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

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🧵 Tara Reed

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St Patrick's Day table runner made with Fabric Placemat Panels and shamrock fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

Today I want to show you another way to use placemat panels for you home: make a placemat table runner.

Put a placemat on either end and a coordinating fabric in the middle and you can make a statement piece for your any table in a few hours.

For this tutorial I used 2 of the 6 St Patrick’s Day placement images and one of the 3 shamrock prints from the March Monthly Placemat Panel I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

Here’s how I made the Placemat Table Runner

St Patrick's Day table runner made with Fabric Placemat Panels and shamrock fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

SUPPLIES for 80″ runner

  • 1 Placemat Panel
  • 1 yard fabric for the front
  • 1 1/3 yards fabric for the back
  • 82″ x 19″ batting

OPTIONAL: If you want to do traditional quilt binding you need 5 1/2 strips at 2 1/2″ x WOF. Sew together and press in half to create binding. You will need about 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding


The width of the table runner is decided by the placemat so the finished width is 18 1/2″. You can make your runner any length you want with the fabric you put in between the 2 placemats. I measured my table and decided I wanted mine to be 80″ long.

First I chose the two placemats I wanted for either end of the runner. I decided to use two of the images with sayings: “In this house we create our own luck!” and “Friends and Family can always be found at the end of the Rainbow”.

TRIM the fabric panel with 1/4″ all the way around each design. After sewing they will be 11″ high for a total of 22″ of the 80″ length.

CENTER FABRIC: Then I chose the shamrock fabric on white for the center of the table runner and determined I needed 58 1/2″ long (the 1/2″ is for the seam allowance) x 18 1/2″ wide. I made this from 2 pieces of fabric, cutting a piece of fabric 29 1/4″ long and then trimming to 18 1/2″ wide.

CUT a piece of batting slightly larger than you need. I used 82″ x 19″.

Because I wanted a more modern look and a faster projects, I didn’t use traditional binding but just layered the fabrics and turned them right side out.

LAYER: batting, backing (face up) and top (face down). Pin and sew around the sides with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening on one of the long sides to turn.

TRIM any excess batting, TURN and PRESS. PRESS the fabric from the opening under so you won’t see it after topstitching.

TOPSTITCH all the way around the table runner 1/8″ from the sides.

QUILT aș desired.

That’s it – you’re done!

It took under 3 hours from start to finish and will be a fun addition to my St Patrick’s Day decor. This can be done for any season – get 2 of each of the Monthly Placemat Panels and make both table runners AND placemats for each month of the year!

The fabrics used in this tutorial are March Placemat Panel and shamrock prints from the Monthly Placemat Program by Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. Happy Sewing!

☘️ Tara Reed