Table Runner & Placemats

Curtains, pillows, and more!

Table Runner & Placemats

New postby SmilieFace on Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:13 am

Yesterday I bought quilters fabric, cotton batting, and insulbright for a table runner and placemats project i've been envisioning for a couple months. I'd like my table runner to be able to have things placed directly on it throughout dinner. Anyway, I sat down to cut and realized I didn't know how to measure. My rectangular table isn't that big -- enough room for 4 chairs, with one chair on each of the 4 sides. If I make the table runner longer than the length of the table, this means it will be hanging into someone's lap. If I do that or even just make the table runner the length of the table, I'll have to place two placemats on the runner. I think if I don't make it at least table length, I might as well just make potholders.

Your thoughts? How long should my table runner be?
SmilieFace
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:12 am
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby bridesmom on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:13 am

I have a long one that goes end to end and hangs over about 12" at the ends, then the 4 placemats go on the sides of the table so you can actually get 6 people around the table. If there were only 4 people then you would just use 2 of the placemats and then the ends of the runner are the other 'placemats'. If you don't like that idea, you could do a smaller wider version of the runner or do matching napkins, make large squares and serge the edges with rolled hems.
Laura
Go Canucks!
Asking a quilter to mend something is like asking Picasso to paint your garage
User avatar
bridesmom
2008/2009 Stash Challenge Winner
2008/2009 Stash Challenge Winner
 
Posts: 4533
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:06 pm
Location: BC Canada

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby lendube on Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:45 am

Or, I was thinking, you could make the placemats, potholders and then different sized "pads" for your serving dishes, etc. Make them in 12x12, 8x8, whatever seems most practical.
Lennie

The Man who says it can't be done should not Interrupt the Woman doing it.
User avatar
lendube
 
Posts: 3249
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:52 am
Location: So. Calif. Mtns.

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby Mule on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:25 am

Or make one large "pad" for the center of the table. Have it a rectangular shape that ends a few inches before the placemat. That's the beauty of making your own -- you can make it any way you want, to suit your own needs!
Beth
User avatar
Mule
 
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:35 pm
Location: Idaho

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby Mom of Six on Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:23 pm

Mule wrote:Or make one large "pad" for the center of the table. Have it a rectangular shape that ends a few inches before the placemat. That's the beauty of making your own -- you can make it any way you want, to suit your own needs!

I like this idea!
Barb
wife to 1
Mom to Six
Mother in Law to 2
Grandma to 4
Lunchlady
User avatar
Mom of Six
2009 Stash Challenge Winner - Clean Sweep!
2009 Stash Challenge Winner - Clean Sweep!
 
Posts: 2043
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:44 am
Location: Michigan

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby lendube on Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:04 pm

I suppose if you go that route you might as well make a tablecloth with the insulbrite covering the whole table! :D I guess it all depends on how attractive your table is and how much room you have in the middle.
Lennie

The Man who says it can't be done should not Interrupt the Woman doing it.
User avatar
lendube
 
Posts: 3249
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:52 am
Location: So. Calif. Mtns.

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby Bama on Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:10 pm

A square table topper would be nice. You can tilt it diagonally across the table and each corner could be used like a placemat. I think it would still look fine if two corners hang over the table edge. OR.... make it diamond shaped to fit perfectly on the table. :think:
I'm creative. You can't expect me to be neat too.
User avatar
Bama
 
Posts: 1193
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:46 am
Location: Alabama

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:49 pm

I think I would make a pad for the middle of the table and leave room for the placemats at each side. If you make smaller pads, then you could have pads slipping around in the middle of the table.
Sew With Love
Libby
User avatar
LeapFrog Libby
 
Posts: 2044
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:55 pm
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby MartySews2 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:31 am

Smilie, the website http://www.sewing.org has a lovely tablerunner pattern as a free PDF download. It gives instructions on how to calculate the size of a tablerunner & placemats. Lots of good info on that website.
Marty ;)
Brighten each corner where you are ... smile!
MartySews2
 
Posts: 3983
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:28 am
Location: Memphis, TN

Re: Table Runner & Placemats

New postby SmilieFace on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:53 pm

One last question...My table runner measures 10" x 60". I'm going to put a layer of "White & Natural" batting in between. Is it alright if I just have the one long piece? Or do I have to quilt it somehow? Also, it says prewashing is optional. Do you suggest I prewash the batting?

Here's what my table looks like now.

I need to decide if I want to use white bias tape, black bias tape, or no bias tape around the placemats. Your thoughts?
Attachments
TableSetting.jpg
TableSetting.jpg (81.66 KB) Viewed 4645 times
SmilieFace
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:12 am
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Next


Return to Home Decor


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest