Easy DIY Christmas Table Runner

Make this beautiful DIY Christmas Table Runner and get some inspiration with our holiday tablescape.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing so many amazing Holiday Tablescapes all over Instagram and Pinterest.  They look like they are plucked right from the pages of Martha Stewart, who is one of my favorite muses, by the way. 

This year, however, I just don’t have the time to put together something so fancy.  And maybe you don’t either? Perhaps you are like me and your Holiday is low-key this year. Or maybe you are just not the one hosting this year.  

Since we moved away from family a few years ago, it’s usually been just the four of us.  It feels a bit more laid back when you are not expecting company. 

However, it’s important to me that my kids still have a Christmas that feels special to them.  This is why I wanted to dress up our holiday table with simple but festive and pretty touches. 

This DIY table runner fits the bill!  It was so easy to put together! Honestly, the fabric is really the showstopper here. 

DIY Christmas Table Runner

Things You’ll Need

1 yard of fabric

Sewing machine and thread of choice


Fabric Scissors

Tutorial for DIY Christmas Table Runner

Easy DIY Christmas Table Runner

DIY Christmas Table Runner Step by Step

Total Time: 1 hour

  1. Cut your Fabric

    Easy DIY Christmas Table Runner
  2. The first thing you want to do is cut your fabric a little wider than you want your table runner (to account for frayed edges).  Generally, table runners are about 16 inches wide by about 72 inches long.  But you can make yours whatever measurements you want.
  3. When using grain sack fabric, the striping helps guide you and also helps you cut straight lines. (Happy dance because I’m terrible at cutting straight lines). My table runner ended up being about 17 inches wide.  I like my table runners to drape over the long sides of the table so I made it fairly long.
  • Sew Table Runner Together

    diy christmas table runner - sew a seam and line up the stripes
  • Since my fabric wasn’t long enough in one piece to drape over the table, I had to cut a second piece and join them together. I sewed a basic seam to join them, cut the excess from the seam, and ironed it down so it wasn’t bulky. You could also sew a French seam here, which would hide the ugly seam. But since I’m ok with just using the one side, the seam is hidden anyways.
  • Fray Edges of Table Runner

    Easy DIY Christmas Table Runner
  • Remember how we cut our fabric in step 1? Your edges should be rough. Pull at the loose strings of the rough edges to create a frayed look all the wall around. Depending on how much fray you want, this will shorten the width of your runner a bit, so keep that in mind with the overall sizing.
  • Iron Table Runner

    Iron your table runner
  • The last step is to iron your table runner as well as the seam down we sewed in the middle.  This should look like a beautiful, frayed table runner once you are done! And you made this to the exact dimensions and fabric of your choice.