I’ve seen blog posts and Pinterest pins where women have made some simple, functional and cute table runners or napkins. But inevitably these folks have sewing skills and, of course, a sewing machine. Well, I’m a little short on skills and I surely don’t own a machine. But I still wanted to try to make my own table runner…without sewing! I was able to do so with a childhood staple in our house…Stitch Witchery.
Stitch Witchery is also known as heat and bond. It’s a thick adhesive that allows you to bond fabric without sewing. My mother used it to hem our pants when they were too long, or to repair a hem that came undone.
Seriously, if you can use scissors and an iron you can use stitch witchery to make this DIY table runner. With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon, this is a quick and easy way to spruce up your dining area.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 yard of fabric (I used almost the whole yard-2 ½ feet)
- 4 ½ yards of ribbon (to coordinate with your fabric)
- Roll of Stitch Witchery or some similar product
- Tape Measure/Ruler
- Ironing Board or other flat surface
Step One: Prepare the Fabric and Ribbon
I went to the clearance fabric section at Joann’s and found a pink, green, and navy cherry print that made me think of summer. Not to mention it was 50% off of $3 per yard. I bought what they had left, which was about 3 yards.
If your fabric is not already cut, then cut it to size. I used almost a yard of fabric for the runner. I’m sure there is some measurement of how the runner should hang off the table, but I just eyeballed it. You could also have the representative at the store cut the fabric to your preferred size.
The fabric I purchased was wide, so I folded it in half and I was able to get enough to make two runners. The width was about 20 inches, which was really wide.
I bought ribbon by the yard. It wound up being cheaper than buying a spool, plus I had a coupon for 50% off. Once I got home, I cut the ribbon using the fabric length as a guide. I will say that I didn’t buy enough ribbon. So, I added an extra half yard to what you need. It’s better to have too much than not enough.
Step Two: Iron Ribbon onto Runner
Once you have the ribbon measured and cut, now it’s time to begin bonding. On my first attempt, I laid the Stitch Witchery on the ribbon, then flipped that onto the fabric. Well, after a few pieces, I realized it was easier to just lay the Stitch Witchery onto the fabric and place the ribbon on top. Duh!
Use the hot iron to seal the bond. I did small sections at a time, unrolling the Stitch Witchery as needed, until one whole side was done. I was not precise in my placement of the bonding element, such as ½ inch from the end of the fabric, nor in my ribbon placement.
So here’s where it got tricky. After I did both long sides of the runner, I moved to the ends. I should have done the short ends first, then the long sides, but I made do with what I had.
Because I had a bit of left over fabric I decided to make four napkins. I just used to Stitch Witchery to create a small hem. I cut the fabric so that each napkin was 12 inches square. Then I just laid the bonding on the fabric, folded fabric over, and the ironed on top. Do this for each side and you have coordinating napkins.
I set the table for my daughter and a friend’s daughter and they loved it.