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How to Make No-Sew Table Runner

When I set a party table, I always love the little bit of contrast and vibrancy a table runner brings to the overall feel.

Where the tablecloth is a nice basic dress, the table runner is the statement necklace or accessory that makes the whole outfit pop.

If you go to a department store to find a pretty runner, you will often find that your choices are quite limited. But if you go to the fabric store, you will find your options are limitless! Even if you have no idea how to thread a needle. No-sew table runners literally take minutes to make, and make it so you can create a perfectly coordinated tablescape.



  • 3/4 inch wide iron-on adhesive hem tape
  • 2 yards x 24 inch wide strip of fabric
  • Iron


Making this no-sew runner really couldn’t be easier! Lay your fabric across the ironing board right side down (that's the side with the print on it.) Turn on your iron and get ready to be crafty! Unroll the adhesive hem tape along the length of the fabric, about 1 inch from the edge.



Fold the fabric over an inch, covering the hem tape, and iron per the instructions on the package until set. Repeat on the other three sides, and your table runner is complete in virtually minutes!



When I make these runners, I unroll the tape a little at a time, and fold the fabric over and iron it down as I make my way down the length. I also make sure that I’m folding over the exact same amount of fabric all the way down so I have a nice even looking runner when I’m done. It’s also best to do the two long sides first, then the short ends to finish.


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