I don’t know about you, but I feel like April is flying by. I couldn’t wait for the warmer weather and sunshine, and now that it’s here, I feel like I’ve missed the passing of 2 weeks in the blink of an eye. It’s already Easter on Sunday.
Last summer, I got the idea of making a runner for my dinning room table out of patches of seersucker fabric. I thought it would work well for the summer, and brighten up the dining room a bit. I went to my local fabric store, and, sure enough, they had NO SEERSUCKER! Unfortunately, at this point, I had it in my mind and there was no changing courses. Eventually, they finally found a few colors, but I was really looking for reds, blues, greens, and yellows to highlight the colors of summer. Sure enough, I finally found the colors, in November! The good news was, I had plenty of time to sew a runner, right? Wrong! Even though I purchased the fabric then, I haven’t done anything for it until last week, when I thought it would make a good addition for Easter and spring.
Now, I have to admit, I am not a good seamster (again, I had no idea what the male version of seamstress was, but I looked it up…and this seems to be it). I can barely sew a straight line, but, with the help of a sewing machine, I can usually get by. I originally envisioned an elaborate patchwork of colors, but I quickly realized that was going to be well beyond my incredibly basic skills. Instead, I settled for a simple runner of 1 foot squares, alternating colors and directions of the lines.
To start, I cut 2 14 inch squares of fabric in green, red, blue, and yellow. Actually, my nephews cut…I brought in some help for this one. Then, I simply placed the fabric back to back and sewed a straight line across. I alternated the directions of the stripes, and I sewed the green to red, red to blue, blue to yellow, yellow to green, green to red, red to blue, and blue to yellow. This made one long strip. One thing to note, you want all of the “bad” sides on one side, so you have one clean side with no visible seams.
Next, I had to sew together some strips of white for the backing. If you have a long enough piece of fabric, just cut it to size, about 98 inches by 14 inches if you sew everything with a 1 inch border. I, of course, did not sew everything with a perfect 1 inch border, so I just patched the white together until I had a piece as long as the seersucker piece.
Once you have your similarly sized strips ready, you want to line them up with the good sides facing each other. Basically, you want the seams for the seersucker piece and the seams (if you have any) for the white backing to face out, so you have the smooth, pretty pieces facing in. The reason for this is you’re going to turn the whole thing inside out once it’s done, putting the clean sides on the outside.
Once it’s lined up, and I did pin it to make sure it stayed together, you want to sew a 1 inch border all around, but leave a few inches open at the bottom. To do this, start sewing maybe midway on the skinny end, then go all the way around the whole thing, leaving a 1 inch border, and stop when you get maybe 3 inches from where you started. Now, cut out any excess fabric that is along the sides that you don’t need. This isn’t imperative, but it helps to make a clean finished product. Then, reach in through that little 3 inch opening you left, grab the other end, and pull it through. This will take some adjusting to get it looking nice, especially with the corners, but it’s pretty easy to do.
Now that the good sides are facing out, you can smooth it out and iron it so that the edges are nicely creased. That’s it. I know it may sound complicated, but it’s really pretty easy, and I love how summery the seersucker fabric looks, especially with the colors. I added to the table some white egg holders and a white bowl and filled both with plastic eggs. I think it turned out pretty good.
Oh, and just to prove that I’m really not good with the sewing, you’re supposed to now hand sew the opening you pulled the fabric through. Instead, I just fold it under and hit it really good with the iron. As you can see, there’s still an opening, but the great thing is, no one will ever know…well…at least no one besides you! 🙂
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter, or is having a wonderful Passover! And I hope you’re having great spring weather, where ever you are, too! Enjoy!