This year I’ve decided to really go all out in terms of Christmas decorating. It truly is my favorite time of year and I love finding (and buying) things that I can use year after year. And now that I have officially tapped into my crafty side I thought it would be really fun to make a lot of my decorations this year.
I found this really cute centerpiece idea from Tatertots and Jello and knew I wanted to duplicate it. But first, I needed a really cute table runner to go with it. Since our Christmas tree color scheme is different shades of blue, white, and grey, I wanted something to match. But I also wanted to incorporate a little bit of gold into this years color scheme as well.
So, I went to Joann Fabrics and picked up a beautiful blue damask fabric and headed off to Michaels to grab the wooden sleigh and reindeer.
To make the table runner I used:
-3 yards of damask fabric
-3 yards of batting or flannel (I used flannel)
ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/4 UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
(sorry for the lack of pictures during the sewing process. The lighting was horrible as it was a very cloudy/rainy day)
To start out, I cut my fabric and flannel 15 x 75 inches. I got these measurements from Targets table runners (although I made mine a little wider and longer).
I then put the right sides of the fabric together, laid the flannel on top of one of the pieces, and pinned all three layers together.
Then I sewed down both sides of the fabric and made a very nice long tube. I sewed one end and then sewed the other, leaving a six inch gap in the middle so I could pull the fabric through until it was right side out.
Next, I pressed my seams with the iron.
Then, I top stitched my runner to give it a finished look and to close the 6 inch gap!
The table runner brings a bit of color to the table and accents everything very nicely. I love the color scheme and like that the fabric isn’t too “Christmasy” so I could use it year round if I wanted. I also really love the gold reindeer (which go with that hideous apartment chandelier) and sleigh that sit on top of it! (check back next week for a tutorial and up-close look at the sleigh!)
Do you decorate your dinning room table for Christmas? What’s your favorite Christmas decoration?