Friday, September 20, 2013

DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runners DIY Wedding / Home Decor

Easy No-Sew Burlap Table Runners (video tutorial). Great for DIY Wedding or Home Decor & also works with other fabrics!

Well I'm getting down to the wire with only 15 days to go now! I've got all the big things taken care of for the wedding and thankfully I'm finally getting to work on the fun stuff - all my DIY decorations and wedding decor.

I knew I wanted some burlap table runners but I don't sew. Well, I totally would, but I haven't bought myself a sewing machine yet, so for now I don't sew.  I do have a handful of friends who do (and my mom too, of course) but I didn't want to burden anyone with a big project so last minute (I need to make runners for at least 10 tables), so I started shopping around, thinking I could probably just buy some.

I couldn't believe the prices on some of these things! Some up to $50 each for an 8 foot burlap table runner! I don't even think I'd want to spend $20 each...So you know me, I'd rather spend the time to make something than get ripped off, lol!

So without further ado, here is my video tutorial showing the step by step process for these adorable and very inexpensive Easy DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runners! (< click to watch the video on YouTube if you are on a mobile device or otherwise unable to see the embedded video below)


• burlap fabric by the yard (see diagram & notes below to determine how much you need)
fusible webbing
• scissors
• sharp tool for hooking and pulling out the burlap thread
• measuring tape / ruler
• spray bottle with water
• pale colored cloth*
• iron

How much fabric do I need to make a table runner?


• This technique will work for other fabrics, not just burlap. There are different grades of Stitch Witchery (fusible webbing). I used the regular weight for mine. Now, unfortunately I don't have any neat tricks for cutting normal fabric in a straight line...

• If you are using burlap, you may want to work on top of another cloth or piece of fabric - especially if you're ironing on your ironing board. Burlap leaves behind fluff as bad as a Persian cat - you'll be annoyed next time you go to iron your nice black slacks on your furry ironing board if you don't protect it :)

• *Be sure to use either a pale colored cloth or an old well washed one that won't bleed any color to your fabric below when you iron it damp!

• For the 6 foot picnic tables that are about 30" wide, I made 8 foot long, 16" wide table runners. I cut my fabric at 98" by 18", leaving myself only an extra 2 inches to fold over the edges, but you can leave more of an allowance if you feel more comfortable. Just trim off the extra after your fabric is fused - but remember to always fuse right in the crease.

I was able to get two 16" runners from one 47" wide piece of fabric that was 2.75 yards long. At my local craft / hobby stores, the price per yard was about $3.99/yd, but with my 40% off coupon that became $2.39/yd, so I spent about $3.50 per table runner (and that includes the fusible webbing)!

Easy DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runners for your wedding or home decor! (video tutorial)

Easy DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runners for your wedding or home decor! (video tutorial)

I can't wait to share pictures from the wedding! I'm sure everything will look so much prettier in place :)

If you want to see some of the other DIY wedding stuff I've been up to lately, check out my DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns and my DIY Bridal Shoe Hack.

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns

Easy DIY Bridal Shoes!

Also, more to come!!


  1. Hello from the Sweet Tea Social. These table runners would be awesome for all the holidays coming up done in different fabrics for the different holidays or just in burlap to use in addition to other table ornaments. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you happiness in your upcoming marriage. <3 Kim

    1. Thanks for visiting, Kim! I agree that these are perfect for holidays! Different fabrics would be great and I can also see a natural light brown burlap for Thanksgiving, or that pretty dark chocolate brown color I've seen. I will probably use these silver ones at Christmas time - I can picture how pretty they'll look with a couple of green and red centerpieces.

      Thanks for the well wishes :)

  2. I'm looking for a grey burlap just like this for my own wedding. Where did you find it?

  3. Hi Erin!

    You should be able to find it at Hobby Lobby, but if you don't have one near you there's some on Amazon: It looks like the online option is available in a wider size than is typically in stores.

    Have fun!