How to Make Table Runners for a Wedding Reception


Wedding table runners can use up valuable wedding budget funds. Whenever possible, it's beneficial to create items you can make yourself instead of purchasing them ready-made. Standard table runner size is 12 inches wide and 108 inches long. Choose linen, linen blend, lace, satin or tulle fabric. The number of runners you require depends on the number of tables you will have at your wedding reception.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cut your fabric pieces 13 inches wide and 109 inches long, to allow for hemming. This is just a bit over 3 yards in length (purchase 3 1/8 yards). Since most fabric comes in widths of 45 inches or 60 inches, you can cut more than one wedding table runner from each length (three with 45-inch wide fabric and four with 60-inch wide fabric).

  • Fold under and press 1/4 inch on the long ends of your table runners. Fold under and press another 1/4 inch and tack the fabric down with straight pins.

  • Sew along the inside edge of all the hems you have pressed and pinned. Remove the straight pins.

  • Hem the short ends of your table runners using the same process. Steam press all your table runners.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use these directions for round, square or shorter tables, with length alterations.
  • If you are using lace or tulle, do not fold the fabric under twice to hem it. These fabrics will not fray at the edges. Cut your fabric 1/2 inch shorter in length and in width.
  • Press all the wedding table runners at the reception site to eliminate folded wrinkles and lines.
  • Make a simple and quick table runner from wrapping paper.

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