Burlap Table Runner DIY

My dining room table has recently received a little love in the form of a burlap table runner I made myself.   You see, I’m not incredibly formal, but the table needed a little something with the holidays coming around.

Table Runner Full View

So, I started perusing around the internet looking for ideas when I spotted this lovely hemp burlap table runner at Garnet Hill—loved it!  The bummer was that it was priced at $48–didn’t love it.

After looking at it closely, I decided that I could make my own version.  So, I headed off to my local fabric store (with my 40% off coupon) and purchased 3 1/2 yards of this burlap fabric for less than $10.

With another coupon, I purchased the stencil at my local craft store for $7.  Total cost for this project $17.  At that price, this table runner also makes a stylish and heartfelt hostess gift!

Here’s What I Used:
3 1/2 yards of burlap fabric
craft paint
styrofoam stencil pouncer
painter’s tape

I’ve found that a good rule of thumb for a table runner is to make it 1/3 the width of your table.  My dining room table dimensions are 42 x 100.  Because I wanted the overhang to be 12 inches on the ends and I needed a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the sides, my total measurement for the table runner was 15 x 124.


I decided to cut two pieces of fabric to that measurement so that the end product would have more heft and be less transparent.

To make the fringe, I pulled about six threads from either end on both lengths of fabric.

Using my Martha Stewart stencils, I created a pattern similar to that of the Garnet Hill table runner and carefully taped the stencil into place.

On just one of the lengths of fabric, I carefully dabbed the paint in place using a stencil pouncer.  To assure that the paint wouldn’t seep under the stencil, I pressed out any excess paint onto the tray before applying it.

Then, I repeated the process on the other end of the fabric.

After the paint dried, with right sides together, I sewed the two long sides of fabric together.  I left the fringed ends open.

Then, I turned the fabric right-side out and pressed the table runner flat.  To keep the burlap from burning, I placed a cotton napkin in between the burlap and the hot iron.

Iron Flat

And that’s it!

Place the runner on the table, accessorize with some fun gourds and wheat, and enjoy your festive fall table!

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