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5 Year Anniversary! (Part 1) Table Runner Tutorial

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Hub-Hub and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary! It was awesome! Despite the fact that it is our first big milestone anniversary, we decided to keep it pretty low-key so that we can continue to save up for a trip to Hawaii this winter.  Of course, that didn’t mean I didn’t want to find a few fun ways to still celebrate our big day.

I had been taking a break from sewing for the last little while so I could get accustomed to my new job.  I am happy to be back in the habit of sewing and crafting a little each day.  In honor of our 5 year anniversary, I thought it was high time I finished the table runner I have been working on for a few years.  🙂

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To make the table runner I used a home decor fabric remnant my mom had given me.  Sometimes I let the fabric be my muse. This particular fabric showed me exactly what it wanted to be made into, but then I couldn’t stop!    I made 4 of these table runners in total – all different – for various friends and family members.  THEN I went and purchased some burlap and started making even more of them! Check out my etsy shop for all of the different varieties!  I am having a blast with burlap!

If you are crafty too and think “Hey I could make that!” – here is a tutorial.  If you do decide to make your own instead of purchasing, please remember that this table runner is my design.  This pattern is to be used for personal use and not for selling or merchandising.  Thanks!

Anniversary Table Runner Tutorial

For this table runner you will need:

  • fabric or burlap remnant – at least 12 inches wide by WOF
  • felt in your choice of color(s)
  • various sizes/styles of letter stencils/templates
  • water soluble fabric marker
  • fabric scissors
  • tape measure
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • thread to match the felt color(s)
  • white or tan bobbin to match background


  1. Cut your fabric to be 12inches by the width of the fabric (43-48 inches)
  2. Use a loose zig-zag stitch to sew all the way around your fabric.  This will keep the edges from fraying while you are sewing on the letters.  It can fray a little bit – you will sew in the edges again at the end
  3. Decide what names/words you will be using
  4. Pull all the letters you need from the stencils and lay them out on your felt11868583_10207305182725992_1434204167_n
  5. Trace around the letters using a water soluble fabric marker
  6. Cut out each letter
  7. Lay the letters out on the fabric
  8. Rearrange until you are happy with the results.  It may not hurt to use your measuring tape to evenly space everything out
  9. When you are happy with the layout – pin all of the letters down.  It is a good idea to use more than one pin per letter to keep everything stationary while you are sewing11843990_10207305183926022_46320155_n
  10. Edge stitch around each of the letters.  It is helpful to roll each side of the runner up while you are working to keep everything easy to maneuver.
  11. If you use multiple colors you will need to switch top-thread colors in between words.  Sew all of the words of one color and then alternate to the next color
  12. When you have sewn on all the letters use a narrow zig-zag to sew around the edges one more time.  This will prevent any future fraying.
  13. Admire your beautiful handiwork! Great job!


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~Elise and Emerald

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One thought on “5 Year Anniversary! (Part 1) Table Runner Tutorial

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