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Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to make a Pumpkin Table Runner or Placemat for Halloween


Getting ready for Halloween this year I prepared these pumpkin table runners / placemats.

Here's how they're made:

First you need to prepare a simple template. The tabe runners should be symmetric, therefore I cut half a pumpkin from paper and placed it onto the folded fabric. I traced the outline of the pumpking and cut through both layers. This needs to be done with the fabric, backing and batting.

Then you place the batting on the table, the backing on top of it right side up and the top fabric last right side facing down.

Clip or pin together and sew all the way around the pumpkin starting at the top and leaving a big enough space for the stem.

Clean the edges leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Then turn the runner right side out through the opening for the stem. Now the fabric and backing should be on the outside with the backing hidden between the two layers.

 The stam is made from green felt. Cut a rectangle that's fits the table runner and insert it into the opening. Then fold the seam allowance on both sides (front and backing) towards the inside and pin in place. Attach with a straight stitch.

 The pumpkin structure is created with quilting.

If you want a simple pumpkin you're done. 

Otherwise you can personalize your Halloween table runner or placemat with embroidery.

This is what the backing lookes like (the green one is the table runner with the embroidery).

Here are the two runners together on the table:

Have you made a project following this tutorial? Let me know what you think. Did you like it? Was it easy to understand and to follow? Do you have any suggestions?
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