Hello Everyone! Jessee here, from an Art School Dropout's Life, to share an easy tutorial - for a Trivet/Table Runner Combo that will protect your table while also looking awesome! This project is perfect for those of us who hoard our fabric scraps as if they were gold nuggets.
How much fabric you need all depends on the size of the runner you want. Mine measures 12" x 39", and I used 40 different fabric scraps. The Trapezoid Die I used measures 2.5" x 4.5" unfinished, so any scrap should be slightly larger than that. I then used almost a half yard of Essex Linen for the middle section.
I started this project off by cutting out all of my blue fabric scraps using the basic Sizzix sandwich: cutting pad, with die facing up, then fabric and another cutting pad. I positioned the fabrics two at a time on the die, 20 of them with the right side facing up, and 20 with the right side facing down. By alternating the way I cut them, I was able to get the pointed look when they are assembled. For the center I made sure the weave of the fabric was running the same direction each time. This helps blend the seams later on, so you hardly see them.
After everything was cut out, I laid all of the pieces down on my table to see which fabrics looked best together. Once I was happy with the layout I took a photo to reference later.
The diagram above shows just how simple these pieces are to put together. Just match up pieces as shown, and place both pieces, right sides facing in such a way where the angled corners match up. They are perfectly cut for a 1/4" seam, as shown in the second row.
After you sew the two pieces together, open them up and iron the seam the way you like. I ironed mine with the seam open to help reduce bulk, but if you have a thinner fabric or just prefer to, iron the seam to the darkest side.
Once you have all of your two pieced blocks together, start assembling the rows like shown in the first row above. I prefer to assemble them all at once using a method called chain piecing, where you just continue to sew your blocks together without cutting the thread in between. This saves on time, thread and just your overall well being. After all the strips are assembled, then start sewing them together in sets of two using the chain piecing method again. Then start putting the sets of two together, and so on and so on.
After all the pieces are together and all the seams are ironed, you will have something resembling the diagram to the above right. As you can see though, you can customize this runner to be as short or long as you want. It all depends on how many rows you make.
You can sandwich the entire piece as you normally would when making a quilt, or you can go a bit further and add in a heat resistant layer to help it protect your table! I used a cotton batting sandwiched on top of InsulBright Insulated Lining. That is how this is a trivet and a table runner mixed! The extra layer also gives the entire piece a puffy, defined look. This extra layer does mean you should probably add an extra 1/4" to you binding to account for it.
I absolutely love the way this piece came out! I also feel like I could replicate this design in quilt form and make the little peaks look like houses! How cute would that be? As with most of the pieces I make, this would make a perfect gift. Especially a Thanksgiving hostess gift or a new home gift.
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out this post! If you happen to make a runner of your own, I'd love to see it!
~ Jessee M
Various Fabric Scraps measuring larger than 3"x5"
A half yard of neutral fabric for the center of the design
A half yard of fabric for the binding
InsulBright Insulated Lining