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Today’s tutorial will get you singing a holiday tune in no time! Check it out below!
Hi Everyone! I’m Christen from Love By Hand, and I’m so excited to be here today as part of the Holiday Hostess series to share a fun project that is sure to bring lots of good cheer to your upcoming Christmas celebrations!
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year to sew for and I just LOVE Christmas fabric. This adorable Christmas tree table runner is scrap friendly and the fabric combinations are endless – and what’s better is that you can sew it up in the morning and have a new table runner to adorn your holiday table before dinner!
Christmas Table Runner Tutorial
Fun & Festive Christmas Tree Table Runner
4, 10 1/4″ wide x 8 1/2″ fabric squares for large trees & background
3, 2″ x 3 1/2″ fabric pieces for large tree trunks
6, 4″ x 3 1/2″ fabric pieces for background (pieces next to tree trunk)
2, 8 1/2″ wide x 7″ high fabric squares for small trees
2, 1 1/2″ x 3″ fabric pieces for small tree trunks
4, 3 1/4″ x 3″ fabric pieces for background (pieces next to tree trunk)
Small Tree Sashing
4, 9″ x 1 1/2″ strips
2, 9″ x 2 1/2″ strips
Fabric for Binding and Backing
60 degree ruler
Making the Tree Blocks
Place two of your 10 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ fabric squares face up on your cutting mat, making sure directional fabric is the correct way. Take your 60 degree ruler and place it on the center of your fabric.
Cut along both sides of your ruler as shown.
Arrange your fabrics to place the correct tree with the opposite background fabric.
Once your fabrics are arranged correctly, place one of your background pieces right sides together on the left side of your triangle making sure to overlap it on the TOP point by 1/4″ – this will leave a space at the bottom which is perfectly OK. Sew down the entire length.
Once side one is complete, press open and repeat for the right side. Make sure to overlap the top point by 1/4″.
Once the second side is sewn in place, press open flat.
To finish the tree top, you’ll cut off the bottom part of the tree top as shown right below the points of the background fabric (approx. 1/2″).
Next, make the bottom part of the block with the trunk. Grab 2 of your 4″ x 3 1/2″ background squares, along with your 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece for the trunk and sew together.
To finish the block, just sew the trunk piece and the tree top piece together.
Repeat the above process for your remaining large trees and small trees. The large tree block finishes to 11″ x 9″ and the small block finishes to 9″ x 7″.
**One thing to note is that 2 pieces of fabric for the tree top and background will yield 2 tree tops just like when sewing HSTs. I’ve shared the amount of supplies to finish the table runner as shown with 3 large trees and 2 small trees. But, you can totally make the project your own by making all large trees or all small trees or even a whole quilt! Have fun with it!
Putting the Table Runner Together
To make the table runner as shown, add sashing strips to your small trees. Add the 9″ x 1 1/2″ strips to each side of the small tree block first, then add the 9″ x 2 1/2″ strips to the top. Repeat for your other small tree block.
Then, take all of your blocks and arrange them as shown, alternating a large tree block with a small tree block. Sew all of the blocks together, quilt as desired and bind to finish!
The table runner finishes to approximately 42″ long x 11″ wide. Of course, if you need something larger, just add more blocks, and if you need it wider, just add borders.
I quilted my runner with straight line quilting in lime green thread on an angle to mimic the angle of the trees.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for a fun and festive Christmas Tree table runner – a quick and fast project to get you in the holiday spirit!
Thanks Christen for sharing your holiday spirit and tutorial with us! I love your project!
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