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How to Sew a Table Runner + Free Cut Files

I'm going to admit something today.  Something that might surprise you.

I LOVE football.


I'll admit another thing.  Sometimes I enjoy the idea of football more than watching football.

Basically that means that I don't necessarily have to watch a football game.  I'd rather be in the kitchen making snacks or sewing up a football inspired DIY table runner.
Follow this free pattern and step by step tutorial to learn how to sew a table runner revolving around your favorite sports team or season.
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Don't get me wrong.  I really enjoy a good football game.  But when life is so busy, sometimes justifying sitting down for 4 hours makes me cringe.

I could be SEWING!!!

I know, I could move my machine and watch the game.  But it would be to loud and all my guests would want to throw footballs and my head.

However, I do get a lot of enjoyment out of making football inspired projects.  Like this fun stadium seat pattern I shared over on the Sulky blog.

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I'll admit one other crazy truth.  I am NOT a quilter.

Sure, I can sew and I could figure it out.  But I don't really enjoy it.  So many pieces.  All the same size.  To make a design.  Nope.  Just not my thing.

Occasionally, I will channel my inner quilter and come up with a project.

Follow this free pattern and step by step tutorial to learn how to sew a table runner revolving around your favorite sports team or season.

I thought today I'd share this quick and easy table runner pattern.  It works great if you want to make your own football themed decor OR use it to go with your other fall sewing projects.

How to Sew a Table Runner

Materials Needed

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Follow the diagram above for cutting out your fat quarters.  I actually only used 4 fat quarters as my "football fabric" had several different designs.  Make the fabric work for you.

The finished pattern should measure about 40 x 18.

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Step 1
With Right Sides Together (RST), stitch 2 of pieces E to piece D.

Repeat with other pieces D and E.


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Step 2
Match the long side of piece B to the sewn D/E piece.  Stitch the pieces together.

Repeat step with opposite pieces B and D/E.


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Step 3
Place RST of piece A and piece C along the long edge.  Stitch together.  Repeat with opposite side.  Press.
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Step 4
Match the D/E piece to the short edge of A/C.  Make sure right sides are together.  Stitch in place.

 Repeat with opposite side.

Press all pieces nice and flat.

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Step 5
Use a rotary cutter and self healing cutting mat to trim your block so that all 4 sides are straight and even.

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Step 6
On a flat surface, place the backing fabric with wrong side up.  Layer the batting and the quilted top over the backing.  Pin 3 layers together.

Stitch the 3 layers together by stitching in the ditch.

Use the rotary cutter to trim the 3 layers so they are the same size.

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Step 7
Unfold the bias tape.  Match the right side of the tape to the right side of the back of the runner.  Stitch the bias tape to the runner. 

Make sure to miter your corners like the GIF above shows.  Or watch the video in the post to see a close up on how to miter your corners.  Make sure your ad blockers are off or you won't be able to see the video.

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Step 8
Turn the bias tape toward the front of the runner and pin.  Stitch the bias tape down.

Press table runner well.

There you have it!!

A fun and easy table runner for all your football and team spirit needs.

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Of course, my runner wasn't quite done.  I used a solid piece A because I wanted to add a football saying to the center.  I toggled between Game on and 'Tis the Season.

My husband liked "Game ON".   I used some HTV vinyl to press it to the center.

I also needed a helmet because....football.

You can grab both files below for free.


If you don't already have a cutting machine, you should invest in one.  Seriously LIFE CHANGING.

I'm not exaggerating.  I've done so many cool projects since I got my machines.  It is worth it.

Not sure what machine to get.  Check out our post on Cricut or Silhouette.

Follow this free pattern and step by step tutorial to learn how to sew a table runner revolving around your favorite sports team or season.

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