Month: January 2017

Easy Sewing Project: Bandana Table Runners

Don’t worry. Your family member – the one who loves bandanas – will never miss a few of them if they happen to come up missing. Of course, once they see the new table runner you made from them they might get suspicious! Who wouldn’t love a cute bandana table runner now that bandanas come in a huge variety of colors and patterns? No longer do you have to choose from just the red and white or blue and white design we all know; now you’ll find bandanas with solid colors, flowers, rock stars, tie-dye and others. It’s easy to make a bandana table runner because you don’t have to hem the edges of the fabric!

There are two different ways you can make a table runner from bandanas. One is to stack two identical bandanas on top of each other, with right sides facing. At one corner, pin them, then sew straight across it, from one side to the other, for a total of a couple of inches or so. Open these up, lay a bandana on one of the two that are stitched together, pin two corners, then sew across it. The corners you sew this time should be opposite the corners you sewed first. Add another and another bandana, sewing them together at the corners, to make the table runner as long as you want. The diamond shapes created by the bandanas makes a lovely pattern for a table runner.

Create a different table runner by starting with two bandanas which are alike. Turn one side of one of the bandana under, lay the fold on the edge of the second bandana so that the two are side-by-side, and sew all the way across it. Keep the stitches very close to the fold. This will adjoin the two bandanas while leaving you with a flat seam that looks neat and tidy.

Make a backing for the above table runner by cutting a piece of lightweight fabric to be the same width and length as the runner. Stack the runner and the backing with right sides together. Sew around three sides of the material and trim the excess fabric very close to the stitches. Turn the table runner right-side-out and sew the opening shut. Press the new runner well on all four sides. Thread a needle and take a stitch, here and there, to tack the bandana to the backing. Make these small stitches along the seams of the bandanas.

A bandana table runner can be whimsical, beautiful or even a tribute to your favorite star. It’s all a matter of the bandanas you choose for the project. No matter what the design of the bandanas you’ll have a unique table runner like no one else’s!

Beginner’s Sewing Project: Scented Wash Cloths

Okay, you’ve learned the basic straight stitch and you’re ready to start making beautiful things for your home. Start out small, get really good at sewing, then move on to larger projects. There’s a small project you can do right away using things you have around your house to turn an ordinary washcloth into a scented décor piece for the bathroom.

The best washcloth for this project is one that’s thin so purchase cheap wash cloths from a dollar-theme store. Lay the washcloth out on a table and fold it lengthways. If you can see a difference between the front and the back of the washcloth fold it so that the right sides are together. Pin the washcloth across one short end and almost all the way up the long side.

Cut a length of narrow ribbon that would be long enough to wrap around the washcloth and tie shut. Fold the ribbon in half and place the fold between the layers of the washcloth on the long side. Since you’ve pinned the washcloth almost all the way up the long side, position the ribbon where you left off pinning, near the top of the washcloth.

Begin sewing down the long side of the washcloth. Take a few stitches, back-tack, then start stitching all the way down. Remove the pins as you sew down the long side and across the short side. When you get to the end of the short side, back-tack, then go forward a couple of stitches. Clip the threads and turn the washcloth right-side-out.

If you sewed the washcloth correctly the fold of the ribbon will be stitched between the two sides of the washcloth, near the top. After you fill the washcloth you can simply tie the “bag” shut. Use a cheese shredder to shred perfumed soap to place in the bag. Or, fill it with aromatic bath salts. After it’s filled, tie it shut with the ribbon, then embellish it.

Choose a large, artificial flower to attach to the ribbon area of the bag. Or, gather some dried flowers and arrange them near the tied area of the bag. Lay the scented washcloth on a shelf or counter in the bathroom. Or, after filling the bag with shredded soap gift it to someone to use in their own bath. Make a different gift by simply placing several sample sizes of bath products in the washcloth bag. The scented wash cloths look great just sitting on a shelf but can actually be used, too!