Esme Clemo explains how to make a pretty patchwork table runner in seven stages

Patchwork table runner

A patchwork table runner will bring a pretty edge to any family dinner or lunch with friends.

This project will take around two hours and is best suited to someone with an intermediate to advanced level of sewing knowledge.

You will need:

✤ 42 square Moda charm pack or fabric scraps cut into 12.5 x 12.5cm squares
✤ 55 x 150cm backing fabric
✤ 55 x 150cm cotton batting
✤ Matching sewing thread
✤ Cutting mat
✤ Rotary cutter
✤ Quilter’s ruler
✤ Sewing needle

1. Spread out the charm pack squares and, using our image as a guide, position the pieces into the shape of the runner.

2. Pin and sew one row at a time, stitching the squares together with right sides facing and 5mm seam allowances. Press the seams open. Repeat until every row of charm squares has been pieced together.

3. Pin and sew the rows together, making sure to match up the seams, with right sides facing and 5mm seam allowances. Press the seams open and repeat until the patchwork has been completely pieced.

4. Layer the backing fabric on top of the batting with right sides facing up. Place the patchwork table runner on top with right sides facing down. Smooth the pieces flat and scatter pin the layers together.

5. Machine-stitch around the edges with a 5mm seam allowance, leaving one of the shorter edges open for turning through. Clip into the corners and trim any excess batting and backing fabric.

Turn the runner right sides out, making sure to push into the corners, and press flat.

6. Turn the unsewn edge in to create a 5mm seam allowance and slipstitch the opening closed.

7. If you want to quilt the table runner, as we did, tack through all the layers and then topstitch around the edges with a 5mm seam allowance. Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and sew a pattern of freestyle swirls across the whole runner.