Xcut table runner

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 17 Feb, 2017

Fancy your hand (or sewing machine) at English paper piecing? Why not combine Xcut dies with fabric to create this patchwork table runner, perfect year round table displays! Grab your favourite print dies and Santoro fabric paints, and get stitching!

1. Select four different colours of your favourite Santoro Fabric Paints. Die cut the Xcut Floral Tile Die and Folk Tree Large Dies out of chalkboard sheets several times, popping out all of the fiddly die-cut bits. (Advice for later: you can cut two hexagons out of the floral tile and one from the folk tree). Peel off the sticky backing and fix onto your fabric. We picked a linen, but any non-stretch fabric will do. Paint through the gaps with your fabric paints, making sure to use a fairly flat-bristled brush to avoid the paint seeping under the stencil.

2. To achieve different shades, mix your fabric paints, adding more black or white to each hue until you have around eight different colours. Continue peeling off the die-cuts and re-adhering along the fabric before painting through the gaps again. (The great thing about the chalkboard sheets is that they’re easily wipeable!). Repeat until you have enough for around 40 hexagons.

3. While your fabric dries, die cut an acetate hexagon from the third-smallest hexagon nesting die. Use the second smallest one to make a cardstock hexagon. Draw around the small hexagon onto the acetate shape with a marker pen. This will allow you to see where the pattern will lie on your finished shapes, and what will be your seam allowances (which can be plain). Trim around the acetate hexagon on your fabric until they’re all cut out. (Equally, you could die cut each one, just ensure that you’ve worked out where the pattern sits beforehand, using your acetate template).

4. Pin the small cardstock hexagon to the centre of the reverse side of your first shape. Fold one edge inwards; fold over the next one to the right and overlap the corners. Stitch twice to keep them secure, making sure that you only catch the fabric and not the cardstock. Move your way around the edges, sewing the corners around the paper shape. When secured, unpin and remove the paper. You should have a hexagon with the raw edges secured inwards. Repeat with each one.

5. Once all stitched, cut two pieces of linen (or whatever fabric you’ve been using) and one piece of wadding to 100 x 30cm. Sandwich together. Position your hexagons in a rough arrangement, pinning them in place. From this point, there are two options: if you’re handy with a sewing machine, quilt the hexagons individually, otherwise use a glue gun and adhere them in place.

6. When your shapes are finally all attached, trim the edges of your table runner to make it even and finish with a thin binding.

Project and how-to instructions by Lorna Slessor. Project originally published in the November issue (76) of docrafts Creativity magazine. Why not check out the video how-to in the sidebar?

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