This past Thanksgiving, we decided to splurge a bit and grow up a bit by buying a new dining set to put in our dining room, where our pool table use to be. Anyway, the weekend just before Thanksgiving, I was browsing around Joann's and found this fabric that I liked and decided to make a table runner with it. I also found another fabric that was plain but I liked how it looked with the first fabric. However, I didn't really know how long my table was when I bought the fabric (we hadn't assembled the table yet) so I only bought 2 yards. Incidentally, this turned out to be a good mistake. :-) Instead of making it a solid fabric all the way across, I decided to cut it in half and put a small amount of the second fabric in the middle (like shown in the picture). Along side that, I also decided to make it reversible because I wanted some variety. Anyway, here's what I came up with.
1. I ended up using about 1 yard each of fabric (2), but it all depends on the size of your table or how long you want the table runner. to be. Cut the fabric so that there are 2 fabric pieces of each design with the size of 12" x 1 yard, as well as a 12" x 6" piece of each design.
2. Make each side of the table runner, by putting the the right side of Fabric A of the long fabric, with the right side of Fabric B with the short fabric on the 12" side. Sew the 12" side together. Put the other Fabric A long piece's right side to the same Fabric B short fabric piece, right side with the free 12" side together. Do the same with the remaining fabric. Something like this.
3. Put both the right sides of these fabrics together. Line up the short piece center fabric of each side, together. Pin them together so they don't move
4. Sew nearly all the way around, starting near the middle area, to ensure that the middle fabrics line up. Leave a 6" hole.
5. Iron on some fusible interfacing (optional) to make the runner more stable.Also, I actually did this earlier on (before step 4), but I think it works to do it here instead.
6. Going thru the 6" hole, flip the fabric outside out and iron the edges down.
7. Sew around the table runner to close up the 6" hole and to give it a sewn finish.
That's it... you're done. You now have a reversible runner. It's simple and it works. :-)