December 27, 2010

ruffled {table} runner

I feel like I'm back from the dead now sitting at my computer. I spent the good part of Christmas night and all of Sunday in bed trying to recover from some sort of flu/food poisoning. It was not choice. The abdominal cramping  got so bad I thought I was contracting for real. What do I know, I've never popped a baby out before. TMI? Probably. It did help my husband and I realize that we are officially not prepared for this baby to come so on the to do list today is putting the hospital bag together and making the flannel receiving blankets to take her home in. Yeesh. Ok, since I know you didn't come for my personal life, I'll get back to crafting.
I finally got to work on the runner for the nightstand in the nursery before Christmas. It was pretty simple to put together and free since I had all the material on hand. I started with a piece of material that runs through the nursery. It was about 12" wide and I'm not sure how long.
I sewed a basting stitch to both sides and gathered them in. Make sure you don't back stitch so that the bobbin thread can be pulled through.
I laid it out so that the piece was how I wanted it to look.
I then took some gray suede that was leftover from this project and cut some strips about 2" wide and about twice as long as the ruffled center piece. I sewed a basting stitch down one side and gathered. Then I laid it out on top of the center pieces and pinned right sides together.
Then just sew over the basting line, removing pins as you go.
When that was finished I flipped it over so that right sides were up. I made sure the seam was flat in the back and did a quick seam over the top so it would lay flat. You could also iron at this point if you don't want the seam on top, but I like the look of the stitch. Plus I don't have that great of a track record with hot pointy metal objects so I avoid them when I can.
Do the same on the other side and your done! Put it wherever you want it to be. Of course.
Pretty simple project and super fast. I didn't finish the other side of the suede as you can tell, I tend to like the look of unfinished suede. Or I'm just lazy. Let me know what you think! Comments (and followers) are most welcome! Have a great Monday!

Linking to these parties this week.


Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Very cute!!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That came out very cute. Love the fabrics you used. I spent Sat. gathing fabric to use on towels. Gotta get those pics posted too, LOL.

Casey said...

I think it's very adorable! I definitely want to make one of these

Mariel@ said...

This is darling! I think i am going to make myself one for the mini bookcase i have here, Oh it will be very perfect!

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maleahbliss said...

This is super cute! I. Love. Ruffles!

I'd love for you to link this project up to my new linky party!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Cute!! I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this Friday!

Sarah (Sew Very Happy) said...

What a lovely idea. I think I'll have to make some for the dressers in my room... Thanks for sharing!

(PS, I'm over from the linky party at Little Eme)

maleahbliss said...

Thanks so much for linking up!! I'll say again that I really think this is a supper cute table runner. Also, I LOVE that lamp pictured with it. Did you add the flowers?

I hope you'll link up again next week!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is so sweet! And I love the fabric that you chose.

Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I hope to see you next week!

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! I love those muted colors! Fabulous job! Thank you for sharing your tutorial!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday through Sunday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

Christine said...

I love the runner, its so cute!

Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday said...

Beautiful! The ruffle adds so much! Thanks for sharing at the catwalk. Featuring this today!

Megan Gunyan said...

Well, I think it's perfect! I love it. It's whimsical and classic. Great combo. I'm loving the lampshade as well! Great to see you at the party! Thanks for joining!

I'm hosting an "our nest" sign giveaway! Hope you can join!

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