Step-by-Step Video Tutorial: How to Sew a Halloween Table Runner

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial: How to Sew a Halloween Table Runner

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Halloween Table Runner - wide

So cute it’s scary!

A Halloween Table Runner is a versatile decoration for your home. You can use it on a table (obviously!), drape it over a bookcase, sofa table and more.

In this video tutorial I’ll walk you through ALL the steps to make this from start to finish using 3 of the 6 designs from my October Placemat Panel from Riley Blake Designs as well as two Economy Quilt Blocks. You can use the same steps and make a table runner for every month of the year if you want to using any of the Monthly Placemat Panels and coordinating fabric.

If you’ve never made a quilt block  – don’t worry!

This is a forgiving block that’s great for beginners and I’ll walk you through all the steps.

This is one of my longer sewing tutorials but I’ve added lots of time stamps to different topics so you can watch the whole thing and then be able to easily jump around and find the part you need.



Halloween fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs


Fabric shown in this tutorial are my October Ghosts prints from Riley Blake Designs.

Halloween Table Runner Supply List


00:00 introduction
00:29 Supply List
00:32 How to make an Economy Quilt Block
03:58 Tips for straight seams
07:42 Use spray starch to help fabric hold shape
10:42 Assemble blocks and placemat images
11:24 Cut border fabric
12:04 How to use a rotary cutter and ruler correctly
13:05 Add side borders
13:53 Piece top and bottom border fabrics
15:28 Add top and bottom borders
17:07 Prepare backing fabric
17:29 Layer backing, batting and table runner top
18:35 Pin layers together
20:00 Choosing thread color for quilting

21:45 Using a walking foot for quilting
22:00 Baste table runner
22:30 Stitch in the Ditch quilting
23:20 Quilting Gloves
24:00 Machine Quilting Tips
26:19 Free Motion Quilting
27:50 Trim quilted table runner
28:13 Bind the table runner
29:10 How to miter quilt binding corners
30:14 How to match quilt binding
33:02 Press finished binding
34:32 A few ways to sew binding to the backing
35:02 Baste quilt binding with tape or Elmer’s glue
36:54 Machine stitching binding

Love this idea?

Leave a comment and let me know if you will be making a table runner for Halloween or for another occasion. If you post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed) if you use this tutorial so I can see what fabric you used.

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🧵 Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!



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