How to Make a Table Runner
Date and Time of Class: August 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are short micro workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
Gary demonstrates how to make an extremely useful insulated table runner with a binding finish. In this workshop Gary takes you through the stages of cutting binding, how to join lengths, stitching on right angles as you turn the corners with great tips to get a neat finish.
What You Will Learn in this Workshop
You will be measuring, cutting out and constructing with machine sewing. In this workshop Gary will show you how to firstly make a long table runner with sandwich layers of thermal batting. These will then be simply machine quilted before you then cut fabric to make straight grain binding tape. Gary will then guide you through machine the tape to get a good right-angle point to your corners.
Level of Experience
- The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate with some machine sewing experience.
Materials / Equipment required by Attendees
- Use pure cotton prints and plain colours.
- You can also join squares together form any previous quilt block sessions. In this example Gary has used the beginner’s “Strings Block” to make his table runner.
- 2 x 10” x 40” of cotton fabric for the top and bottom.
- 2 x 10” x 40” of batting (Gary has used 1-layer synthetic batting and 1-layer thermal batting)
Seam allowance used ¼”.
- Note: as part of the workshop, you will be making your binding tape therefore: Choose fabric to make your binding 110” x 2 ¾” Cotton fabric.
- Hand sewing needle.
- Small embroidery scissors, fabric shears or rotary cutter.
- Good quality machine thread matching with the chosen fabrics.
- Sewing Machine (needle size 12-14 for cotton weights or 16 for cotton drill and denim).
If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.
- Gary Mills