completely ready totally unprepared for Thanksgiving on Thursday? I was too busy preparing my 2014 Favorite Things gift guide (seriously, y’all, it’s full of really quality gifts – check it out here) and the HUGE giveaway. I love you guys so much, I’m giving away over $500 in prizes – go enter to win!
In all fairness, I have bought the turkey, and it is thawing in my fridge as we speak (at least I sure hope it is!), but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten. That and this gorgeous table runner I made yesterday.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll notice that the dining room has been receiving a facelift. More on that soon, I promise. In the meantime, I think this burlap table runner is the perfect little touch to our dining room and will grace the Thanksgiving table beautifully.
Even better, it was just a few dollars worth of burlap about about 10 minutes to make. Definitely a DIY win.
To make your own, you simply buy enough burlap for the length of your table plus 15-40″ – depending on how much you want to hang down on the ends. I made mine long enough to cover the entire table when both leaves are in (since that’s the way it is when we have big parties), allowing just a few inches to hang down. I didn’t want it pooling in the lap of the poor person sitting on the end.
The great thing about a table with leaves, though, and this burlap runner is that when the table is smaller, when the extra chairs are put away, and it’s just our family of five, I can enjoy a beautiful gathered end.
I tucked just a few sprigs of dried lavender in the jute I used to tie it, and it looks lovely and smells heavenly.
But I promised a tutorial, so here we go. Determine your length and buy that much burlap. Determine your width by laying it on your table and going with what feels right. Add approximately 3/4″ and mark that spot. Here’s the special trick: do not just cut straight down. Burlap is so loosely woven that you need to follow the weave. To do so, simply pull the string at the place where you want to cut. It will probably break a few times, but that’s ok. Just find it again and keep pulling. Once it’s all the way out, you have a clear line to follow when cutting.
And your table runner is made. SO easy, right? Here’s how to finish it. See how the finished side of the burlap (on the right in the first image below) has a little fringe, but the side you just cut (on the left) does not? Just pull off 4-5 threads to create the desired amount of fringe on the side you cut. Make it match the pre-finished side. Repeat for each short ends, and feel free to trim, if needed, especially on the short ends.
Total aside: isn’t that gray simply stunning? Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with gray?
Back to the subject at hand: what do you think? Worth the few dollars and 15 minutes? Now to
plan Thursday’s menu, set the table, clean the house, … enjoy my new runner and put my feet up. Tomorrow will take care of itself. 😉 I hope.
What do you have left to do before Thursday?
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