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. 

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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

Iron

Fabric Scissors

Tutorial for DIY Christmas Table Runner

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

DIY Christmas Table Runner Step by Step

Total Time: 1 hour

  1. Cut your Fabric

    Easy DIY Christmas Table Runner - Make this beautiful DIY Christmas Table Runner and get some inspiration with our holiday tablescape.
  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 - Make this beautiful DIY Christmas Table Runner and get some inspiration with our holiday tablescape.
  • 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.
  • our Holiday Tablescape

    Make your own table runner

    Centerpiece

    There are so many great ideas out there for Holiday Centerpieces!  Only they typically involve a large, long dining table that seats 12 or more.  What about us smaller, round table folks?  

    This year, I created a simple holiday centerpiece using two bunches of flowers from my local grocery store.  If your grocery store has a sweet little floral shop in it – you are set! 

    No need to go to crazy lengths here to get a pretty centerpiece on your table. And no need to spend a lot of money either.  I created this holiday centerpiece with one bunch of red and white carnations (less than $6!) and with one bunch of really pretty coral-colored hypericum berries (under $7!). 

    I’ve always been drawn to that sweet coral, peachy, terra cotta color, and I was excited when I found these berries this time of year. So I definitely wanted to incorporate that into the bouquet.  

    Vase Holiday Centerpiece

    Here’s the trick with making your bouquets look full and lush and spread out …Use a vase with a SMALL OPENING. Or a small mouth. 

    All you have to do is separate your stems from your floral bunch and put each in the vase one at a time in a crisscross pattern.  Then it looks like flowers are just naturally spreading to each side rather than straight up and down.  It looks fuller overall and oh so pretty. 

    Finally, stick in your berries where you need that extra pop of color and texture.  This black vase I found on clearance at Target ties in with our black light fixture too.  And it’s low so you can still see the folks across the table from you.  (That’s a pet peeve of my husband. )

    Tableware

    Striped Napkins

    If there is one thing about my style that has stayed totally consistent, it’s our tableware.  From the time we got married and filled out our wedding registry, it’s generally been white plates and white serving dishes all the way.  I just love that they’ll go with anything and any season.  And as much as I would love some of those fancy gold and brass flatware, it’s just the simple “silver” silverware for us. 

    Striped Napkins

    Napkins

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

    I like to bundle my flatware with my napkins and secure them with a pretty bow.  I also love to give each bundle a sprig of rosemary or greens just to dress it up a bit more.  

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    Candles

    Since we are usually limited on space (ya know, small round table), simple tea lights or these small gold candle holders do the trick.  

    And that’s it! It’s simple but pretty and makes our little Christmas together feel special. 

    xo Karen