When I showed you how to wash, dry and cut burlap I promised I would be back with a few table runner ideas. I already shared my no sew burlap ruffled runner tutorial. Today I’m here with a runner that’s even easier and so fast. Basically all you need is burlap, scissors and an iron!
To get started, prepare your burlap. Cut a piece that measures 20 in. wide by your desired length. To find that length just measure the length of your table. Add 20 – 25 inches to each end. For example here’s how I figured mine:
Length of table = 72 in.
72 + 25 + 25 = 122 inches
122 inches = 3 1/3 yards (approx)
I rounded up and cut my runner 3 1/2 yards long
Pull 5 or 6 strings from all four sides so each side is fringed. Iron and that’s it! Now for the fun part. I’m showing you two ways to embellish the ends that hang from your table. First (pictured above) just gather the end together and tie with a piece of twine. Tuck something green and preferably fresh in the twine. I used rosemary sprigs but you could use anything. Bittersweet or colorful leaves would be especially pretty for fall and boxwood would be perfect for Christmas.
The second look is to attach a burlap bow. You will need a roll of 2 1/2 – 3 in. wired burlap ribbon. Make two bows following these directions: How to Make a Perfect Bow. Thread a piece of twine through the loop in the back of the bow and tie it to the ends of your runner. As you can see I left the rosemary still attached. I sort of like it peeking out from behind the bow.
As always, the measurements are just guidelines. Make your runner any width or length you want. This look would be really pretty if you were serving a buffet from your table and could remove the end chairs. The version with the burlap bow is not practical for a real dinner party where someone will sit at the end of the table. The version with the twine (made a bit shorter in length) would work well for that.
I know burlap isn’t for everyone but I hope I made at least a few non-believers see the light! I’ll be back in a few days…until then be happy and safe.
For more burlap inspiration just click this link:
8 DIY Burlap Projects Anyone Can Do!