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Grain Sack Stripe Table Runner

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I’m so glad to be back again, sharing another DIY project with you lovely Domestically Speaking readers! I’m Sarah and I blog about DIY projects and home decor over at Little Red Brick House. This time I wanted to show you how I made a pretty grain sack stripe table runner from a drop cloth. It’s such a quick and easy project that you can complete in no time at all. My favorite!

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

First, I needed to cut my drop cloth to the right dimensions of my dining table. I measured the length of my table and added about 8 inches to that number so that I’d have about 4 inches of overhang on each side. I wanted there to be about 6 inches of space on each side of the runner, so I measured the width of the table and subtracted 12 inches from that number to get my width. You will want to leave an inch of extra fabric on all four sides to accommodate for your hem. Which brings me to my next step. I hemmed all four sides with a half inch sized hem. I like to fold my ends under two times so that when I sew I have a clean hem and not a frayed edge hanging out.

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Next, I taped the lines for my grain sack stripes using painter’s tape. I taped one long stretch of tape down each side of the length of the runner and then taped two more lines about 1 centimeter away from each side of the first tape line. It’s easier to see what I’m talking about instead of describing it.

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

I took some black paint and dabbed it onto the drop cloth in between my tape lines. Be sure you have a sheet of plastic or cardboard under the drop cloth because the paint will bleed through and you don’t want to mess up your floors or whatever surface you’re working on.

After the paint dried I peeled it off and ran the table runner through the wash and low-heat dry cycle so that the paint would soften up and the black paint lines wouldn’t look so stark. I think it makes it look more authentic this way. All done!

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Grain Sack Table Runner | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

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17 Comments

  1. I love the idea of making the grain sack runner out of drop cloth-but I’m not much of a sewer! I’, not sure if it will work as well, but maybe I’ll try hemming it by using the iron on tape or fabric glue. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, CD! I think the iron on tape or fabric glue would work out ok. I’m not sure if you can wash it after, though. I would think maybe the glue would give a better hold in that case.

  2. I love this! It looks so classic and elegant. I can’t believe making it is so simple (okay, may be except for the sewing part, but then again I’m always daunted by the sewing machine). Love the double lines and the possibility of doing different pattern with the painter’s tape.

    1. Thank you, Veronika! I really think you could get away with using some iron on hemming tape instead of sewing. I’m not sure how it would work out if you needed to wash it, though. The sewing wasn’t too bad. If I can do it, I know anyone can. I am a horrible seamstress, LOL!

    1. It’s so fun and you could totally make them in different colors. Red would be beautiful!

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