How To Make A No Sew Burlap Table Runner

Are you planning a wedding, party, or shower and in need of a few dozen burlap table runners?  Burlap table runners can be expensive, BUT there is a way you can save some serious money, even if you are a novice DIY’er and can’t sew.  I’m going to show you how to make these simple, no sew burlap table runners. In a later tutorial I will even show you how to take those used table runners (if they aren’t stained) and make a burlap wreath.

First, let’s measure your table (or tables) so your table runners are the perfect fit. You will need to measure both the width and length of the tables you are using.  I’m going to use a 3 foot wide by 6 foot long table as an example.  If your table is 36 inches wide, the table runner needs to be about 1/3 of the width of your table… or 12 inches.  Opinions vary on length.  Your runner will need to hang over the edge of your table, and it needs to have enough length so it doesn’t poke out.  You want it to lay flat.  If your table is 72 inches long you need to add at least 12 additional inches to the length which will give you 6 inches of overhang on each side. Some designers think 24 inches should be added to the length which would give you 12 inches of overhang on each side.  The important point to remember is to make the ends even and if you are creating multiple runners, you want to make sure they all have the same length for overhang.  For our tutorial we will be going with an additional 24 inches of burlap which will add 12 inches of overhang to each side. For our “theoretical” 3 foot by 7 foot table we would need a 12 inch wide by 96 inch long piece of burlap.

Now, let’s get the 411 on burlap.  Burlap Fabric is my go-to, online store for all my burlap.  If it’s burlap, they sell it and they have bolts of unfinished burlap very reasonably priced.  Their bolts generally come in 50 yard (150 feet) and 100 yard (300 feet) lengths and the widths vary from 10 to 24 inches and up.  This tutorial works with any width.  All you need to do is figure out how much you need.  If you need fifteen 12 inch by 96 inch runners you will need 120 feet of burlap.  Because there are imperfections, your best bet is to go ahead and buy the 50 yard roll of 12 inch burlap.

Whew… math lesson over!  But fair warning… burlap is itchy (or it is to me), and the fibers can be tortuous when they get embedded in your clothing.  I always wear old clothes and jump in the shower right after working with burlap.  If I have 25 runners to make, I normally cut all the runners one day then sew the next.  Burlap also sheds fibers like crazy. It’s a good idea to have something on hand like a swiffer duster and a swiffer sweeper to quickly gather up those pesky fibers.  AND don’t forget to put a trash can nearby to dispose of them.

Supplies:

  • A bolt of burlap.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Painter’s or masking tape is wonderful if you are making multiple runners

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Find an area long and large enough to roll out your burlap.  If you can’t find a table large enough, a hallway will work (just make sure you sweep and mop the area really well before using).  If you have multiple runners to cut you can use masking or painter’s tape to mark the the length. Then roll, cut, and repeat until you have the number of pieces you need.

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Measure length you will need with measuring tape.
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Cut burlap.

Now we need to fray all four edges on the piece of burlap you just cut. Burlap has a very loose weave which makes it easy to grab the long fibers. You will take one of the burlap threads/fibers along the edge which runs the length of the fabric and pull.  Keep doing this until you have about a 1/4 of an inch of frayed edge on the side.  Then repeat the same process on the other side.  For the end edges pull the fibers or threads until you have about an inch of fray on both ends.

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Fray both side edges.
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Fray both ends.

Voila!  You now have a no sew burlap table runner.

Frayed burlap.
Frayed burlap.

To keep creases to a minimum, roll your table runner into a tube. Use some of those burlap fibers/thread as ties, to keep the runner from unrolling.  Rolling it up makes it super easy to transport, especially if you have a few dozen you need to carry to your wedding reception site. Another plus… you can unroll it right onto the table!

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The finished, no sew burlap table runner.

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DyJo Designs

I can remember the exact moment DyJo Designs quickened… when it became more than a dream… when it’s figurative heart went “thump, thump” for the very first time.  And it all started with a nap mat.

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Eucalyptus Wreath

My son loves trains. He was, and still is, obsessed.  So there I sat at my hubby’s computer, lights out because it’s late, searching for a train amid pages of adorable nap mats for little bud.  Of course I found one… blue with a little pillow and blanket attached, little red and green and orange steam engines covering every inch.  When I added that sucker to my shopping cart a mini, midlife crisis chugged right into my life.  My entire life would change the moment I dropped that little train covered nap mat, and the little fella who would curl up to sleep beneath those steam engines, off for the first day of Pre-K.

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Leather Christmas Ornament

I panicked.  I was a stay at home mom.  My day, my life really, revolved around my child. What would I do when he started school?  My husband and I owned a business but the thought of taking on more responsibility made me nauseous.  It wasn’t something I enjoyed. The thought of wading back into the job pool terrified me.  But wandering around my empty house in my pj’s, eating peanut butter straight from the jar, and feeling sorry for myself was not an option either. (Okay… occasionally I may wander around my house in pj’s, eating peanut butter straight from the jar because I love pj’s and peanut butter. Okay… maybe a little more frequent than occasionally but I really, really love pj’s and peanut butter.)

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Shell Wreath

My poor hubby.  He refused to let me wallow in my mini midlife crisis. I tried. I mean I seriously tried.  I wanted to wallow.  Instead he shoved me off the proverbial cliff (I hate change).  Kicking and screaming my hubby dragged me to a craft store. I became a maker, to be precise a wreath maker.  Within a few weeks I had opened my Etsy shop, DyJo Designs.   Becoming a designer was something my husband and I had talked about for years, major emphasis on talked.  Floral design and crafts in general have always been something I’m good at.  But that nasty fear of failure always stopped me dead in my tracks.

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Leather Bridal Bouquet

I may have cried when I made my first sale.  I did cry when a magazine editor contacted me a few weeks later, wanting one of my wreaths for a Christmas magazine shoot.  And I seriously squalled (big, fat ugly tears) when that magazine landed in my mailbox and my wreath was no where to be found.  But I sucked it up and refused to let it break it.  (The wreath did eventually show up in their blog, but oh how I wanted it in the magazine.)

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Sugared Fruit Garland

Slowly, I built momentum.  I became a little more sure of myself, took more risks, and grew in my craft.  My shop grew.  I began making home decor, bridal bouquets, and wedding decor.  My designs landed on the cover of Rejuvenation’s Christmas catalog.  Then my designs landed on HGTV’s White House Christmas not once but twice. Currently Better Homes & Gardens  is planning on using one of my Halloween wreaths for their Tricks and Treats Magazine.  How cool is that???

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Eucalyptus Wreath

Somewhere in the midst of all the chaos I realized for once in my life I was happy with my career.  It was an amazing feeling!  I enjoy work now.  I love the creative process and working with clients to bring their ideas to reality. I hope 20 years from now I am still learning and growing in my craft.

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Meet Lori

Hi guys!  I’m Lori, your not so typical southern belle.  I can fake the whole southern belle thing for an hour, two tops, but it’s real hard.  I tend to loose my filter someone where around the one hour mark and all my quirky (and not so quirky) faults come barreling out.

200I am a craft-a-holic and a craft supply hoarder but luckily I make things for a living!  I am owner and sole designer at DyJo Designs.  (I really love my J.O.B.) I’m also a mama, wife, friend, sister, and daughter… chef (we all gotta eat), maid (someone’s gotta clean), bookworm (seriously I love reading and I’m obsessed with the Fire and Ice series), binge TV watcher (Netflix and Amazon Prime are two of my closest friends), accountant (I know my way around QuickBooks), hostage negotiator (luckily this is rare but sometimes we all act like children around here and someone has to intervene), teacher (common core is my enemy and it’s hell bent on ruining homework time), fisherwoman (serious fishing addiction and I’m lucky our driveway is a pond dam), actress (I play a mean Darth Vader), architect (LEGO that is), and horror movie junkie (again thank you Netflix).  I wear a lot of hats like everyone else doing this crazy thing called life.

175I’m married to this pretty amazing guy, aka ‘hubby’.  He’s only amazing when he’s not snoring which means he’s only amazing when he’s awake.  When he’s snoring I want to hurt him.  He’s seriously lucky I have restraint and self control.  But during the day light hours I’m constantly reminded why I fell in love with him.  He’s my biggest and best cheerleader. He’s also a really good dad.  When you find those qualities in someone, you gotta hold on to them.

Like most married couples we wanted children.  And we tried for years.  We jumped through all the hoops, some of them multiple times.  But my girly bits wouldn’t cooperate.  At the time it was hell.  Looking back, I can honestly say I would live through it a million times over.  If they had worked like they were supposed to I wouldn’t have my son. Thank you uncooperative girly bits!

Which brings me to ‘little bud’, our son.  I can’t imagine131 a more perfect child. He had my heart the moment the nurse placed him in my arms.  Our adoption journey really was one of those fairy tale stories.  We were researching adoption agencies, trying to decide what worked best for us when we got a call.  And within 36 hours we were brand spankin’ new parents!  It was so very surreal.  I kept thinking at any moment I would wake up from my new mommy dream.  I see so much of myself in him and so much of his daddy in him.  I honestly never thought I would have that gift… the gift of being a mother.  I cherish every moment.  You may see little bud from time to time in my tutorials and photos.  He’s an excellent helper and my kid’s craft guru.

So that’s the condensed me… mom, wife, maker and consomate procrastinator.  Hopefully we can get to know each other better and you will meet the uncondensed version of me.  It’s not always pretty because I’m far from perfect.  I am quirky so that should count for something.

Welcome!

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About

Over the past few years, the handmade movement has flourished.  From YouTube to Pinterest to Facebook, we see DIY craft projects popping up every day in our newsfeeds. Frequently, I’m asked for tips, tricks, and advice by both novice and seasoned crafters alike. I’m always eager to talk girl shop and enjoy encouraging my fellow DIYer’s.

And this is where I’m real honest, maybe too honest…  A few months ago someone “borrowed” wreath photos from my Etsy shop.  The photos were used and misrepresented as a tutorial. I was angry. While I’m looking at the (cough, cough) tutorial I felt sorry for my fellow DIYer’s.  There was no way that particular tutorial would lead to the wreath I created. Anger quickly gave way to frustration when I emailed the borrower. She either didn’t get why it was a disservice to readers and to myself, or she didn’t care.  I thought how awesome it would have been if I had been asked to create a tutorial. I promise… it would have been awesome!

The experience lit a fire.  I started keeping a journal of ideas and tips.  I organized things in my head, then in my journal, and finally on my temporary, unpublished blog.   I wanted to share holidays tips, tutorials, and inspiration. I wanted to give you guys home ideas and yummy recipes.  I couldn’t forget weddings either!  And how many times have I googled or pinterested a school project and dress up ideas for the boy?  I definitely couldn’t neglect the kiddos because they are the next gen of craft lovers.

Then… BAM!  Said photo thief strikes again, and I’m in serious copyright hell. First time could be seen as an accident, but three times is intentional.  This time I didn’t give up. I tracked down all my images and it took F O R E V E R. But while I’m playing social media detective, I realized I had to follow through with my “bloggy” dream and bring you guys the best material possible… material actually created by me.  Tutorials written and filmed by me so you guys end up with the wreath displayed on the cover photo.

It’s funny how a negative can turn into a positive with the right motivation, and anger/frustration can be an excellent motivator.  From the flames, your one stop craft blog was born!  Since the blog is new the content is pretty sparse, but we will get there.  The entries and tutorials will be authenticly me, tried and tested by me!  

I’m so excited to take you on this journey with me!

Welcome to A Dash of DyJo!

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