Welcome to Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Project #2! Up today is a simple, no sew table runner. Of course you can make this with any kind of fabric under the sun…but the flannel will give your table a cozy, Christmasy feeling. Flannel comes in all sorts of plaid patterns and here’s the best part…the colors are woven in so if you cut on a pattern line, your cut will be straight. Can’t get much easier than that!
To figure your table runner length, take your table length measurement and add 14 – 16 inches. That will allow for a 7 to 8 inch drop on each end. The width can be anywhere from 15 inches to 24 inches depending on the width of your table.
- On your ironing board, turn the edge of one long side over about 1/2 inch. Press as you go.
- Turn the same edge over again about 1/2 inch. Now you will have a finished long edge.
- To secure the hem, open the second fold up and lay fusible tape along the entire side.
- Close the fold and press well until the tape is activated. Repeat these steps for the other long side.
- Pull threads from both short ends to make a fringe.
I decided to leave the short ends raw with a little fringe. I didn’t realize that flannel could be fringed until I washed the whole piece before making my DIY Red Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments. It saved a step and sort of goes with the rustic feel of the buffalo plaid.
When my runner was finished and it was time to take pictures, my heart dropped to my feet after I put it on my table. Because the table is so dark, the runner got completely lost and didn’t show up at all. I briefly considered trying to photograph it that way but knew I wouldn’t be happy…and either would you. Like I do many times when I am frustrated with my dark furniture, I decided to lighten things up with an extra layer. I grabbed my Burlap Table Runner with Tassels, placed it under the buffalo plaid runner and the problem was solved. If you have a light table, the red and black buffalo plaid should look magnificent without any help from burlap.
I made the centerpiece in literally five minutes. For more inspiration on that take a look at my eBay guide, 5 Minute Centerpiece Ideas.
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I wanted a pair of reindeer last year but they were all gone before I went looking. As soon as the stores put out their Christmas decor this year, I was on the hunt. I found this set at Hobby Lobby but something similar can be found at these links:
I seriously considered tying buffalo plaid ribbon around their necks but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. They are so stately and serious that I thought they might look a little ridiculous!
Here are your shopping sources for the table runner: