While I was at an antique store last week, I picked up a roll of burlap that was 20 inches wide. It cost all of $15.00. And it was a big roll. Not too shabby!
My kitchen table has been around for a while. I still love it, but it would be lovely if the top was refinished. Since I don’t quite have the nerve to do that yet, a burlap table runner seemed like a pretty way to cover it up.
This is a simple project. You can make it as complicated as you want, depending what design or element you want to add to it. I chose to make flowers with cording because… I don’t know why. Just popped into my head.
This runner was 20 inch wide when I purchased it. I cut it to 18 inches wide.
The edge was straight stitched about 3/4 inch from each side. The stitch allows the runner to fray, but with control. I didn’t want it to fray to pieces. I did go back with clear thread and zigzagged around the entire runner for extra fraying security. My advice is to use the zigzag right from the beginning.
Pull the loose burlap threads to fray the edges.
To make the flower petals, I used Bonnie Craft Cord 4mm. (I picked it up at Hobby Lobby) Cut the cord to the size you want the petal, make a loop, then stitch the ends together, sewing back and forth several times. Use a zigzag stitch to sew the cord to the burlap.
I found it easier to pin and sew each petal one at a time. At first I pinned all five petals to the burlap, but the pins and the cord got in the way when I was trying to turn the fabric while sewing the petal loops.
Buttons in two sizes were sewn on, by hand, to make the center of the flower.
Two flower finished.
Very easy project! And fun too, I must say. Now I need more tables to cover!
My plan is to add a couple more flowers to the runner, but for the moment this is how it looks.
Whatcha think? Going to make one?
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