How’s a big stack of gifts for some holiday cheer!? 🙂 I’ve been putting off making holiday projects because, well, life has been so busy. You know how it can get. But before I knew it, Halloween had already passed and it’s already mid-November! Yikes! How did that happen? I decided to make time this weekend and put together this quick and fun project to share with you all. It’s doable, even with a busy schedule!
I just love an excuse to buy candies, for “staging purposes.” 😉
The sun came out in Seattle during my table runner photo shoot, so I felt obligated to take a photo of every single possible angle. ;-p
The fabrics I used are Flower Sugar Holiday by Lecien Fabrics – I love the vibrant colors!
This tutorial makes a ~59″ long table runner. If you want it longer or shorter, simply add or subtract some gift blocks to customize the size.
Tip! For a fun alternative (and an even faster finish!), skip sewing in the ribbons as a part of your block, and instead pick out some real ribbons and top stitch them onto the tops of your gift blocks.
I hope you enjoy the project!
Materials for a ~59″ long table runner:
- 5 fat quarters for the top (this will be the gifts)
- 1/4 yard for ribbon (or buy real ribbon and sew it on the top)
- 1 yard backing and batting
- coordinating thread
Step 1 – Cut two 9.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles from one fat quarter. Cut each rectangle in half as shown below. From your ribbon fabric, cut a 2″ strip along the WOF. Then trim the strip to be 2″ x 9.5″. Sew the ribbon strip in between the two halves previously cut.
Step 2 – Then, cut it in half again as shown below, but this time along the length. Sew in another 2″ strip between the halves.
Step 3 – Make 2 more gifts, except the ribbon on these next two will be slightly to the left. To do this, cut two more 9.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles from one fat quarter. Cut each rectangle at the 4.5″ mark as shown below. From your ribbon fabric, cut a 2″ strip along the WOF. Then trim the strip to be 2″ x 9.5″. Sew the ribbon strip in between the two pieces previously cut. Lastly, repeat step 2 to add the cross ribbon.
Step 4 – Next, make 3 smaller gifts: From your remaining fat quarters, cut three 8″ x 10.5″ rectangles. From your ribbon fabric, but 1.5″ strips along the WOF. Cut and add a ribbon strip as shown below.
Step 5 – You should now have a set of 7 gifts. Sew them together as shown below.
Step 6 – Baste the top onto a long piece of batting and quilt the entire top.
Step 7 – finish it! Cut and sew your backing fabric so that it’s approximately 14″ x 60″ long. With right sides facing together, pin the quilted top to the backing fabric all around the edges. Sew a 1/4″ stitch along the perimeter, but be sure to leave an opening about 6-7″ wide along the side of one of the gifts and away from corners, as shown below by the heart pins. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
Then, trim all the excess backing fabric off.
Turn right side out through the 6-7″ opening. Make sure to poke the corners out using your fingers. Iron flat using the steam setting. To close the 6-7″ opening, simply iron the opening 1/4″ inwards to match the seam, and then use fabric glue or steam-a-seam to glue it closed. A quick and clean alternative to binding home decor projects 🙂
Step 8 – Add bows. To make these bows, I cut a 4″ x 20″ strip. With right sides facing together, I ironed it in half along the length (the 20″ side), and then sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance down the length and bottom to close it. Turn right side out and iron flat. Use fabric glue to close the other end. Then, I simply tied a bow and then top-stitched it to the runner with two parallel stitches right in the center of the bow’s knot to secure it. Be sure to use a canvas or denim/jean needle when attaching the bow. A stronger needle makes it easier to attach the bow since the bow’s knot is so thick. Alternatively, you can buy ribbon and attach that instead of making your own. I made 3 bows for this runner.
That’s it! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving in the weeks ahead!