Friday, June 29, 2012

Pottery Barn 4th of July Table Runner- How To

Did you see this adorable table runner at Pottery Barn?
I loved it the second I saw it and wanted it sooooo bad!  Then I looked at the price tag... $69 plus tax (and shipping if you need to order it).  Ugh.  I couldn't justify that, especially since I was there buying things that were more practical and useful, and this once a year table runner did not fall into that category.  So I decided I had to make my own, and I did it for $15, and in less than an hour!  I spent a total of $30 on supplies and will be making the matching flag pillows this weekend.  Here's how I got my PB runner (it is EXACTLY the same, their picture editing makes the blue look darker, but in real life they are identical), for a fraction of the price...
First- Order your blue flag fabric.  I had to order it online.  It's by Moda and it's for this adorable quilt I'm actually making called Quilts of Valor.  I've linked the words Order your fabric to an ebay site that carries it.  I'm sure there are several, just search for it..  I'd get 1/2 a yard to be safe.  Then you just need high quality muslin for the white and a deeper, richer plain red fabric (not christmassy red).  You need  about a 1/2 yard of each of those fabrics for the front and extra muslin for the back, so a total of 1 yard of muslin.  There's your $15.
Now it's time to sew.
*Cut your piece of the blue with white stars to measure 18 inches long and 11 inches wide.
*Now cut your red and white fabric into 3 inch strips.  You'll need 6 long strips of each color.  Alternating between the red and white, sew all of your strips together.
*Then cut the strips at 18 inches and take what you cut off and sew that chunk of red and white stripes to the ones you already have.  You need 21 red and white stripes that are 18 inches long. (You can make your runner as long/short as you want.  You can increase the blue bunting part and increase/decrease how many strips to add, this is just the size I made and it's pretty awesome)
*Now sew your strips to your blue fabric.
*Trim all your loose threads and iron the top
*Cut a piece of muslin 18 inches long and  59 1/2 inches wide.  (sew pieces of muslin together, if needed, to get 1 solid piece this size for your backing)
*Put the pretty side of your runner face down against your muslin back piece.  Sew 1/4 seam allowance all the way around the edge, and leave a small hole about 4-5 inches long.  Take your hand and reach inside the whole and pull the fabric out (flipping it inside out).  The pretty part of your table runner should now be on the outside and all seams on the inside except for your hole.
*Iron the runner and fold in the fabric along the hole so there are no raw edges.
*Now you are gong to top stitch 1/4 inch all around the entire table runner top, including over the hole.
*Trim your threads and you are done!
 Enjoy your Pottery Barn Runner.  Now I'm off to make the matching pillows :-)

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  1. It is BEAUTIFUL! Love it, pinning it!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  2. Shared you on Facebook this morning

    And will be featuring you in the July 4th spectacular on the blog tomorrow morning! Can you tell I'm in love with this? ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up <3 Christina

  3. This turned out great! I hope you'll add this to my Patriotic Project Parade going on through July 4th.


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