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One Hour Version of the 10 Minute Table Runner

One Hour Version of the 10 Minute Table Runner

I call this my one hour version of the 10 minute table runner.

First, because I defy anyone to cut panels from two different fabrics, pin and sew those panels together, press the seams either open or to one side, turn right side out and press again; centering the narrower fabric over the wider fabric, pin and sew the ends, press that seam open, turn the end to form the point and then either sew that in place or sew on a button at each end to keep the point in place. And do it all in 10 minutes.

Even if you subtract the time it takes to cut the fabric… it would still take longer than 10 minutes. My version takes approximately one hour from the time I start sewing until the final pressing.

The second reason I call this my version is that most instructions for the 10-minute table runner say to cut the fabric panels width of fabric which results in a finished length of at most 42 inches depending on the width of fabric used. (52 inches if you can find 54-55 inch wide fabric in the print of your choice.)

My dining table is 60 inches without the leaf in place. With the leaf in place it is 72 inches. I like my table runners to at least cover the full length of the table but my preference is to have a bit hanging over on each end.

One solution would be to cut 2 panels of each fabric, sew them together and then cut them to the length wanted. But then you have the added steps of matching the print and sewing them together and then making sure those seams match when you sew the panels together.

What I do instead, is buy two lengths of coordinating fabric a bit longer than I want my table runner to be and then measure and cut the fabric panels down the length of the fabric. I buy a little more fabric than I need to allow for wonky cutting at the fabric store and for shrinkage when I pre-wash the fabric.

When I’m cutting, I cut one large panel and one small panel from each fabric. This way, I end up with two coordinating table runners but with the feature fabric reversed.

Click through for my most up-to-date and complete step-by-step One Hour Table Runner Tutorial.

Pictured below are the 2 one hour table runners (that’s one hour each) I made during October’s Friday Night Sew In.

Two red and green One Hour Table Runners with one being the reverse of the other

Close up photo of the 2 One Hour Table Runners showing how one is the reverse of the other

The 2 One Hour Table Runners are almost as pretty with the backs facing up.




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  • Barb
    October 22, 2011 5:50 pm

    Love how your table runners turned out…. it sounds like you had a very productive night 🙂 Barb.

  • Nancy D
    October 22, 2011 7:49 pm

    I can’t thread my machine in 10 minutes! LOL Your table runners are beautiful. I think I made gift bags from the fabric with the branches and berries last year. But to be honest, that last week before Christmas last year was such a blur I am surprised I didn’t sew my socks to something that I gave away…
    Very lovely work on a productive FNSI. And, you know, if you are ever in our neighbourhood, we will make space at the table for you! xo

  • Sandra :)
    October 22, 2011 6:58 pm

    I’ve seen tutorials here and there for that 10 minute tablerunner but I never did understand how on earth it could be done in 10 minutes. An hour sounds more accurate to me 🙂 Your runners are gorgeous – I love those fabrics!

  • Kerry
    October 22, 2011 9:44 pm

    Looks like a successful FNSI to me! Congrats on getting something accomplished!

  • Fiona
    October 22, 2011 10:38 pm

    Those are great….. and I totally agree… no ways can that be done in 10 minutes!!! Great to have 2 very pretty finishes…


  • Cherise Smith
    October 22, 2011 11:04 pm

    Your table runners are awesome! I love it when you can sit and finish a project at one time… and you did two! Can’t wait to see the tutorial! I’m your newest follower! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Jandi
    October 23, 2011 12:14 am

    Very cute! I love the fabrics! I can’t believe it is already time to pull out those Christmas projects. I better get a move on!

  • Snippets & Yarns
    October 23, 2011 12:52 am

    Nice work on your FNSI! Those runners are great – & I agree that they should be long enough to hang off the ends a bit.

    ~ meagan

  • Maria
    October 23, 2011 1:20 am

    Love them! What great idea for a quick Christmas gift.

  • Manda
    October 23, 2011 5:07 am

    Your tablerunners are lovely! I agree – no way I could do all that in 10 mins!

  • Cindy
    October 23, 2011 7:31 am

    I love making 10-minute table runners. Your’s turned out beautifully.

  • Sue
    October 23, 2011 8:43 am

    I love quilt blogging because you learn so many things from different quilters. I would have to agree that I could not do a table runner in 10 minutes. I like the way your explained your process and to get it done in one hour is quite great! I’m a little pokier than that!! 😀

    These are gorgeous table runners!!

  • hafza
    October 23, 2011 10:31 am

    Your table runner looks lovely!! What an achivement for FNSI…I don’t think I can sew such lovely items in ten minutes!!

  • Debbie
    October 23, 2011 10:52 am

    These are great! And I love your idea of making two at once. Very cool.

  • KellyS
    October 23, 2011 4:26 pm

    Great job on your table runners! I don’t know too many sewing projects that can be done in 10 minutes, let alone what this one sounds like.

  • Susanne
    October 23, 2011 6:16 pm

    Very pretty! The colors are perfect together.

  • Pam
    October 23, 2011 6:33 pm

    I always take longer than the specified time for projects. You had a very productive FNSI, finishing two beautiful table runners.

  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    October 23, 2011 6:47 pm

    I’ve seen those 10 minute table runners and I could never figure out what they were talking about. I love the fabrics you chose. I like to make two at a time also. I figure since I have everything out and following the directions I may as well make a couple of them. That way I can have an extra for a gift.

  • Kathy L
    October 23, 2011 9:21 pm

    Nicely done runners! That’s nice that you are going to write up the directions for your version. Thanks for your comments about my Halloween Scaredy Cat! I am doing the embroidery of the whiskers tonight!

  • Joan
    October 23, 2011 8:43 pm

    Wonderful table runners – I am looking forward to your tutorial

  • corina
    October 24, 2011 12:03 am

    It takes me 10 minutes just to clean off enough space on my cutting table to start cutting! Great results for your FNSI!

  • Teresa
    October 23, 2011 11:58 pm

    What a great finish! I don’t know who times the 10 minute projects, but it’s not with any clock I’m accustomed to lol. Projects turn out better anyway, when you ditch the clock and stitch at your own pace, right?

  • Jody Herbert
    October 24, 2011 1:21 am

    Those tablerunners looks great! A great FNSI!

  • Heather
    October 24, 2011 10:27 am

    They look great! And so fast, too. Sounds like it was a productive sew-in!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment. Much appreciated!! 🙂

  • Tanya C.
    October 24, 2011 10:46 am

    Your table runners are very pretty! I am looking forward to your tutorial.
    There is no way in the world I would be able to make 10-minute table runner..just getting the fabrics ready to be sewn would take me longer than that. I am a turtle when it comes to sewing. 🙂

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog.


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