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