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Making a quilted table runner out of a placemat pattern


I hope you’re enjoying using your 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric.

Yesterday, I showed you how to make some placemats using 5″ and 2¾” strips left over from the table runner that was made on Monday and Tuesday of this week.


Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric
Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric


Today you’ll see how to make another table runner, this time using placemat shapes.


Finished placemat table runner
Finished placemat table runner


Following yesterday’s instructions, make 4 or 5 more placemat tops, using 2 – 5″ strips and 7 – 2¾” squares for each placemat. Each one will be different, giving this table runner a modern, scrappy look.


4 more finished placemats
4 more finished placemats


When you cut the original 8 fat quarters into 5″ and 2¾” strips, there was one narrow strip left at the end. Now you can use that strip to join the “placemats” together to make the table runner.

These strips will probably be different widths. You can trim them to a common size or use them just as they are. My runner has 4 “placemats” so I needed 3 joining strips. Sew the placemats together with the narrow strips.

Trim excess fabric from the narrow strips so all edges are even.


Sew narrow strips between the placemat sections
Sew narrow strips between the placemat sections


  • Cut batting and backing so it’s about 1″ larger all around than the placemat top.
  • Layer backing (I chose red Ketan #262 Azalea), batting and top.
  • Quilt as desired. Again, I did some simple straight line quilting.
  • Remember to use your even-feed or walking foot for quilting.
  • Trim so there is ¼” of backing and batting showing all around.
  • Measure your runner to determine what length of binding strips you need. Cut 3″ strips (for a ½” finished size binding) from the Banyan Batiks fabric of your choice. I used the gray Ketan #441 Silver Lites.
  • Fold binding strip in half, wrong sides together and press.
  • Sew on the binding using a ½” seam allowance. You can see detailed instructions for making and sewing the binding in my QUILTsocial blog post from August 11, 2016.


 Finished fat quarter-friendly placemat table runner

Finished fat quarter-friendly placemat table runner


Do you still have some small strips and/or squares left over from your Banyan Batik Tie One On fabrics? Come back tomorrow to see how to use even these small pieces to make some mug rugs or table mats.


This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Quilt pattern ideas for using leftover fabric, Banyan Batiks Tie One On

Go to part 5: Flip and stitch to make a marvelous mug rug

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.


  1. Sara

    This is such a great idea.

    • Thanks Sara. Glad you like it!

  2. Robyn Lee

    these colors are gorgeous. I love using runners on my furniture. thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for the nice comments Robyn!

  3. Barbara

    Thanks for the good ideas and giveaway

    • You’re most welcome, Barbara!

  4. Glenda

    I love this series! I’ve been looking for a table runner pattern to use a Halloween fat quarter set I recently purchased. This will be perfect. Thanks so much for the great tutorials and so many ideas!

    • You are welcome. Would love to see a picture of your Hallowe’en table runner! You can post it on the QUILTsocial site or send it by email.

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