Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST
The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping. It’s time to put away the bright summer decor and replace it with cozy, fall-inspired pieces. This tutorial will show you how to create a rustic leaf table runner.
- Fabric for leaves: Choose 3 different pieces of material. A ½-metre of each piece will be enough to create all of your leaves.
- Fabric for runner base: The dimensions of the runner base will depend on the size of your table. My base is
- 48" long X 15" wide.
- Sewing Machine.
Step 1: Changing Leaves
Start this project by cutting leaves of various sizes out of your fabric. You’re cutting them at various sizes because in the steps to come you will start layering the leaves on top of one another.
Step 2: Runner Up
On a table or desk, lay out your runner base (already cut to the dimensions you’d like) and take the time to lay out your leaves in the design you’d like.
Be sure to layer them on top of one another as well. The amount of layers you use is up to you; most of my leaves are comprised of 3 layers. When you are happy with the placement of the leaves on the runner, pin them in place.
Step 3: Sew many leaves!
To attach the leaves to the runner, use your sewing machine. Sew a seam that starts at the base and goes up the centre of the top leaf. Repeat this step until all your leaves are attached. Iron your runner, and you’re done!
If you don’t have a sewing machine and the thought of hand-sewing all of the pieces seems like a daunting task, you could use a hot glue gun or no-sew hemming tape (a great adhesive product that only requires an iron!).