Well I told you a few days back when I had to explain my orange picture issue that I had a tutorial coming to make a Halloween Table Runner! Well here it is!
To be honest, I am using the term “runner” loosely. I, in fact, have a runner in my house. He is 15 months old and sits about 2 inches shy of eye level to any table top we have. Which means that anything hanging over or off a table gets pulled down. So mine is sort of like a “Table Placemat”! You can make yours a true runner, and not the 15 month old type! :)
- Cheap fabric for backing
- Matching Thread (to Burlap)
- Contact Paper
- Exacto Knife
- Spray Paint
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
I started off by figuring out what size I want my runner to be and then cutting the burlap about 2″ longer for both height and with. So I wanted mine to be 15” x 38” so I cut my burlap 17” x 40”. I cut the backing fabric closer to size, adding about 1″ of allowance on both height and width.
I am not a seamstress. I am not a fluent operator of a sewing machine and I don’t claim to KNOW how to sew. I just know how I want it to look and figure out a way to make that happen. So if you are a seamstress, fluent in operating a sewing machine or do indeed KNOW how to sew, then you can use correct form and terms and all that stuff. For the rest of us, here is how I slapped this guy together!
I placed the burlap with the side I liked best facing DOWN. I then centered the backing fabric with the side I liked best facing UP. I then folded the excess burlap over the backing and pinned into place using straight pins.
When I got to the corners I just cut a notch out so they were not so bulky. I know that’s not how you should probably do that but 1. It’s burlap and 2. It’s me! So that’s how I made it work!
Then I sewed all four sides! You can use a bit of Fray Stop if you need to on the edges. I just trimmed mine and it was fine. It’s the back anyway!
I couldn’t find a stencil I liked for a bat in the stores. I wanted one that wasn’t too cartoon-ish but also one that wasn’t screaming “Batman”! (I was not previously aware of my strong bat design feelings!) I had a whole roll of contact paper left over so decided to make my own stencil. I drew a bat on some scratch paper and traced the design on the contact paper. I repeated this for both ends of the runner. I then used an Exacto knife and cut out the bats shape from the contact paper.
I removed the backing and positioned the contact paper on the runner.
I sprayed one end of the runner at a time. I folded all the extra runner under the confines of the contact paper before I sprayed.
Using black spray paint, I gave the bats about 3 even light coats of spray paint. When this side dried, I removed the contact paper and repeated with the opposite side of the runner.
Here’s what I ended up with! I am really, really happy with it.
It fits nicely on my table with enough room around it for our dinner plates and coloring books and play-doh. Halloween and Fall are the perfect holidays for “rough around the edges” types of projects! I also fell totally in love with Burlap on this project!
*Again, I apologize for the not so stellar photos