I am always trying different things...my dad and husband say I stay awake at night thinking of new projects. And they are right. I really do.
I wanted to make a burlap runner different from most that I have seen, so I decided to give this one a little fairy tale flare. I was specifically thinking of a heroine in rags, like Cinderella. I used lace, ribbons crinkled cotton and all raw edges.
After cutting the length and width of the runner, 71" long and 19" wide, I decided what shape I wanted the end ruffles to be and settled on an alternated diamond-shape. I folded the fabric in half and cut the burlap, then folded the crinkle cotton fabric and cut those points to fit in the center of the burlap points.
I then cut lace the width of the ruffle and cut different lengths of ribbon and lace and placed them randomly. I then pinned them underneath the lace so they would not show when attached.
I then sewed a straight line through the middle of the lace to attach all the layers together.
Once all the layers were attached, I sewed two gathering stitches evenly spaced on either side of the first stitch. Because these layers are really thick all together, I used a heavier weight quilting thread so it would not break when I pulled for gathering. These two stitches must be as large and loose as you can set on your machine. If they are too tight and small, you will not be able to pull the threads through to make gathers.
Then I took the bobbin threads (bottom stitches) on either side of the center stitch and carefully pulled them to the width of the runner. This is what makes perfectly even gathers.
I then sewed over the middle seam attaching the ruffle to the right side of the runner. After attaching the ruffle to the runner, I pulled the gathering stitches out so there is only the one seam attaching everything together. If you continue pulling the bottom thread, they will come out pretty easily.
As you can see, there is only one line of stitching.
This is one I actually custom made for a wedding, and I also have one made with cream-colored muslin that I used this winter.
It really is not that hard if you know how to properly gather, and so cute when finished. This would be great on a large buffet table for a wedding or shower also.
I'll be here lying awake thinking of something else fun to make.
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