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Create a hand quilted table runner using wool felt and embroidery

 

In today’s post we’re going to step away from the sewing machine and have some fun making a hand quilted table runner using wool felt, zippers, rick rack and embroidery thread! This table runner is so bright and unique that all your friends will rave about it!

 

Hand made table runner with wool felt, embroidery thread and zippers.
Hand made table runner with wool felt, embroidery thread and zippers.

 

materials

6 colors wool felt, orange, green, pink, blue, white and gray

1 fat quarter of light gray fabric

backing

batting

DMC embroidery floss, bright colors to match felt

Rick Rack, ½ yard green

3 zippers, green

 

Materials for table runner including wool felt, DMC embroidery floss and green zippers.
Materials for table runner including wool felt, DMC embroidery floss and green zippers.

 

Instructions

Begin by cutting the zippers apart, bring tab to end of zipper and cut so you have two halves of the zipper. These are going to be stems for your flowers.

 

Cut zipper ends off to make flower stems.
Cut zipper ends off to make flower stems.

 

Start pinning zippers down as stems, cutting some in pieces for shoots coming out of the stems for flowers to go on.

 

Pin zipper stems in place on background.
Pin zipper stems in place on background.

 

Taking 2 strands of green DMC embroidery threads, stitch down the zipper stems using a running stitch.

 

Zippered stems stitched down with embroidery floss using a running stitch.
Zippered stems stitched down with embroidery floss using a running stitch.

 

 

Cut various sized circles out of the wool felt.

 

Cut various sized circles out of the wool felt.
Cut various sized circles out of the wool felt.

 

Here’s where you get to have some fun! Layer the circles in a pleasing manner, stacking one two or three high and place at the end of the zipper stems and pin to hold.

Layer wool felt circles at the end of the zipper stems to create flowers.
Layer wool felt circles at the end of the zipper stems to create flowers.

 

Using the DMC embroidery threads, begin doing some embroidery on the flowers to secure. I used two strands. You can do a simple running stitch or different types of stitching such as the blanket stitch around some of the flowers. Be creative, not only with your stitches but with the colors of the threads! Give the flowers some punch with bright colors!

Do fun embroidery stitches on wool felt flowers.
Do fun embroidery stitches on wool felt flowers.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow as we add rick rack grass and stitch the background!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  5 essential tips to free motion quilting a table runner

Go to part 5: How to hand quilt an embellished table runner

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

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