This easy peasy Halloween table runner is simple to make and will brighten up any table for the Halloween season!
I found this adorable Riley Blake “Trick or Treat” Fat Quarter set online and on sale recently. I just love it! (So much, I bought the Christmas version too.)
I’ve been having the most fun sewing up Halloween goodies with this fabric.
I’ve made a Halloween dress for my daughter and just finished my very first attempt at a quilted item – this quilted Halloween table runner!. (I plan on making a quilt for my daughter this winter, so I wanted to practice and start with something easy.)
To make the table runner, I just kind of played with the fabrics until I found a combination that I liked. I cut two strips each, varying the widths just a bit, from ten different fabrics. Then just sewed them together. Easy-peasy!
Rather than do any fancy quilting, I just decided to “stitch in the ditch” between the fabric strips. While doing this method, I learned that I should probably do a little bit of a better job pressing the seams flat. I think I will also pick up a walking foot before my next quilting project in hopes that it will help keep my stitches a little straighter.
*update: The secret to straight seams? A stitch in the ditch foot! Yes, there is such a thing, lol. Just choose the one right for your machine.
I also decided to machine stitch my binding. Let’s face it, I am not making anything “heirloom” quality or trying to sell anything. I just don’t have the patience to do much hand stitching, especially on something as large as a full-size quilt.
For this project, I used store-bought bias tape. Black was my chosen binding color anyway, so I didn’t feel the need to make my own, especially since my local fabric store had their packaged bias tape 50% off last weekend.
If I have time, I would love to make a few more projects with this fabric. How cute are these fabric baskets? We’re running out of time before Halloween though and they may have to wait until next year…
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.