I am so excited to share with you today’s project! If you have ever wanted to know how to create a custom table runner for under $20, then you have come to the right place! With the help of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, it is incredibly simple to create a table runner in the exact color and design of your choosing.
For this project you will need the following:
- Tablecloth or fabric cut to the desired length
- ScotchBlue.com ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Use (2090)
- Spray paint in your color choice and proper safety equipment
- Sewing machine (or hem tape)
Step 1: Measure the width of your fabric
I find that most store-bought table runners are not nearly long enough to drape the length of my dining room table. To solve this problem, I purchased an inexpensive plain-white tablecloth for $8 in the exact length that I desired. This tablecloth costs less than it would have to purchase fabric by the yard. I wanted my runner to be 14 inches in width so cut it to 15 inches. This left a half inch inseam on each side for sewing.
Step 2: Use a t-square and chalk line reel to mark your fabric.
Okay, I will be the first to admit that this is not a conventional way to mark your fabric for cutting, but it works beautifully! If you want to go the conventional route, use an invisible fabric marker to mark your fabric. I didn’t want to purchase a fabric marker, and I had a chalk line reel in the basement. Pull the chalk line reel the length of your fabric using the t-square as a guide and snap the line.
This will create a straight chalk line marking where to cut your fabric. My fabric is 100% silky polyester so the chalk dusted off of the fabric without a problem.
Step 3: Iron the seams of your fabric.
Fold the fabric approximately one ¼ of an inch and iron a straight seam. Do this on both sides. You will then fold that seam over another ¼ of an inch and iron again on both sides.
Step 4: Sew or glue your seams.
Sew a straight stitch for each of your ironed seams. If you do not own a sewing machine, you can use hem tape or even fabric glue to secure your seams.
Step 5: Use ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Use (2090) to create a design.
To create the pattern for my table runner, I first measured the center of my tablecloth and ran a long piece of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape the length of my runner. I then used a t-square to measure the spacing between each “arrow” design.
Step 6: Spray paint your table runner.
After your project is taped off, be sure to go back over all of your tape strips to make sure they are secure. I like to rub over each tape piece with a plastic wallpaper smoother. This safeguards for a quality end result! Once you are satisfied with your tape, spray paint your runner in a well ventilated area. Always wear a respirator when spray painting. Spray paint your fabric in 2-3 light coats allowing 5 minutes of dry time between each coat. I used a metallic spray paint to give my project a bit of sheen. You will want to allow your paint to fully dry before removing the tape. And the best part is removing your ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and revealing your glorious design! Removing the tape never ceases to give me a thrill. 🙂
Step 7: Enjoy your gorgeous table runner!
Woohoo! Enjoy your custom table runner that you made for under $20! This runner looks perfect with my new dishes, and I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I can’t wait to show it off to company. By the way, dinner is at 6 pm if you care to join me. Be sure to bring a bottle of wine!