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Christmas Table Runner and Place Mats

We made this attractive table runner and place mats to decorate our table for Christmas dinner. The set is simple to put together and will certainly charm your guests.

For the project you will need 2" wide strips of 6 green and 6 red fabrics, about 1 yard of golden fabric, batting and backing.

For embroidery, you will need metallic gold embroidery thread (or, if you don't want to use metallic, a golden yellow will do just as well) and cut-away stabilizer. You can also use polyester craft felt instead of stabilizer.

The Table Runner

The finished size of the table runner is about 20" x 50".

For the table runner you will need:

Green strips:
2" x 30 1/2" - one
2" x 33 1/2" - two
2" x 36 1/2" - two
2" x 39 1/2" - two
2" x 42 1/2" - two
2" x 45 1/2" - two
Red strips:
2" x 2" - two
2" x 5" - two
2" x 8" - two
2" x 11" - two
2" x 14" - two
2" x 17" - two

Out of golden fabric cut
2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 51 1/2"
2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 24"
3 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric for binding.

Assembly:

Start with the green 2" x 30 1/2" strip and attach the two red squares to the ends. Proceed to assemble the top by attaching green strips to the top and bottom, and red strips to the left and right of the working piece, as shown below.

Sew the golden 2 1/2" x 51 1/2" strips to the long sides of the top.
Sew the golden 2 1/2" x 24" strips to the short sides of the top.

Embroidery:

Mark the position of the embroidery patterns on the top. It's a good idea to use paper print-outs for the purpose. Stabilize the places and make the embroidery, stating with the central design.

We embroidered the Cutwork Christmas Tree (for mega hoop), without doing any cutwork, in the center.

Christmas Eve went on the left side of the table runner.

Fir-Trees in Snow (for large hoop) went on the righ side.

Place Mats

The finished size of each placemat is about 14" x 17".

The place mats are slightly different - two of them feature a red pyramid, and two have green pyramids.

For the place mats with the green pyramid, you will need:

Red Strips:
2" x 2" - one
2" x 3 1/2" - two
2" x 5" - two
2" x 6 1/2" - two
2" x 8" - two
2" x 9 1/2" - two
Green Strips:
2" x 2" - one
2" x 5" - one
2" x 8" - one
2" x 11" - one
2 x 14" - one
2 x 17" - two

Cut one 2" x 17" strip out of the golden fabric. Finally, for the binding, you will need 2 golden strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric.

Start assembly with the red and green squares, which you should stitch together. Then, attach red strips to the left and right sides of the working piece, and green strips to the bottom, as shown below.

Finally, attach the two 2" x 17" green strips to the top and bottom of the working piece.

Complete the piece with a 2" x 17" gold strip across the top.


The place mat features the Christmas Ornaments

For the place mats with the red pyramids, the above procedure is exactly reversed, as you can see in the picture below.


The place mat features the Christmas Bell III

Embroidery:

Stabilize and make the embroidery in the center of the place mats.


The place mat features the Christmas Stocking


The place mat features the Christmas Bell Horn

Quilting and finishing:

Cut away the excess stabilizer around embroidery.
Place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted around the embroidery and then in a free-motion style all over the quilts.

Finish the raw edges with golden binding.

The set is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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