Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fallen Leaves Table Runner tutorial –more burlap!


I have another quick and easy burlap project for you – and this one is even easier than the last one
This is my “Fallen Leaves” table runner:

"Fallen Leaves" table runner tutorial

I began by cutting a 12” by 40” piece of burlap.  I chose 12” because that is slightly thinner than the width of my bookcase.  You can choose whatever size you want – a square one would be great! 
I also cut two 14” pieces of jumbo yellow ric rac.

Then I drew some simple leaf shapes onto a piece of paper.  I found that I liked the leaves that were 3.5”, 4” and 4.5” long.  I placed my Heat n’ Bond lite over my leaf drawing and traced several of each size onto the paper side of the fusible web.  

I ended up with 17 leaves total.

I cut out around each leaf (not right on the line, I left about 1/4”) and pressed each one onto a piece of fall colored fabric (I used the scraps from this Thanksgiving banner).  I then cut out each leaf (right on the drawn line) and removed the paper backing.

I spread out the burlap, placed the ric rac and scattered the leaves around until I liked the way it looked. 

 "Fallen Leaves" table runner tutorial

I pinned each one in place just to hold it there while I moved it all over to the ironing board.

applique leaves

Then I ironed all of the leaves in place.  This burlap had kind of an open weave and I was concerned about the adhesive from the leaves getting through to the ironing board, so I put a piece of paper beneath the burlap.  No problems whatsoever. 

applique leaves

Then came the fun part!  I used my free motion quilting foot and using a brown thread I quilted around each leaf 4 or 5 times.  I allowed the lines to be a little messy to give the “scribbled” look.  It was so much less stressful than trying to get a nice, exact line around each curved edge of all 17 leaves.  What a headache that would have been.  And it would have taken me twice as long.  This was FUN!


"Fallen Leaves" Table Runner tutorial


"Fallen Leaves" Table Runner tutorial

The last step was to stitch on the ric rac.  Here is the finished table runner- already at home on the top of my bookcase!

"Fallen Leaves" Table Runner tutorial

If you make one, I’d love to see it! 


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5 comments:

  1. Love the effect of the burlap. Nice choice. :)

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  2. I love your burlap creations!

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  3. I found you on favequilts.com. I love this, I'm pinning it and I definitely will make it. I've been looking for a something different for a fall runner or table topper that's quick to make and this is it. Thanks so much for sharing! Nancy P.S. Love your blog and now I'm a follower. xxx

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