Craft Warehouse carries some beautiful “toweling” fabric…

In 15 minutes, you can make a 72” runner and 2 placemats!

no sew placemat

towelling runner

 To make all 3 items, you need:

  • a pair of sharp scissors or mat and rotary cutter
  • iron and ironing board
  • 3 yards of toweling
  • 1 package of Stitch Witchery.

Our toweling is 100% cotton in a heavy weave. The sides are pre-hemmed so all we need to do is finish the short ends. Look at the variety of other patterns and colors of toweling we carry.  All of these work well for placemats and table runners.

toweling variety

Stitch Witchery is a fusible product that eliminates the need to hem almost anything!  It comes in 2 varieties-regular weight and super weight.  Either one will work for this project, but the heavy may make the hem a bit stiff.  One package contains 20 yards of fusible tape so it will last a very long time.  I hem pants with this product (think of the time and if you pay someone to hem your pants – the money) you will save with Stitch Witchery!

stitch witchery

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Straighten one end of the toweling by pulling a thread or threads until it’s a clean, straight end and trim off the fuzzy thread ends. towelling 1
  2. To make a runner, cut the length of your table plus 12”-18”. I like to have a 6” drop on each end of my table. Make sure you have a clean straight end here too. If you don’t know how long your table is, lay the fabric on your table and eyeball the length you want, putting a pin where you want the runner to end. Then add 2” for the hems before cutting the excess fabric off.
  3. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but cut 2 pieces of Stitch Witchery the exact same length as the toweling. towelling 2
  4. Fold 1” under on each end and press in place. Place a piece of Stitch Witchery in the hem fold that you just created, tucking it well inside the fold. Following the instructions on the Stitch Witchery package, fuse your hem in place. You may need to spend a bit extra time on each side where the side hem is thicker. Repeat for the other end. Give it a final pressing.
  5. If you are making placemats, cut each placemat 16”-18” and repeat steps 1-4.
  6. Wasn’t that crazy simple?