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…