Twenty-Minute Table Runnercomments (1) December 13th, 2007
Have you ever had to come up with a gift on very short notice? It might be one of those situations in which you're working and the phone rings:
"Hi honey. I forgot to tell you that there's a get together at so-and-so's house tonight. Meet me there at 7:30, would you?"
Panic sets in. You know the rule. Never show up to a party without a hostess gift. But what to bring on such short notice? Wine is nice—but cliché and difficult to purchase for someone else. Flowers? Boring. How about a decorative item for the home? Bingo! Here’s a gift that is as lovely to look at as it is simple to make. These instructions are for a runner whose finished dimensions are 9 inches by 60 inches (without trim), but you can easily make it for a surface of any size by varying the dimensions of your rectangle. All you need is fabric in a festive color or pattern, trim, and thread.
First, cut a rectangle 10 inches wide by 61 inches long. I made mine from silk shantung, but you can use any firmly woven fabric such as silk, cotton, or home-dec fabric. Make a 1/2-nch narrow hem on each long side of the rectangle, as shown:
Topstitch along the edge. In this case, I used metallic gold thread in the needle, and thread to match my fabric in the bobbin.
On the short edges of your rectangle, fold under a scant ¼ inch. On the right side, baste fringe or trim to the edge with the ribbon flange even with the folded edge, as shown:
Fold under another 1/4 inch and press, so your trim looks like this:
Topstitch close to the edge; be careful to keep your fringe free. Trim all loose threads, press, and—ta-da!—a lovely hostess gift that takes longer to explain how to make than it does to actually make it!
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