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Red Plaid Runner (Christmas Decor)

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I'm all into tartans and plaids this year for our Christmas decor. I usually don't go for that but for some reason I am finding myself excited about trying something out of my box.  I decided a red plaid table runner would be an easy way to incorporate more plaid without having to chuck everything I already own!  Isn't it pretty?

It started off like this though!

 I saw this tablecloth at HomeGoods the other day for a measly $7.  I liked the plaid but it was a tad too much of it for my taste.  Making it into a table runner was so easy too.

I started with a 70 inch table cloth. I measured and cut a strip that was about 18 inches wide which allowed for 1/2 inch hems.

Fold over 1/2 inch on the raw long side. Iron. Fold over again. Iron. Sew. I only had one raw side because I kept the factory seam on the other.   I also hemmed my short sides even though the ruffles would go on those ends. You don't have to do this but I didn't want any unraveling from an unfinished edge if I put it in the washer.

Set aside your runner. Take your leftover fabric and fold it hem to hem.   Measure the length you want your ruffle. I just eye balled mine.  Also, you'll want to double the width so you have enough fabric to make a pretty ruffle. Then cut your ruffle strips keeping the factory edge. This way you don't need to do a hem on the bottom of the ruffle.

Make your ruffles by basting a stitch at the raw edge and pulling the bottom thread to gather. Right sides together, sew a ruffle onto each end and you're done!  Plus, I still have lots of fabric left to make some napkins!

I also tried a new paint finish on my kitchen table base tonight. I think it came out ok but I'll have to see it in the light. Keep your fingers crossed!



  1. Beautiful, I never would have thought of that, Thanks for sharing. Happy yo be a new follower.

  2. This look is awesome! Great job! The plaid is gorgeous...

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  5. This is lovely! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  6. So cute! Maybe rather than trying to find one I like in the stores, I will make my own. It sure does look easy.

  7. Oh, this is perfection! Plaid and ruffles. Love it!

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