DIY Burlap Table Runner Tutorial

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DIY Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for any holiday! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

So, have you ever had one of those crafts that has a whole saga behind its creation? This DIY burlap table runner is one of those. I found this beautiful burlap with gold metallic dots that I am in love with, and I really really wanted to use it for my table runner! But it’s $15 a yard, and I just couldn’t justify spending $45 on burlap fabric for a table runner.

So I decided to get plain burlap and use gold paint to put dots on it myself. I thought I’d save a ton of money and get the same look for less. So simple, right? Apparently not! Little did I know how incredibly difficult it was going to be to get that same metallic gold dot look from paint on burlap. I must have tried every gold metallic paint our local craft stores offered, but with no luck. Once I painted the metallic paint on the burlap, it just didn’t have that same metallic sheen. It always ended up looking copper or dark yellow, with nothing metallic about it.

So when I was at the craft store for the tenth time, I found this shiny metallic ribbon and decided to forego the paint method and weave the ribbon through the burlap, which turned out wonderfully. I was originally disappointed my first idea didn’t pan out, but I am thrilled with the end result. Crafting lesson of the day: It might not turn out how you originally thought it would, but it could be even better!

I love this DIY burlap table runner because it is perfect for any holiday. I used a gold metallic ribbon for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you could also use some orange ribbon for Halloween, or some patriotic ribbon for the Fourth of July, etc. The options are endless!

And if you really want to get creative, you can switch out the ribbon for different holidays, thus creating an interchangeable table runner! Did I mention how much I love making interchangeable holiday decor? It saves so much time, money, and storage space. For more interchangeable holiday decor, check out my interchangeable wreath. It’s perfect for any holiday and season!

Materials Needed to Create DIY Burlap Table Runner

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

  • Burlap (see Step 1 to figure out how much burlap you’ll need)
  • Ribbon (long enough to run the length of your table runner twice)
  • Measuring tape
  • Fray Block (or other fray stopping product)
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Marker

Steps to Create DIY Burlap Table Runner

1. Measure your table to determine the size you want your table runner to be. To give you a guide for your measurements, I added 2 feet to the length of my table and divided the width of the table by 3. You can make yours shorter or longer or whatever size works for you and your table, that’s the beauty of DIY.

2. Cut your burlap to the size of the measurements you determined in Step 1. It is really important that you cut the burlap in straight, even lines, so check out my tutorial on how to cut burlap the right way to ensure you get a nice, straight cut for your table runner.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

3. To add fringe to the edges of your table runner, carefully remove a few rows of burlap. I wanted my table runner to have a little fringe on the edges, so I removed about 3 rows of burlap from the edges. If you want more fringe, remove more rows of burlap. If you don’t want fringe, then just leave the edges alone. If you prefer finished edges on your table runner, you can forego the Fray Block and use iron-on adhesive tape or just sew the edges under.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

4. Follow the directions on the tube of your Fray Block (or whatever anti-fraying product you are using), and apply it to the edges of the burlap. This will help ensure more rows of burlap don’t come out on their own. Let it dry.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

5. Measure and mark where you want to start your ribbon on the table runner. To give you an idea of placement, I ran my ribbon lengthwise about 1 inch from the edge and started it about 3 inches from the end of the burlap. Use your pen or marker to lightly draw a line the width of the ribbon at the end of the table runner. This is where you will make your first cut.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

6. Cut a slit in the burlap along the line you drew. Be very careful to only cut the burlap strands that run lengthwise along your line.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

7. Use your tape measure to follow the line you cut and continue cutting slits in the burlap on the same strands. I spaced my cuts so my ribbon is on top of the burlap for 4 inches and underneath for 2.5 inches. It’s up to you how often you want your ribbon to be above and below the burlap. Cut the slits for the entire length of the table runner and then repeat this on the opposite side.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

 

8. Cut 2 strands of ribbon as long as your table runner. Carefully weave your ribbon through the slits you cut on both sides of the table runner. Tie a knot in the ends of the ribbon on the bottom side of the table runner to ensure they stay in place.

DIY Holiday Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

9. Place your DIY burlap table runner on your table and admire your handiwork!

DIY Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for any holiday! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

Isn’t she pretty? I just love the ribbon weaving through the table runner. It is a wonderful shimmery metallic gold that picks up the light beautifully.

DIY Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for any holiday! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

And I love the fact that the gold ribbon is really appropriate for almost any holiday, but if I ever wanted to change it I could just pull the ribbon out and weave a new one through. Perfect!

DIY Burlap Table Runner- This burlap table runner is so pretty and perfect for any holiday! Get the full tutorial here! | decorbytheseashore.com

So tell me, what kind of table runner will be gracing your table this holiday?

LET'S BE FRIENDS!

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46 thoughts on “DIY Burlap Table Runner Tutorial

  1. Celeste, I just came from my blog where I commented and said pretty much the same thing. It seems we are two peas in a pod. You don’t know where your project will take you. And yours certainly turned out better than you expected. It’s like it has a mind of its own, we are not in control, but the materials are leading us to the best result possible… Am I making any sense here? Your runner looks fantastic! And the fact that you can change out the ribbon is icing on the cake!

    1. Celeste

      Thanks, Mary! It’s true, good crafters think alike! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out when my original idea didn’t work out, but I suppose that’s the beauty of crafting. You can use all sorts of materials and techniques to create it in a different way. The end result might be even better than you imagined!

  2. Your table runner turned out beautifully, even without gold dots. The simplicity of the ribbon is just lovely, and, like you pointed out, it will work with many different table decorations and seasons.

    1. Celeste

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I love it when a craft I thought wouldn’t turn out right ends up looking great. And I am a big fan of being able to use my holiday decor more than once a year!

  3. Well, I think that the ribbon idea seems like it may have turned out better than the metallic gold dots. I really love this. I actually bought a burlap runner in the same color and have been struggling for an idea to make it a little more special than just plain burlap. This is awesome inspiration!

  4. Gotta love burlap, can do so much with it. I had never used burlap until I found blogs. Luckily was introduced to how to cut burlap early in my venture with it. Love the price too and rustic look of it depending what you use with it.
    Your table runner is so pretty, love that ribbon. Have to ask you, did you use fray block on each side of your slits as you went down runner? Just wondered if burlap would fray at slits.
    When I started using burlap I hand sewed everything as was terrified of messing up my sewing machine. Later used the zigzag stitch on edges to stop the fraying as didn’t have any fray block.
    I have found I get general idea what I want to make but as project moves along it seems the project tells me what to do for best end results. I have made a determined plan as every time it gets changed as I go along and definitely turns out better in end, have learned to go by that premise when making things like table runner or pillow covers, for example. I am a very spontaneous crafter which has served me well in my life.
    I Love that ribbon you used, recognize it as some have purchased at Hobby Lobby on 1/2 off sales. I won’t buy ribbons or trims unless they’re on sale. Why pay more? Usually HL has ribbon 1/2 off at least twice a month so I do my buying accordingly. Hey my budget is living on SS so am careful to use coupons and watch sales in Sunday paper. My hubs teases me that I’d buy craft supplies before I’d buy groceries, hmm where are my priorities?
    We don’t have a dining area but i make table runners for coffee table, kitchen island, tv stand. Love making them, can you imagine hand sewing ruffles on each end? Takes me while but it gets done and keeps me out of cookie jar. I have since used my sewing machine but actually think like hand sewing instead.
    Hope you and family have wonderful Thanksgiving

    1. Celeste

      You are so right, Janeellen! Burlap is a very fun fabric to craft with if you know how to work with it, and the price is fantastic! I think I spent $6 on my burlap for this table runner, and I still have a bunch left over for other crafts. Very economical!

      So I did experiment with Fray Block on a few of the slits. I only put a little bit though because I didn’t want to fuse the slits back together. It didn’t really seem to make that much of a difference, so I stopped using it on the slits and just used it on the edges so it wouldn’t run out. I found that as long as you are careful when weaving the ribbon through the slits, you shouldn’t have any fraying. And it can’t really unravel or go anywhere since it’s just a small slit. Zig zag stitching is another way you can keep burlap from unraveling, but you will need to give your machine a good cleaning when you’re done!

      My husband would probably also agree with yours… he thinks I’d buy craft supplies before groceries! Haha, I just tell him the only reason I go to the craft store before the grocery store is that I can’t leave the groceries in the car, of course! But really, I try to be frugal with my all of my craft purchases. Everything I buy at the craft store is either on sale or I have a coupon. Almost all of the major craft stores have coupons you can find online, which helps save a lot of money!

      I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  5. This look gorgeous with the gold ribbon! Such a great and inexpensive project! Just pinned it! Thanks so much for linking them up to my craft party!! Hope to see you this Thursday at 7pm EST. again!

  6. I love your table runner, Celeste! I have some burlap and would love to make something similar but I have some doubt, have you washed it yet? I’m asking because of the strands, do they loose?
    Thanks for sharing with us at Two Uses Tuesday!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Celeste

      Thank you! I have not washed it since making it, but according to the instructions on the Fray Block, it is washable, so it should hold. I suppose worst case scenario, a few more rows of burlap come off the edges and you have a little more fringe! I would remove the ribbon before washing though so it doesn’t get twisted and misshapen. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving!! Thank you for sharing your post last week at our link party! I just wanted to let you know that I have chosen you as a feature for this week’s link party! Congratulations! The link party will start tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. EST so feel free to head on over there tomorrow, check out your feature, and grab a party button! Hope to see you there!
    ~Jen
    http://www.classyandcrafty.com

  8. I love burlap, but I’ve never had much luck in making anything with it. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week:-)

  9. I’ve had many projects that turn out better in my mind than they did when I actually went to do the project. I’m glad you went a different route with your project because it turned out beautifully!!! The ribbon through the burlap was a fantastic idea!!! :) I love that it’s so versatile for any season!!

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