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For that Perfect Dinner: 15 Lovely Homemade Table Runners

Now that spring has arrived and our social lives are picking up a little more after a sleepy winter, we’re really finding ourselves in the mood for hosting more! We’ve always loved having friends over for dinner parties but in the spring, we find that we get even more in the spirit, setting the table nicely and so on. That’s how we found ourselves scouring the Internet for crafty ways to make cute new table runners!

Just in case you’re totally into the idea of making awesome DIY table runners too, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that have come up in our search for inspiration so far.

1. Lace doilies table runner


We’ve always absolutely loved the look of antique inspired lace table runners, but we’ve only every found them for quite expensive prices and our budget is a little lower than a lot of what we’ve seen. That’s why we were so pleased to come across this DIY lace doily table runner featured on Bumblebee Lines! You’ll still get that delicate, vintage looking aesthetic you love so much but in a way that’s custom and much more affordable.

2. DIY shibori table runner


If you’ve going to go to the trouble of making a whole DIY table runner, would you rather create something that’s a little more colourful, just to add a small pop to your space? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Lovely Etc used simple fabric dying techniques to make specific lines and triangles in a shibori dyed style!

3. Hand painted zig zag table runner


Are you very much intrigued by the concept of adding colour and pattern to your dining room in the form of a table runner but you’re just not sure that working with fabric dye is quite the technique you’re going for? Well, if you’re the kind of person who has always been a little better at painting then we think you might prefer the way Sew Much Ado made this painted, zig-zagging chevron table runner instead!

4. Matching DIY table runner and napkins


Are you actually quite good at sewing and always looking to put those skills to good use but you’re pretty sure you bought a little more fabric than you actually need? Then it sounds like you have what it takes to make something like this lovely matching table runner and napkin set from Dazzling Hospitality!

5. Simple fabric table runner


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of making a fabric table runner but you’re actually still a beginner with a sewing needle and you’re looking for a project that’s a little simpler than what you’ve seen so far? Then here’s a fantastic tutorial from Living Well, Spending Less that will teach you just the basics!

6. Arrow ended one hour table runner


Perhaps you are, in fact, most interested in making a fabric table runner but you’re not quite as basic a beginner as we mentioned above and you wouldn’t mind adding a little bit of detail? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like this pointed arrowhead style table runner tutorial featured on Super Mom, No Cape.

7. DIY acrylic table runner


Do you live in the kind of busy household that’s chalk full of active kids and lots of family so you often hesitate to put a table runner down at all because you’re worried it’ll just get dirty? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way A Thoughtful Place made this easy to clean acrylic table runner!

8. Boho chic macrame table runner


Have you actually always been more of an alternative textiles person than just a sewing enthusiast, learning how to do needlework, yarn crafts, and weaving? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of macrame as well, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this fantastic Boho chic macrame table runner from The DIY Mommy a try!

9. DIY ruffled burlap table runner


Perhaps your home has always had a sort of rustic chic feeling to it that you’d really like to follow even though you’re looking to add some feminine charm to the place as well? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way The Country Chic Cottage made this burlap monogram runner with pretty ruffled fabric edges.

10. Cucumber stamped scallop table runner


Are you still feeling quite intrigued indeed by the idea of custom painting your own fabric table runner but you’re just not feeling so confident with your detailed hand painting skills? Then perhaps a simple repetitive paint stamping pattern would suit you a little bit better! We love the way Hey There,  Home made this cute scalloped design by stamping down a cucumber with one end cut off.

11. DIY no sew stamped burlap runner


Have we actually caught your attention with both the burlap idea and the paint stamping idea but you’re having some trouble choosing between the two? Well, who ever said you have to choose? We’re actually kind of in love with the way Morena’s Corner painted and stamped this strip of burlap to make a very homey table runner indeed.

12. Breathtaking floral bouquet table runner


Perhaps you’re actually planning a big, stunning event like a wedding, a bridal shower, or a big anniversary party this spring or summer and you’d really like to incorporate the season into the theme? Then we have a feeling The Knot might have just the kind of piece you’re looking for! If we’re being honest, we’re completely obsessed with the way they made this stunning floral bouquet table runner that cascades blossoms off each end.

13. Stone pebble table runner


Have we actually really caught your attention with the idea of making a runner that harnesses nature somehow but you’re not sure the whimsical look of the fully floral concept is quite the one for you? Then perhaps you’d prefer the sleek, more subdued look of this table runner featured on Unique Creations by Anita that’s made from individual smoothed pebbles and stones!

14. DIY sheet music table runner


Perhaps the runner you’re looking to make a table for is actually a decorative side table or a spot that gets a lot less traffic than your main dining table, so you’re open to the idea of making a slightly more crafty and delicate piece, since no one will be eating on it? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Amy Clary made this stunning side table runner from old sheet music.

15. Die cut snowflake table runner


Are you the kind of crafter who loves bookmarking all kinds of seasonal and holiday projects all year round, even if they’re not in season now, because you like being prepared with an idea any time? Then we think you’ll understand why we liked this die cut snowflake table runner so much even though it’s spring time! See how it’s done on Darice.