is going to come through.

That is how this DIY no sew table Runner came about.

I made a table runner for  Molly's Birthday Party and then I made one for me.


How Long Does It Take to Make a No-Sew Table runner

In just a few simple steps and with these supplies you can have your

own no sew table runner in a matter of 30 minutes.


When Rebecca called and asked if I would make a couple of table runners for 

Molly's Minnie Mouse Birthday party, I said of course. 

However, my sewing machine has been tucked away since Christmas.

( I am more of a gardener than a stitchy sort of person.)

So, I said to myself- hum...

then I remembered that years and years ago I used some

stuff you iron on to fabric to make it stick together.

Finally the light went off, fusible adhesive.


If you have never worked with fusible adhesive

you might want to give it a try.  

You just need a hot iron and fabric and you are in business, all sorts of crafts,

appliques, lettering and simple mending can be done.

Just remember to place the bumpy side down

of the adhesive on the " wrong," side of the fabric.

You will need these supplies~


Instructions For DIY No-Sew Table Runner

  • Using sewing scissors cut fabric in desired length and width.
  • I cut my fabric 17" x 71 " to allow for 1/2 inch seams on each side and length.
  • Place cut fabric on ironing board and fold seam over 1/2 inch and iron.
  • Place fusible bonding between seam and fabric and iron.
  • Hold iron in place along the seam for a few second until bonding is secure.

My table runner is 16" x 70", to determine this I measured my table and then 

took into account the seam allowance. 


Fusible Tip

Fusible adhesive has paper on one side and adhesive on the other

make sure you never iron on the adhesive side or it will mess up your iron.  


I have my eye on some adorable fabric for Easter, and I just can't wait to get started!

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  1. Very cute and clever Jemma....had to laugh at your comment about being more of a gardener than a stitchy person! I just decorated for St Pat's so haven't thought too much about spring projects yet.
    Love ya,

  2. This is a great idea for a Spring project. The heat bond probably makes the edges lay down flatter that a stitched one would. I'd like to try this! I'm making bunnies and kitties.....and perhaps a lamb today! haha! Sweet hugs!

  3. Cute idea and the words "no sew" always appeal to me!

  4. I just love the Minnie Mouse pattern!!!!!!!!! And I remember that tape too - you could hem with it too. I will have to get some. You post is so beautiful!

  5. So fun and pretty Jemma! I have a sewing machine but, like yours, it's tucked away and it seems getting it out can be a chore. This is a great idea!

  6. I love the pink polka dot table runner, Jemma. There's just something about polka dots that makes me smile every time. My mom used to sew all the time, and I always thought it was such a talent of hers. This no sew project is just right for me. Such a lovely color of pink.

    I am more of a gardener than a stich person too. :~)


  7. It looks beautiful. This is such a great idea. I will definitely keep it in mind for my next party.

  8. Happy Pink Saturday! But I love the second runner colors and design! And the centerpiece. It all looks quite nice!
    I have ironed the wrong part of the fusible stuff. A big no-no!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. I LOVE my table runners you made us (:

  10. I'm not much of a project kind of girl, but that's sure a 'make ya feel happy' looking table runner! xox

  11. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  12. Thank you so much for linking up to my Say G'day Saturday post. I'm so thrilled you joined in and shared this fabulous tutorial.

    Hope you can join in with this week's party which has just started!

    Take care and best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz


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