Today I finished a table runner that I've been putting off far longer. I made a basket liner for my mom (she calls is a bun warmer. hee hee!) and had a ton of material left over. She's been asking for a table runner for a long time, so I decided to use the leftovers to make one.
I tried to find a tutorial on the Internet to save myself too many mathematical calculations, but everything I found was too short to drape over the ends of the table, so I was forced to try and multiply on my own. I decided to wimp out, basically, and cut one side into equal 6.5" strips, and then cut 4 10" strips for the other side and used the scraps from the first side to make up the difference. I used fusible interfacing on one side because I wanted the ends to drape nicely over the end of the table. The fabric was also very light, so I wanted to minimize the seethroughness.
The real brain tease, though, was measuring the bias tape that I used to bind it. I used a super neat tutorial I found on Fabritopia's blog and crossed my fingers. I used my last square of fabric to make the bias tape and as I was binding it I started to sweat because I didn't want to have:
a.) to seam rip the whole damn runner
b.) to run to Jo-Ann and buy two packages of bias tape, delaying the finish even longer
c.) wasted all that time chasing my fingers with an iron to make the tape to begin with.
Luckily, with three whopping inches to spare, I had enough.