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(note: all seam allowances are ¼”)
1. Using your rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler, cut (8) 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” rectangles from each of the coordinating fabrics (48 total).
2. Create a 2 ¼” x 34 ½” strip of fabric by sewing eight of the rectangles together along the short sides, varying the fabrics used. Create five more strips in the same way, changing the order of the fabrics for each strip. Press all seams open.
3. Lay the strips side by side on your cutting mat, and change the position of the strips so that the seams are offset (see close up). The edges of the strips won’t line up.
4. Once the position of the strips has been determined, sew the strips together to form the front of the table runner. Press all seams open.
5. Using your rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, trim the table runner so that it is 32 ¾” long.
6. Iron the fabric stabilizer onto the back of the table runner front. Trim the excess stabilizer from the piece using your rotary cutter.
7. Cut (8) 1 ½” squares from the fabric chosen for the back
8. Using an appliqué stitch, randomly appliqué the squares onto the front of the table runner.
9. Topstitch 1/8” from the edge of each side of the seams running the length of the table runner, going around each of the 1 ½” squares when necessary.
10. For the back and binding: Using your rotary cutter, cutting mat, and acrylic ruler, cut (2) 32 ½” x 1 ¼” strips, (2) 11 ¼” x 1 ¼” strips, and a 13” x 32 ¾” piece from the appropriate fabric.
11. Sew a short strip to each short edge of the table runner front. Press seams open.
12. Sew a long strip to each long edge of the table runner front. Press seams open.
13. Wrong sides together, sew the table runner front to the table runner back, leaving a three inch opening.
14. Turn the runner right side out, and press in ¼” edge along the opening. Hand stitch the opening closed.
¼ Yard each of six coordinating fabrics
½ Yard of matching fabric for binding and backing
12” x 31” piece of Iron-on Fabric stabilizer