Sew and quilt a handmade tablerunner - a diy project | Brooke Sellmann | Skillshare

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Sew and quilt a handmade tablerunner - a diy project

teacher avatar Brooke Sellmann, quilt designer, blogger

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      intro to sew and quilt a handmade tablerunner


    • 2.

      fabric prep


    • 3.

      arranging squares


    • 4.

      sewing squares into rows


    • 5.

      sewing rows together


    • 6.

      making a quilt sandwich


    • 7.

      quilting the runner


    • 8.

      trimming and prepping binding


    • 9.

      sewing on binding


    • 10.

      handsewing binding


    • 11.

      the finish


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In this class we will talk about fabric selection, prepping and making a handmade tablerunner.  If you are new to sewing and quilting and would like a great beginner project, then this is your class.  I will take you through a step by step process for a fabulous handmade tablerunner.  We will talk some about using a rotary cutter and ruler, color placement, basic quilting using a walking foot and attaching binding.

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Brooke Sellmann

quilt designer, blogger


Welcome! Fresh and Fun is the focus for Silly Mama Quilts of which I am the owner. This shop and blog was born out of a difficult time in my life when my brother passed away 7+ years ago. As a way to shower his wife and children with love, I made quilts and quilted projects. I so enjoyed working with fabrics and colors that they liked and were outside my comfort zone. I then became passionate about creating fun and fresh projects. The wide variety of fabrics and designers makes this an amazing job. I currently design projects for Melissa Ybarra/Iza Pearl Design, Tamara Kate Design, Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs, Alison Glass, Gina Martin Design.

The name for my business came from having four children who range in age from 12 to 29. I began quilting when my oldest was two, so... See full profile

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1. intro to sew and quilt a handmade tablerunner: I work here from Silly Mama Quilts and I today and going to teach you how to take five inch charm squares along with some backing fabric, some batting, some thread, a walking foot, a ruler and a rotary cutter and turn it all into a fabulous handmade table runner. I hope that you'll stay with me. 2. fabric prep: So now we're going to do some fabric press. We have our charm squares term squares come five inches square. And in this project, I like to work with a little bit smaller size. So I am going to trim all of the 42 squares that come in a charm pack. I'm gonna trim them down 24 inches using my rotary cutter. So, um, here's my stack. Here's my squares and I You can trim two at a time. Um and I just think that it's gonna make this'll project just a nicer size, But you can certainly leave them at the the five inches, so once I have Oh, my, uh, squares trying down to the four inches. Then we're going Teoh, begin toe. Lay them out. Oops. You wanna not move your ruler until you make sure you've gotten your squares? All cut. So there you can see what my squares look like at this point, and now we're ready to start laying them out 3. arranging squares: So now we're ready for the next step. I've begun laying out my table runner using squares using that squares. Excuse me. And as you can see, and pretty random about color placement, this runner is going to be four squares across and then 10 squares down the side. So as we go along here, I also like to twist and turn my prints, especially if they're directional. So that there some variety 1234 by six. Okay, it's We have the runner. Oh, arranged on the floor. We're these squares so that we can begin so that together. Okay, so in order to pick them up, what I like to do is number and I have some sticky notes, and I've written the each the number of each row. So 123 and then I go and just loosely pick up the squares in order but the sticky note on top and do that for each of the rose. Then I will take the's stacks of squares to my sewing machine to begin sewing them together 4. sewing squares into rows: So now we're going to start sewing are squares together, Remember, we pick them up in rows, um, and made little stacks. So and I have a foot on my sewing machine called 1/4 inch foot. It has a little lip at the bottom that helps serve as a guy. Teoh, help me make an accurate quarter inch. Whatever you decide to do, just be as consistent as possible. Now, this blue dot square is my first square, so I like to put a pin in the one side of it so that I remember what is my beginning square . So I'm gonna take thes two squares, put them right sides together, and then I'm going to send them together. If you've never quoted piece to quote before, you pretty much don't have to do the backstop. If you were used to selling garments, leave a little bit of a tail and then open it up. And here was the next square and do the same thing again. And then you're gonna want to do this for all can of your rose. And once you, um, Sona road together, I would advise or recommend that you re attach the number so that you remember the order that your rose are in. So that as you So you're quilt together, which will be our next step for our runner together. That you remember? No. Which road comes where and how you had them laid out. Okay, so here is our row. Looks like that. And I'm going to put my number back on this one. And now I'm ready, Toso, the next road together. 5. sewing rows together: Okay, so here you can see our squares air all sewn into rows. And then I've gone ahead and press them. And, um, I alternated the direction that I pressed the seams so that when we begin to so Ros together, the seams will interlock and everything will line up nicely. And also, just as I had mentioned in the last video, I have left my numbers on so that I know where um, I am at So let's begin by, um, having row number one and again, I'm gonna leave a pin up there so that I know and I'm going to take row number two. It's going Teoh line up like this, going to take that pin out and then I'm going to fold the's right sides together. We're going to line up thes seems so that they go the opposite direction and interlock so that you have a nice finished, um, squares. They're not jagged and they nest in together with one another on, and I kind of make sure that there close together, even if that means that there's a little bit of a gap. Um, with my other squares, that's kind of how it's gonna look and then I'm gonna begin. Um, and I'm going to go ahead and so that together again, I'm gonna So it I'm with my quarter inch foot. Once I get Teoh close to where the seam is, I'm going to kind of hold it there and guided. I removed the pins. I don't like to. So over my pins, there's these air close together is far in some. There isn't a lot of these that you have to do one side or the other. Okay? And when you open this up, here is how your rose line up together. And when I press this, um, seem I'm actually going to presage open just to reduce the amount of bulk because of all these different Seems so, I'm gonna be pressing it open, so I'm going to go ahead now. And so all the rest of these rows in tow one unit 6. making a quilt sandwich: so our runner top is all together. And now we're ready for what I call to make a quilt sandwich. I laid my runner top on top baddie and going to just, uh, cut a piece of batting. Not gonna be super close to the edge is one thing I do want to mention is how important it is to press your project. Well, I will show you here in just a moment. This project looks like this on the back side and the nicer you press, the flatter your seems late, the nicer you're finished, Project will turn out. Okay, So now we're gonna take the top and the baddie and we're going to just lay it are backing. I went ahead and iron the piece of backing. I also kind of roughly estimated the amount that will need. Now I'm going to take some safety pins and I like to do a method called pin basting. So I am going to every other square pin these layers together. You can see them on the back side. I have to hold this. All three of these pieces the back, the batting and the top together while I'm prepping to cook them. And then also, while I am Quilty. So once I have this step finished, then I'm going to move my project to the sewing machine to do some simple machine quot. 7. quilting the runner: So the next step in our project is to quilt it. And we talked in the very first entry video intro video about using a walking foot and quilting on my machine. So my walking foot is on, and I am doing just very gradual curbs. Um, I just kind of alternate. As I come to my safety pins, I pull them out, and I'm just going to be doing that for, uh, all of the quilted piece. It's going to take a little bit. You can vary the whip of your curves, these air about five or six stitches wide, and then, once all this is all quilted, then will proceed to the next step. 8. trimming and prepping binding: Okay, we're ready now to begin the finishing part of our project. As you can see, our table runner is all tilted. You can also see that I have trimmed up several of these size, and that is done for. At least I like to do it just by, um, mining things up with, um, a ruler and, uh, your rotary cutter and try me on. The other thing that we're gonna talk about is finding I cut some binding strips 2.5 inches wide by full length of the fabric, a Houston yardage. And I just like to major how many strips we're gonna need. And in this project, we're going to need three strips cut 2.5 inches wide. So here is some binding I wanted to talk to you about So my two strips are sewn together with a 45 degree edge. Seem so that when you open them up, it's one long piece. So this other seem I've already trimmed impressed. The other thing that I do with binding is cut a 45 degree angle at one end, and then I press my binding strips. So with wrong sides together matching up the raw edges, and then I will be ready to begin sewing the binding onto the project 9. sewing on binding: Okay, now we're ready to so on are binding. I folded it in half. Ironed it in half, except for the beginning tail. I'm gonna line up, uh, raw edges to rot edges. I'm going to use my quarter inch foot again. Um, now, keep in mind, this is just my method of, um, doing binding. And if you find another method that you like better some people like to after the so did on the machine is turn it over, and And so, the other side of the machine, I I personally prefer to do some hand stitching. Um, I just like how my binding looks. And I like that quality of the finish. Now, one of the things I wanted to point out was, when you get close to the end, I use is so engaged marked at 1/4 inch, which is the width of my seem. And I am gonna put a pin in here. So I'm gonna so down here to just opposed to the pin back stitch. And I'm going to hold this out, and then hopefully I can show you. So you have a 45. I pull this binding up at that 45 degree angle using my thumb, and then I pull it back over the top and make sure that there's a folded edge there that, uh, is flush or even with the raw edge of the bind their of the runner. And then I started the edge back stitch and sew over the top of that and then keep on doing that all the way around the edge of the runner. One of the other things I will make a comment on is many people have different methods for what to do when you get back here to the beginning. With this piece, you can slip the end that you're sewing around into it and and full this so that you have a nice finished look with the other end slipped in, or you can join them together like I like. I prefer to do so. I'm going to finish sewing this and then I'll show you about talk to you about here and so we 10. handsewing binding: Okay, So my runner now is God binding on it all the way around. And I finished my, um, edges so that they are all one. Now, what I like to do is turn my finding to the back side. And, um, there's a few little tricks. Um, I'm not sure if you can see it, but you can see the row of stitching I like to do hand work. As I said, this is probably the only things I hate. Will spend some time doing hand stitching. So I turn my binding. I have just a regular needle with a single thing of thread. Very simple. But I turned my binding to the backside with the folded edge. And I use my, um, line of stitching as my guide for sowing my binding down. And I'm just going to do a very simple, um, slip stitch. It's not anything, Um, real tricky. Um, I just like how it, uh, makes my finish project. Look, so I'm just going to be doing that along the way around my runner. Yeah, it does take a bit of time. Um, but I find that I enjoy it. Plus, I end up with time where I'm waiting for my Children. So I'm gonna do that all the way around. This one thing I am going to talk I want to show you is that when you get to these corners , see on the front how they look well, when you go to fold them on the back, you're going to fold them opposite of how they are on the front. So let me see if I can show that this to you. So I bring this down, I extended out, and then I, uh, fold the corner. It may take a little bit of trial and error to get it. You could, um, put a pin in. Were you how you want that to go? So that then when you get up here, um, are working very well. Um, you have it already pinned how you want it. But this is, um, how you want it to look so that the bulk is opposite how it is on the front for how it is on the back. So I am going to do some hand work, and then our project will be done and I'll show you that my finished runner 11. the finish: And now we've come to the end of our class. Here is our completed project, complete with the binding hands own down. And now you're ready to enjoy your fabulous hand A table runner. I hope that you'll join me again for our next class.