30+ Quilted Table Runner Ideas to Sew

quilted table runner

The start of holiday season is a great time to create some new table decorations. This year, we may not be hosting all the fun festivities that we normally do, but we still deserve something fresh and festive to look at!

Perhaps you want to make something holiday-specific, or perhaps now is the perfect time to simply give your table a new style. Whatever you’re in the mood for, a new table runner is an easy way to transform the look of your table setting.

Below, I’ve got my favorite tutorials for quilted table runners that will breathe new life into your decorating. Look for tutorials that are perfect for beginners as well as for tutorials designed for those looking for an advanced challenge. Check out tutorials for every holiday, as well as tutorials great for day-to-day use. Your table will never be boring again!

Burlap and Applique Table Runner

Fusible webbing isn’t eco-friendly, but the good news is that you don’t really need it! Satin stitching appliques is a little trickier, but gives the table runner a more finished look and is sturdy and washable.

Candy Corn Quilted Table Runner

I got obsessed with sewing candy corn stuff this past October–it’s such a weirdly easy way to make anything look Halloween-themed without having to buy novelty prints.

Christmas Tree Quilted Table Runner

Let a forest of evergreens inspire your holiday festivities!

Dessert First

Even though this tutorial calls for the use of a Cricut, careful cutting and applique will accomplish the same goal.

Easter Egg Table Runner

This is the perfect theme for stash-busting because Easter eggs are supposed to have chaotic colors and patterns!

Fall Charm Table Runner

I LOVE the unusual shape of this table runner, and its subtle autumn theming.

Fat Quarter Quilted Table Runner

fat quarter quilted table runner
Photo Courtesy of Polka Dot Chair

Using mostly fat quarters keeps this project quick and simple, while quilting it adds complexity and interest.

Folk Modern Table Runner

Stitch in the ditch to add some easy quilting embellishments to this pretty table runner.

French Braid Table Runner

This is such a pretty pattern that it’s hard to believe it’s so simple to create!

Gingham + Pumpkins Quilted Table Runner

I love that the pumpkins in this table runner aren’t all the traditional pumpkin color!

Merry and Cheer Christmas Table Runner

merry and cheer quilted table runner
Photo Courtesy of Polkadot Chair

This is a VERY cheerful Christmas table runner!

Hand-Quilted Table Runner

This table runner is by far the most time-consuming to make from this list, but it’s worth it!

Holiday Strip Table Runner

Here’s a great example of how simple color choice can turn any pattern into the theme of your choice.

Linen and Lace Table Runner

While this table runner is not conventionally quilted, you will be sewing lace embellishments to the top to add similar visual interest.

Log Cabin Quilted Table Runner

The log cabin is a great quilt block to start learning how to quilt, but also has plenty of scope for the imagination for you advanced quilters out there.

Maple Leaf Quilted Table Runner

If you like to have a printed pattern or tutorial, you’ll love this free pdf download!

“Meow” Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt

quilted cat table runner
Photo Courtesy of Create with Claudia

Learn or practice a somewhat advanced sewing skill while making a super cute cat-themed table runner. Add in some matching placemats and cloth napkins sewn from novelty cat prints, and you’ve got a complete–if quirky–look!

Nine-Patch Table Runner

The nine-patch quilt block is a classic, and an easy choice for also sewing matching placemats.

Patchwork Pumpkin Quilted Table Runner

To make this table runner festive for all of autumn, not just October, you could replace the black background fabrics with brown.

Olympics-Inspired Table Runner

Yes, this quilt is inspired by the Olympic rings, but it’s abstract enough to work for everyday use, as well.

Patchwork Hexagons

Get some practice with paper piercing without all the hand-sewing by making this cute hexagons-upon-hexagons table runner.

Paper Pierced Hexagons

hexagon table runner
Photo Courtesy of My Poppet

When you’re feeling more confident, make a full-on paper pierced hexagon table runner!

Poinsettia Table Runner

This table runner has some awesome dimensional effects.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner

Here’s a handy method for saving time while quilting.

Quilted Block Table Runner

Show off larger blocks of special fabric with this table runner. Incorporate a holiday print, or use pre-printed panels of fabric.

Reversible Table Runner

Don’t have a ton of extra storage space? You’ll love this table runner! Use one side for everyday, and the reverse side for special occasions.

Ruffled Jelly Roll Table Runner

This quilted table runner is extra fancy!

Scrap Fabric Table Runner

I love this tutorial that gives you a strategy for upcycling your random bits of stash fabric! If you’re not overly fussy about mitchy-matchy looks, you can easily come up with enough table runners to see you through all of your everyday meals.

Shamrock Quilted Table Runner

Here’s a beautiful, low-key table decoration for March!

Strip-Pieced Quilted Table Runner

Strip piecing is a great way to use up even narrow remnants of fabric.

Skewed Strip-Pieced Quilted Table Runner

The deliberately wonky stripes mean that nobody will notice if your place settings are crooked!

Skinny Batik Table Runner

The defined colorway of this table runner ensures it will match the rest of your decor, but the strip piecing lets you use up lots of stash.

Sweet Watermelon Quilted Table Runner

Here’s a sweet and fun table runner for your summertime table!

Twisted Pole Christmas Table Runner

My favorite sewn holiday decorations are ones that use the holiday’s color scheme but otherwise don’t make a big deal out of themselves. This red, white, and green table runner fits that bill perfectly!

Unpieced Table Runner

Here’s how to make a simple table runner with just one top fabric. The tutorial doesn’t include quilting, but doing so would really add to its visual interest!

Wild Poppy Applique Table Runner

Applique is a terrific way to add some vivid details to a quilted table runner.

Do you have a favorite handmade component of your table setting? If so, tell me about it in the comments below!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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