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Dining Room Dress-Up - Table Runner file:///F|/Source/ELProjects/html/pr1291.html[8/26/2014 3:17:10 PM] Dining Room Dress-Up: Table Runner Table runners are a wonderful way to showcase your embroidery and dress up your home decor! Stitch an embroidered table runner to add seasonal style and holiday elegance to your dining room. These project instructions demonstrate how to size a runner to fit your table, and how to create an ornate hand-made braided trim. Supplies needed: **1 yard cotton muslin fabric (amount varies depending on size of runner) **1/4 yard cotton chamois **Cutaway stabilizer **Spray adhesive **Fabric glue **Masking tape **Air erase pen Designs Used: Celtic Knotwork Circle Celtic Knotwork Rectangle Celtic Knotwork Corner First, measure the table to find the total length of your table runner. If you have a square or rectangular table, measure the length across. If you have a circular table, measure the diameter. Each end of the runner will have nine inches of overhang on the ends of the table, so add 18 inches to your measurement. This is the total length of your runner. We made our runner 15 inches wide. This size accommodates the designs well. You can make the width of your runner as wide or narrow as you like--just keep in mind the size of the

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Dining Room Dress-Up:Table Runner

Table runners are a wonderfulway to showcase yourembroidery and dress up yourhome decor!

Stitch an embroidered tablerunner to add seasonal styleand holiday elegance to yourdining room.

These project instructionsdemonstrate how to size arunner to fit your table, and howto create an ornate hand-madebraided trim.

Supplies needed:**1 yard cotton muslin fabric (amount varies depending on size of runner)**1/4 yard cotton chamois**Cutaway stabilizer**Spray adhesive**Fabric glue**Masking tape**Air erase pen

Designs Used:Celtic Knotwork CircleCeltic Knotwork RectangleCeltic Knotwork Corner

First, measure the table to findthe total length of your tablerunner. If you have a squareor rectangular table, measurethe length across. If you havea circular table, measure thediameter. Each end of therunner will have nine inches ofoverhang on the ends of thetable, so add 18 inches toyour measurement. This is thetotal length of your runner.

We made our runner 15inches wide. This sizeaccommodates the designswell. You can make the widthof your runner as wide ornarrow as you like--just keepin mind the size of the

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designs that you areembroidering. Cut the muslinfabric to size.

Once the fabric has been cutto size, measure and mark thecenter point. To do thismeasure the width of therunner, divide thatmeasurement by two andmark that center down thelength of the fabric.

Connect those marks to makea line that extends down thelength of the fabric. This linewill be used to place theembroidery designs.

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Design placement is easierwhen using templates. If youhave embroidery software,print templates of the center,rectangle/border, and cornerdesigns.

If you don't have embroiderysoftware, then draw atemplate approximating thesize and shape of thedesigns.

If you've printed templatesfrom your embroiderysoftware, then the centerpoint and axis lines shouldbe marked. Poke a smallhole through the center pointand align it with the centerpoint on the fabric. Line upthe horizontal line on thetemplate with the horizontalline that you drew on thefabric. Then, mark thevertical axis on each side ofthe template.

Remove the template anddraw a line connecting thevertical axis lines. Theselines will be used forhooping.

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Next, put the circle templateback in place by aligning thecenter point and axis lines asyou did before. Tape thetemplate in place so it willnot shift around.

Add the rectangle/bordertemplate next to the circle.Align the horizontal axis lineon the template with thehorizontal line on the fabric.We left one inch of spacebetween the rectangle/borderand the circle.

Poke a hole through thecenter of the template andmark the center point. Markthe vertical axis points aswell. Tape the template inplace.

Add another rectangletemplate aligned exactly withthe first rectangle to create arepeating border. Align thesecond template with the first,connecting the edges andaligning the horizontal axislines. Tape in place. Mark thecenter and vertical axis points.

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Repeat this for as manydesigns as you'd like to add.

Next, add the corner designtemplate. Arrange it 3/4 of aninch from the end of the fabricand mark the placement,lining up the center point andaxis lines with the lines thatyou have marked on thefabric.

Repeat these steps forplacement on the other side ofthe table runner. When youhave made all of your marks,remove the paper templatesand connect all of the verticalaxis lines.

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The designs will beembroidered from the centerout, so we'll begin with thecircle first.

Spray a piece of cutawaystabilizer with adhesive andsmooth the fabric on top.Hoop the fabric and stabilizerby aligning the lines on thefabric with the marks on thehoop.

Attach the hoop to themachine, load the centercircle design. Move the hoopso the needle is right overthat center point, andembroider the design.

When the circle has finishedsewing, unhoop the fabric.The first rectangle design willembroider next. Spray anotherpiece of cutaway stabilizerwith adhesive as you didbefore, and hoop it with thefabric. Align the lines on thefabric with the marks on thehoop. You may find that theembroidery that you justcompleted is hooped -- andthat is okay, it won't distort thestitches.

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Attach the hoop to themachine, and load the design.Move the hoop so the needleis right over that center point,and embroider the design.

Repeat this for each rectangledesign. Re-hoop the fabricand...

...continue sewing therectangles.

When all the rectangle

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designs have finished sewing,unhoop the fabric and re-hoopfor the corner designs at theends of the runner.

Embroider the corner designsas you did the other designs.Repeat these steps andembroider the other end ofthe runner.

After all the designs havefinished sewing, flip the fabricover and carefully cut awaythe excess stabilizer.

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Next, cut the ends to a point.On the diagonal, measure oneinch from the end design.Mark two points on each side.

Mark the two points from thecenter line of the runner to theouter edge of the fabric onboth sides.

Cut along these lines to createthe point.

Next, cut a back for the

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runner from the muslin. Laythe top embroidered piece onthe fabric, and trace theshape.

Cut out the shape.

Lay the right side of theunderside fabric on top of theembroidered top piece. Pinthe pieces together, leavingone entire pointed end openfor turning.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam on bothlayers of the open end.

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Turn the runner right-side out.

Press the seams flat.

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Also, fold and press 1/4 inchseams on both layers of theopen end.

Line up the layers of the openend and secure with pins.

With a straight stitch, sew theopen end shut by sewing rightalong the edge.

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Top stitch around the entireedge of the runner by sewinga 1/4 inch seam.

Add a seam on both ends tohelp the runner fold neatlyover the edge of the table.Lay a ruler along the edge ofthe last rectangle and markthe edges of the runner.

Sew a seam from one edge tothe other following the marks.

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Lastly, finish the end seamsby adding braided trim. Cutthree 1 inch strips from thecotton chamois fabric.

Fold the strips into thirds, andpress them flat.

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Tape one end of each strip toa flat surface. Braid themtogether by alternating oneover the next.

Braid two pieces of trim sothey are as long as the widthof the runner. Use fabric glueto fold and glue the ends tothe braid closed.

Finally, glue the braids alongthe end seam on both ends ofthe runner.

And you have a one-of-a-kindtable runner sure to addcharm and beauty to any

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dining room!

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