Make this quick and easy a wavy table runner with a 10-degree ruler! This free wavy table runner pattern will take you through the steps.
If you need a last-minute gift, this table runner could be just what you need. This runner can be made in about 1 hour.
I love making these wavy table runners for Christmas gifts but they can be made for any holiday or theme.
Throughout this DIY table runner tutorial, I show a few versions of this table runner so you can see how different they can be. Depending on how you line up the wedges, it will cause the table runner to form different amounts of a wave.
The wave changes depending on how thick you cut the wedges and how many wedges you put in each direction.
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Sample DIY Wavy Table Runners
Below are some sample table runners made with this pattern. The runner can change shape by changing the width of the wedges and the number of wedges sewn in each direction.
The fall-themed table runner was from a kit that contained three fat eighths of fabric for the top and fabric for the backing. This table runner was cut with wider wedges and alternated direction of the wedges every fourth wedge.
I made this table runner with the quilting in about 1 hour. For this one, I cut the wedges pretty wide so there is less wave in the runner.
This winter or Christmas-themed table runner was cut with a bit smaller wedges than the fall-themed one. For this one, the wedges were placed with six, four, and then six wedges in each direction.
This one was cut using four fabrics. For a more scrappy table runner, use many different fabrics. Or use as few as three fabrics for a more uniform look.
This alternate winter or Christmas-themed table runner was cut with smaller wedges, with seven wedges facing in each direction. This causes more of a wave in the runner.
This shows how the free wavy table runner pattern can change depending on the width of the wedges and the fabric. The length of the runner can be easily changed for your table by adding or subtracting wedges.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 10-degree ruler
- 4 fabrics – 1/3 yard each or 4 fat quarters
- 1/2 yard Batting Fabric
- 1/2 yard Backing fabric
- Sewing Machine
INSTRUCTIONS For Free Wavy Table Runner pattern
STEP 1: Cut Fabrics
For quick cutting of the fabrics, layer your fabrics on top of one another lining up the edges. Square up and trim your fabrics to be 10" x 21".
Cut the Wedges
Use your 10 degree ruler to cut the wedges. If you want smaller wedges, then move the ruler up so the smaller end is at the edge of the fabric.
If you want fewer wedges that are wider, move the ruler so the wider edge is on the fabric.
The fall-themed one shown earlier was cut on the 11” line. The one with the smaller wedges was cut on the 4” line.
For this new one, I will cut it with the ruler aligned on the 15" line. Remember which line you used so when you turn the ruler you can line it up the same way.
Cut the first wedge on both sides of the ruler.
Now, flip the ruler over 180 degrees and align the 15" line along the side of the fabric. Cut the next wedge.
Continue flipping the ruler and cutting wedges until there are 5 – 6 wedges. Since there are four fabrics, this will make a total of 20 – 24 wedges.
STEP 2: Decide the layout
On a work surface, lay out the wedges side-by-side. Lay 4 – 6 wedges in one direction, then flip them and start laying them facing the other direction for the same number of wedges. Continue flipping and laying the wedges.
Experiment with different patterns to come up with the wave you like for your table runner. Place the different fabrics randomly, or in a pattern.
Keep in mind the width and length of the table runner. The length will shorten up as you sew the 1/4" seams. If the length becomes more than 40” a pieced backing will be needed and additional fabric.
To stick with 1/2 yard or less of backing fabric, keep the runner between 32” - 40” long and no more than 16” wide.
Laying it out will give an idea of the size and shape of the finished table runner. If the runner is too big, leave out some of the wedges and possibly use them for another runner.
Once you have the layout, make a pile of the wedges starting at the left end and stack each wedge on top of one another.
Step 3: Sewing the Wavy Table Runner
Thread the sewing machine with white or cream thread in the top and bobbin. Set the machine to a straight stitch at the normal stitch length and use a 1/4" piecing foot.
Start sewing the wedges together placing the first two with right sides together and sewing a seam. If using a 1/4" piecing foot, follow the edge of your foot as a guide. Otherwise, follow your 1/4" seam guide on your sewing machine.
Finger press the seam open. Place the next piece from the pile on top with the right sides together and sew the seam.
Take care to keep the wedges in the same orientation as they are on the pile so you end up with the runner as you laid it out.
Continue sewing all of the wedges onto the runner.
Step 4: Iron the Wavy table runner
Once all of the wedges are sewn to the runner, iron the seams to one side.
At the ironing board, place the runner wrong side up. Carefully press all of the seams in the same direction.
Turn the runner right side up and iron again to get it nice and flat.
Step 5: Cut Batting & Backing
Cut a piece of backing and batting 1” larger on all sides than the width & length of the table runner.
Since the number of wedges used may vary and the wave in the runner, I cannot give exact measurements of the batting & backing.
Step 6: Layer the runner
Place the batting on a work surface. Lay the backing on top of the batting with the right side up.
Lay the runner on top with the right side facing down.
Pin all around the runner along the edge. Place two pins at your start and end points along one of the straight ends. Leave a 3 – 4” opening between the start and end pins.
STEP 7: Sew layers together
Sew around the edge of the runner with a ¼” seam allowance. Leave a 3 – 4” opening along one end as marked by the double pins. This opening will be used to turn the table runner.
Pivot at the corners by leaving your needle down, lifting the presser foot and turning 90 degrees.
To sew over the seams, use the point of a seam ripper to keep the seams flat as they go under the presser foot.
Step 8: Trim & Turning
Trim the backing and batting even with the table runner top as shown below using your sewing scissors.
To help the table runner lay flat once it's turned, clip the corners of the table runner. Don't cut across your seam!
Also, carefully clip the curves being sure not to clip through the seam.
Next, turn the wavy table runner right side out through the opening on the one end.
Use a pointer to push out the corners. I also like to slide the pointer along the edge of the runner to help push out the curves and the side seams.
Step 9: Press the runner
Iron the table runner flat making sure all seams are fully open. The table runner is almost finished!
At the opening, turn the seam into the runner, press and pin closed.
Step 10: Final Stitching
If you would like to add some quilting to the table runner, look below for those options before topstitching.
To finish the wavy table runner, topstitch around the edge of the table runner and across the pinned opening. This will close the opening used to turn the runner.
Your table runner is complete!
From the samples below, you can see some options for quilting the table runner.
The table runner can be left with no quilting and just the topstitching around the edge as described in step 10.
Always quilt the table runner first and then add the final topstitching. The final topstitching is needed to close the opening of the table runner. If you do not want the topstitching, the opening could be hand-sewn with the ladder stitch.
Some ideas for quilting the wavy table runner
- Topstitch along all or some of the wedges.
- Use decorative stitches on or beside the seams
- Add quilting lines through the center of the wedges.
- Use your imagination!
To add quilting lines through the center of the wedges, use the 10 degree ruler and marking pencil or chalk to measure and mark a line.
Then quilt with a straight or decorative stitch on the marked line.
Below are close-ups of the table runners to show the quilting. See below the fall-themed wavy table runner has top-stitching around the wedges with the leaf prints only.
For the runner below, a star pattern was stitched along the sides of the white wedges only.
The table runner below has a straight line stitched through the center of each wedge.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this free wavy table runner pattern.
By changing the fabric used for this table runner, it can be made for any theme or holiday. These table runners would make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts!
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