Holiday table runner or pillow can easily spruce up a space in your home and get it ready for the season. And they’re among my favorite quick projects to make!
This time I was aiming for the upcoming Holiday Season as this table runner / bench pillow is one of the FREE PATTERN that I am sharing for this year!
Mix and Matching fabrics
It all started with this bundle! I pulled from various fat quarters in my stash. I knew I wanted some bright orange and teal in the bundle. A slight change to the traditional green and red for the traditional holiday season.
I ended up not using all of it in my project, but the colours still remain.
You can read more about the general process I use to mix and match fabric HERE with lots of tips too.
I planned out the pattern on my computer and went ahead to sew it while noting down all the measurements. The pattern is a fully illustrated pattern step-by-step to making each of the blocks and putting it all together.
It takes longer on the computer than it takes to make the project, but it was well worth it!
I hope you’ll enjoy the pattern!
Free Motion Quilting
Small projects like this is also a great opportunity to practice free motion quilting!
I did spiral quilting on this one. I love the texture of the spirals against the stars and the presents.
Making it into a convertible Table Runner and bench Pillow
Any quilted piece can easily be turned into a pillow by adding in another layer of fabric behind the quilt.
I’ll show you how you can easily do this below.
You can apply the same technique for any small quilted table toppers and table runners.
If you decide to make a convertible runner / pillow, you can quilt the top without the backing fabric. Simply quilt the quilt top with the batting without the backing fabric.
Then, piece the backing by adding in the zipper and trimming it to size of the quilt top.
For this particular pattern, you’ll need two pieces measuring 28″ x 15″ and 26″ x 15″ for the pillow backing.
Then it is time to bind it all together just as you would a quilted table runner, except now, you have a zipper opening to squeeze in the pillow insert!
You may need to DIY your own pillow insert since it is highly likely that the table runner is not a common pillow insert that you can find. Use some muslin fabrics or any cheaper fabrics to make the pillow insert.
I ended up loving it as a bench pillow more and it fits perfectly on my mum’s bench over at her house. So there it will live.
Holiday Table Runner
If you want to use for the table, simple pull the pillow insert, and put it on the table! An option to use the same piece of quilted item.
I have joined in with 24+ amazing quilters and quilt designers to contribute a pattern for a special Holiday Bundle that is FREE for all of our amazing readers and followers this coming 10th-14th November!
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This pattern was a part of the EVENT PASSPORT to Quilting on November 10th-14th 2022. However, you can still grab my pattern for this convertible table runner through the form below.