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DIY Burlap and Lace Table Runner

Create your very own table runner for your fall wedding with this creative DIY burlap and lace table runner idea.

This DIY burlap and lace table runner will bring a rustic and romantic touch to your fall wedding. The feminine lace trim border pairs well with the natural textured burlap, and it can be used on round or rectangle tables.

To efficiently make enough for your entire reception, create them all at one time like an assembly line – doing all of your cutting at once, then all of the pinning, and then all of the sewing, etc. Here’s how to get this classy look for your fall wedding:

  • Burlap
  • White lace trim
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle

Step 1: Spread out a piece of burlap. Use scissors to cut a piece in the size you would like your runner to be, according to your table size. Keep in mind the thickness of the lace trim that will be added to each side. I made mine to fit a 6-foot table with 3-inch lace trim on each side, so I cut the burlap to 10 inches x 48 inches.

Step 2: Use an iron on low heat to smooth out any creases or wrinkles. Then, lay the lace trim along all sides and pin together every few inches. The lace should sit right on top of the burlap edges. The pieces that extend down the length of the runner should be cut longer than the burlap so that you can have them overlap the end pieces of lace as well.

Step 3: Begin sewing the burlap and lace pieces together. Use white thread so that you can sew right on top without the seams being noticeable. When you get to the ends where two pieces of lace overlap, it may be easier to hand-sew those pieces together with a needle.

Step 4: Cut off any remaining threads and iron again, if necessary. This natural, romantic table runner would look great on rustic wooden tables, or paired with a natural table linen, like this oatmeal colored canvas cloth.

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