It’s A Twist Table Runner
From Sew Home
By Erin Schlosser
Insert Photo from page 77.
Learn accurate piecing and how to make twisted pleats the easy way with this fun technique-based class. Great for beginners as well as intermediate or more advanced sewists!
3-hour class format. During this time students should be able to complete the runner or come very close to putting the final stitches in.
Class Supply List:
- Required text: Sew Home by Erin Schlosser
- 1 yard main fabric
- 3/8 yard contrast fabric
- 7/8 yard backing fabric
- 3 yards lightweight woven fusible interfacing, 20˝ wide (I prefer Pellon SF101)
Note: All fabric should be at least 42˝ wide.
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric marking pen
- Fabric pressing spray (such as Flatter Spray)
- Teflon pressing sheet (works wonderfully for adhering the fusible interfacing and keeping the iron clean in the process)
This is a great opportunity to talk about tools used for accurate fabric cutting. If you have a favorite rotary cutter, mat, or ruler, it’s a great time to showcase this!
Also, once they’ve made one table runner, and seen how easy it is, be prepared for them to make many more! It’s a great idea to have several kits available, and with only three fabrics needed, it’s an easy kit to assemble!
Set up classroom with a basic set-up including plenty of space for sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters, straight-edge rulers, and ironing boards with irons.
Student should have preselected fabrics prior to class and gathered all the other
supplies from the supply list.
Day of Class
1. Talk about properly and accurately cutting fabric. Have students cut their pieces according to the project instructions on p. 78.
2. Work through project instructions to sew table runner top.
3. Complete by ironing on fusible interfacing and sewing on back.
4. Show students how to edgestitch evenly by using a marking on the sewing machine foot or moving the needle position over to the far right and using the edge of the foot as a guide.
Keep in mind that this is a great opportunity to showcase different ways to make this project and can easily be modified to fit any season. The table runner can be made with all solids, a mix of prints and solids, holiday-themed colors (think red, white, and blue twisted pleats for July 4th or Memorial Day, oranges and yellows for autumn/Thanksgiving, pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day, etc.), and so much more.
Don’t forget to encourage students to post photos to social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) tagging both your shop, @eschlosser, and #sewhome!