Last fall, I was visiting with my friend, Audrey, who lives in the neighborhood beside mine. She had leaf placemats on her table but didn’t have the table set with them. They were just lying there. The colors were very pretty and I asked where she had gotten them. She said they were an inexpensive find at Wal-Mart and she intended to make them into a runner for her kitchen table.
Now, I have to tell you that Audrey always has her table decorated beautifully for the season. The table runner was going to add a little something for fall.
I had been working on some sewing and my machine was already set up. I offered to sew the placemats together for her. With the machine up, it would only take a few minutes.
Audrey told me the other day that she got several compliments on the table runner. I hope you do, too.
Five leaf-shaped placemats (or to fit the length of the table) in the colors you choose
Invisible or transparent thread
*** I purchased my placemats at Big Lots. I looked online before I went on this treasure hunt and found several retailers that had them. I liked the price at Big Lots best. Remember if you can’t find leaves right now, you can always find other shapes like snowflakes.***
On a flat surface, arrange the placemats so that they overlap. The amount of the overlap is up to your taste.
Pin to catch the edges when sewing placemats together.
I used my machine to sew, but it could just as well be sewn by hand.
Stitch together, turning and repositioning the fabric when needed. (This was when I wished leaves had square corners.) The stiches should follow the topstitching already on the placemats.
By using the transparent thread, the stitching won’t be seen on the front side. The back of the runner is not so pretty, but that’s why it’s the back.
This took about 30 minutes to complete. It looks great on my table. I even got extra leaves to make another one.