DIY Table Runners
November 17, 2009
DIY Inspired

AS promised, we have a great DIY project for you inspired by Cara and Spencer's incredible tablescapes. I love, love, love the organic elegance behind the wedding day design and aside from perfect flowers, it's the table runners that give the tables texture and style.

DIY table runners

photo by Carrie Patterson

My mom’s a pretty amazing seamstress. She learned to sew in her teens, which means she’s been sewing for more than 40 years. In addition to sewing her own prom dresses, she made our Halloween costumes growing up, from princesses to cheerleaders to space women to ladybugs. Planning my wedding, she was a huge resource. And even though she has lots of sewing experience on her belt, she said that anyone with a sewing machine can make these super simple 14-foot long runners! Plus, you can customize your look and use any type of fabric/thread color combination!


One bolt of 54-inch wide burlap (you can use less, but 21 runners took the full bolt)

Teal Blue Thread


1. Cut fabric in lengths of 14 feet, two inches.

2. Cut in half lengthwise so that each strip is 27 inches wide

3. Turn the ends and sides under one inch and hem

4. Stitch with a zig zag stitch (my mom used the largest zig zag, about a quarter of an inch) on her machine and chose satin thread)

5. Iron flat