Friday, October 11, 2013

Burlap and Lace

Have you seen the super cute burlap and lace table runner that has been making the rounds on Pinterest? I instantly fell in love with the idea of mixing rustic burlap and dainty lace. This table runner functions great for Fall festivities, but really could be used year round. I think this would make a super cute table runner for Thanksgiving, and if I end up hosting this year, it will definitely be on my table.

For this project you will need:

  • 1/2 yard of burlap
  • 2 1/2 yards lace
  • 1 package double fold bias tape
  • thread to match lace color 
  This table runner will measure 15" wide by 45" long.  To start out, you will fold your burlap in half, selvage to selvage. Make sure you have no folds or creases in your fabric and be careful as you cut because burlap tends to shift easily. After evening up the burlap on one side, measure over 15 inches and cut.  This is the table runner.

Once you have your 15" wide strip it is time to pin the lace along each side.  Make sure you overlap your lace (as pictured below) so you are sure to catch the edge of it when you sew. I started and ended my lace on half scallops.

Next you will pin on the double fold bias tape. Carefully pull out the pins you used on the lace and move them to the bias tape as you come to that point. When you come to the end of the table runner, fold your bias tape back 3/4", then pin it onto the table runner so the fold ends by the selvage of the burlap.

After you have everything pinned on, its time to sew! Make sure to adjust your machine to a 4.0 stitch length (this is a standard top stitch length).

Sew as closely to the edge as possible making sure to catch all layers, especially the underside of the bias tape.  Its okay to go slowly so you can make sure your top stitching looks nice.

Once you come to the end of the bias tape, put your needle position down, and rotate the table runner 90 degrees.  Continue stitching up the side of the lace and back stitching once and the very end. Clip threads. Repeat on all four corners.

 That's it!  You are done!  If you want to tack down the inside of the lace you can continue stitching along the edge of your lace, or you can use a fabric glue like Aleene's Fabric Fusion to tack down the edge of the lace.  Press your table runner and then decide which way you want to put it on your table...

I still can't decide.  And yes, I pressed it, burlap just wrinkles very easily:).

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