I’ve always loved the look of French linens, especially ticking stripes and twill. For my new home I am using turquoise as an accent color throughout the main level and wanted to create a runner that would feature this color and the lovely look of linen.
1. Measure the length of your table. Add a few inches for hanging over the two ends if you like. My size was 72″. Purchase linen or Osnaburg in this length.
2. From your length cut 2 strips 2 1/4″ x 72″ and 1 strip 10″ x 72″
3. Determine a color for the accent strip. If you are using regular 44/45″ wide cotton quilting fabric you will need 4 strips 1 1/2″ each. Purchase 1/6 yard of this fabric. Sew two strips together end to end to create a strip as long as the length of your table (72″).
4. Sew a 2 1/4″ linen strip to a 1 1/2″ accent strip. Repeat for the other 2 1/4″ linen strip and accent strip.
5. Sew your runner together by placing the 10″ linen strip between the other two strips. Refer to photo.
6. Using a matching perle cotton and a utility stitch (about 1/4″ long) stitch on either side of your accent strip about 1/4″ inch away from the accent strip.
7. From your remaining linen cut a piece of backing the same size as your top. Layer the top and back with right sides together. Stitch around almost all of the sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance- leave a 3″ or 4″ opening for turning it right sides out.
8. Once turned right sides out, press the edges and blind-stitch the opening closed. Enjoy!
You could also add an embroidered image to the ends of each side or even monogram it with the initial of your last name!