Interchangeable No Sew Table Runner

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What do you think?!  I had several rolls of the burlap I had bought on clearance at Michael’s a long time ago.  I was just day-dreaming about what I could do with it.  And this is what popped in my head!  Boom. Chicka.  Boom. Boom.  I thought my friend would really like it.  There is it on her table!

You’ll need:
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  1. burlap
  2. ribbon
  3. scissors (and rolling cutter)
  4. jute twine

Yep!  That’s it!  Just be very careful throughout assembly.  The burlap is more fragile than I thought.

I went through several assembly procedures and I think this worked best and cleanest:

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Step 1: Measure the length of your table, then add 13 inches.  Why 13?  Because your table runner should hang over the edge 6 inches.  Then allow an extra inch for trimming at the end of assembly to take care of any messed up ends.

Step 2:  Roll out your burlap, measure out your total from step 1, and cut.  Do this twice because you’ll need two pieces of burlap.  I used my cutting mat and rolling cutter to get a cleaner edge, but scissors work just fine.

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Step 3:  Lay out your 2 pieces of burlap bottom side up.  Look over each piece and decide what side you want to be the top and make sure it is face down.  Then, lay out your ribbon to get a feel for how big of a gap you’ll need in between pieces.  My ribbon was 1 inch wide, but I lay it out  instead of just measuring.  And you’ll see why in a minute.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of twine.  How long?  Well, Maybe 15 – 20 inches at first.  The edges of the burlap are more fragile than I thought.  When I tried weaving a really long piece from one end to the other, the burlap would tear.

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Step 5: Get ready to weave your twine. If you don’t have a cutting mat, leave your ribbon laid out as a guide to make sure you don’t weave your twice too tight.  If you have a cutting mat, use the lines as a guide.  For my 1 inch ribbon, I was shooting for about 1.5 inch gap.  That was the spacing that I thought looked nice.  But it is up to you!

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Step 6: Start to weave your twine.  Start in about 0.5 – 1 inch in from the end.  Again this was a lesson learned that the burlap frays easily.  Tie the end off to one side so that the knot will be hidden. Trim the end of the twine so that the long piece at the end is gone.

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Step 7. Once you run to the end of the piece of twine, just cut another piece.  Tie the two ends together close to the burlap, again so that the know won’t show.  And trim the end.  Repeat until you get to the end of your burlap.  As you go along, be mindful that your gap doesn’t get too tight.  You don’t want your ribbon to get squished.

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Step 8.  Once you approach the end of your burlap, be mindful again to stop about 0.5 – 1 inch from the end.  If you try to tie off at the end, You’ll get this:

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And that will come apart in no time!

Step 9.  Now get ready to weave your ribbon around the twine. I cut my ribbon about 2 inches longer than my burlap because I chose this leaf ribbon.  I was being particular about how it would line up at the ends.

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Step 10.  To make weaving less hard on the burlap, I wound up my long piece of ribbon so I wasn’t tugging 72 inches through.  Carefully weave the ribbon. img_2044

I skipped 4 – 6 twines on the top and 1 on the bottom so that more ribbon would show on top and not too much twine.  I tried to have about 4 inch sections of ribbon showing in between twine, like this:

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Step 11: Trim your ends.  And viola!  You are done!

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Joe likes it! He’s headed straight for it!

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And I cut a piece of nice red ribbon so my friend can change out the fall leaf ribbon to a pretty bright Christmas red.

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So you could just change out the ribbon for any season!  Just be careful when replacing the ribbon not to tear that burlap.

Well get out your craft store coupons!  Now you have something to do this weekend!  Comment below if you have any questions!  Or, you can check me out on Facebook Live over the weekend for a quick demo.  Happy crafting!

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