Fringed Table Runner Tutorial

Do you have two hours to waste and a neck + back you'd like to put a few knots into? Well, this project was tailor-made for you!

I've fringed a few table runners. Every single time, about half-way through, I wonder why the heck I decided to fringe the darn thing instead using a simple (fast!) folded hem. 

But the fringe is so pretty!

You will need:
  • 100% Cotton fabric in the dimensions of your choice
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Cutting Mat + Rotary Cutter
  • Thread Puller

Look at the table you're making the runner for. Decide if you'd like the runner to hang off the short ends and how wide you'd prefer it to be. My table is 86" x 40". I chose dimensions of 70" x 13" for the table runner. While really wide runners can be visually appealing, the former dimensions worked better for the specific fabric I'm using. 

That's the great thing about making your own decor: Customization!

Alright, back to the tutorial. Iron the fabric! Very Important!

Using the cutting mat and rotary cutter, cut the fabric.  There will be no folding at the seams, so do not leave extra room for seam allowances! 

Start sewing. Use a 1/4 inch seam (a 1/4 inch foot for your sewing machine would come in handy right now). Do not back stitch at the start of the hem.


Sew around the entire runner. Back stitch.



Get out the thread puller. Place the tip under the very outer threads of the fabric. Once the threads are up far enough to fit your fingers under them, pull the threads up gently. Do this all around the runner.




Keep pulling threads until the fringe reaches the hem line. 

Find something to watch on TV for a couple hours while you pull, pull, pull.

Stop pulling threads once you reach the hem line. 

Trust me, at this point you will be happy to stop fringing!

Done! Now find someone to massage your aching shoulders :-).

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