Yesterday I showed you how to use a strip of squares cut from one of the Northcott ‘Tis the Season panels. Here’s another option for a table runner using the same panel from this collection – this time minus the green borders. This runner is 14½” x 38½”.
Here’s how you can get started making this festive table runner.
Cut 4 design elements from the ‘Tis the Season panel having a scant ¼” green border all around. You want to make sure that the green border around the designs will be hidden in the seam allowance. They won’t be an exact square! I measured the individual “squares” after cutting them from the panel. They measured 5⅛” on one side and 5¼” or 5⅜” on the other side. Again, this is typical of panels but it’s easy to get them back to being true squares just by adding some narrow borders.
From Northcott ColorWorks black, cut 8 strips 1½” wide by about 7½” long.
Sew a 1½” strip to the top and bottom of each design element. Press seams toward black. Trim off excess fabric. It’s a good idea to sew with the square on top of the black fabric so you can stitch right on the green design line.
Sew a 1½” strip to each side. Press seams toward black.
Square up the blocks so they each measure 6½” x 6½”. I like to use a 6½” square ruler and a rotating cutting board for this type of trimming. The rotating cutting board allows you to cut all 4 sides without having to move the fabric. This helps to eliminate the potential of inaccurate cutting.
From both the ‘Tis the Season red and green holly prints cut 3 – 2½” x 3½”, 2 – 4½” x 7½” and 1 – 4½” x 30½”.
Sew the 2½” x 3½” pieces together to make sashing between the blocks.
Sew the blocks and sashing strips together.
Sew the 4½” x 30½” red strip to the top and the green 4½” x 30½” green strip to the bottom.
Sew a the 4½” x 7½” red and green pieces together to make the side borders.
Sew on the side borders.
Now you’re ready to quilt and then sew on the binding. I’ll be using 3″ ColorWorks black strips to make my ½” finished size binding, but you can use your own favorite binding style if you wish. You can read more about my ½” binding method here.
Be sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll be showing you one more project using the odd-sized, leftover squares from the Northcott ‘Tis the Season panel!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Using Northcott’s ‘Tis the Season fabrics for a Christmas table runner
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