DIY Ruler Table Runner

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DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.





Make your own Ruler Table Runner! A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.

DIY Ruler Table Runner

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DIY Ruler Table Runner Note: This tutorial is from scratch. If you do not want to to purchase fabric and sew a table runner, you can start with a plain table runner measuring 14 inches by 72 inches. Then cut to the numbers and painting steps of this tutorial.

DIY Ruler Table Runner Materials:

• 2½ yards Fabric- This tutorial uses a tan denim since the fabric is thick. You need to choose a fabric that will not allow the paint to seep through – pick a “dense” fabric for this project.
Tape Measure
• Straight Edge Ruler
• Scissors
Straight Pins
• Sewing Machine
Needle
• Thread (that matches your fabric choice)
Iron
• Pencil
• Printer
Black Fabric Paint
• Small Paint Brush
Scotchgard Fabric Protector

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


DIY Ruler Table Runner Instructions:

• Start by making your table runner.
• You want to cut your fabric to be 15 inches by 73 inches.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


Tip: For a little short cut simply fold your fabric lengthwise inwards 15 inches and pin.
• Then take your scissors and cut at the fold to end up with two strips of fabric measuring 15 inches by 90 inches.
• Then measure out 73 inches and cut.
• Now you should have two strips of fabric that are 15 inches by 73 inches.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


Pin together and sew around the edges with your sewing machine using a 1/2 inch seam, be certain to leave about a 5 inch opening in order to flip your runner right side out.
• Once you have turned the table runner right side out you can hand sew the opening shut with your needle and thread.
• You should end up with a runner measuring 14 inches by 72 inches (the width is not as important as the length).
Iron your fabric now to ensure a nice flat surface to make your marks.
• Using your measuring tape, start by measuring out every 12 inches – do this on the top and the bottom of your material.
• Then use your straight edge and draw a straight line with your pencil. (These are your foot markers)
• Now use your measuring tape and pencil, measure every inch and a half and place a small mark – again do this on the top and bottom, but do not draw a straight line this time.
• Within one foot you should have 7 marks. Using your straight edge ruler extend the marks as follows within each foot
*one inch
* two inches
* one inch
* two and a half inches
* one inch
* two inches
* one inch
Do this for all 6 feet of your runner.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


• Using your computer printer, print off numbers 1-6 using Century Font with the font size being 500.
• Cut the numbers out.
• Place the numbers in order on your runner with each number to the left side of its corresponding foot line.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


• Trace the number with a pencil.
• Repeat this step for all 6 numbers.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


• Now its time to paint!
• Simply trace all of your pencil marks with your paint brush. Note: I have not tried it, but this could be a fabulous short cut! Especially for the line marks – just make sure it matches your black fabric paint.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


• Fill in the traced numbers with your black fabric paint.
• Allow to paint dry completely.
• Apply a second coat if necessary. Allow paint to dry completely.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


Scotchgard your ruler table runner to help protect it from the stains and dust of daily use.
• Spot clean.

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner!  A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.


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DIY Ruler Table Runner

DIY Ruler Table Runner

DIY Ruler Table Runner. Make your own Ruler Table Runner! A fun decor craft for homeschoolers, back to school, teachers, and more! This cute and creative craft is simple to make, adds some whimsy to home decor and will look great on your kitchen table, dining room table or sideboard.

Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 20.00

Materials

  • 2½ yards Fabric- This tutorial uses a tan denim since the fabric is thick. You need to choose a fabric that will not allow the paint to seep through – pick a "dense" fabric for this project.
  • Thread (that matches your fabric choice)
  • Black Fabric Paint
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Scotchgard Fabric Protector

Tools

Instructions

  1. Start by making your table runner.
    You want to cut your fabric to be 15 inches by 73 inches.
    Tip: For a little short cut simply fold your fabric lengthwise inwards 15 inches and pin.
    Then take your scissors and cut at the fold to end up with two strips of fabric measuring 15 inches by 90 inches.
    Then measure out 73 inches and cut.
    Now you should have two strips of fabric that are 15 inches by 73 inches.
    Pin together and sew around the edges with your sewing machine using a ½ inch seam, be certain to leave about a 5 inch opening in order to flip your runner right side out.
  2. Once you have turned the table runner right side out you can hand sew the opening shut with your needle and thread.
    You should end up with a runner measuring 14 inches by 72 inches (the width is not as important as the length).
  3. Iron your fabric now to ensure a nice flat surface to make your marks.
  4. Using your measuring tape, start by measuring out every 12 inches – do this on the top and the bottom of your material.
  5. Then use your straight edge and draw a straight line with your pencil. (These are your foot markers)
  6. Now use your measuring tape and pencil, measure every inch and a half and place a small mark – again do this on the top and bottom, but do not draw a straight line this time.
    Within one foot you should have 7 marks. Using your straight edge ruler extend the marks as follows within each foot
    * one inch
    * two inches
    * one inch
    * two and a half inches
    * one inch
    * two inches
    * one inch
    Do this for all 6 feet of your runner.
  7. Using your computer printer, print off numbers 1-6 using Century Font with the font size being 500.
    Cut the numbers out.
  8. Place the numbers in order on your runner with each number to the left side of its corresponding foot line.
    Trace the number with a pencil.
    Repeat this step for all 6 numbers.
  9. Now its time to paint!
    Simply trace all of your pencil marks with your paint brush. Note: I have not tried it, but this could be a fabulous short cut! Especially for the line marks – just make sure it matches your black fabric paint.
    Fill in the traced numbers with your black fabric paint.
    Allow to paint dry completely.
  10. Apply a second coat if necessary. Allow paint to dry completely.
  11. Scotchgard your ruler table runner to help protect it from the stains and dust of daily use.
    Spot clean.

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Comments

  1. This looks like a lot of fun to make and easy as well. This would be great on my table. I love runners on my square table. 🙂
    Kate | The Organized Dream

  2. Debrashoppeno5 says

    If this isn’t the cutest table runner. And so creative.

  3. Janet Vinyard says

    What a clever idea! The runner turned out so nice! Well done & thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

  4. Very cute and perfect for back to school. Thanks for sharing at the Talk of the Town party. I am sharing on Facebook today!

  5. So cute. Great for a back to school theme. Or as a gift to a child’s teacher. Adorable.

  6. melanie - bellenza says

    Clever idea! Perfect for teaching kids about measurements!

  7. This is absolutely one of the best DIY project ideas I have seen on Pinterest! I love it!

  8. I love this tutorial and have made my own table runner, thank you so much! I was wondering, have you had any issues with using scotchguard on this runner? I made a test piece and followed the instructions. It said to spray and then rub vigorously to test colorfastnesses, and the paint rubbed everywhere. But I noticed that once it dried, it didn’t appear to rub off at all even with a wet rag. So I decided to just go for it and use it on my runner. I figured it’s better than worrying about getting out tough stains later. Just wanted to know how the scotchguard has worked for you? I used fabric paint if that makes any difference. Thanks again!

  9. I love this idea for a Fall table runner, Ann! Very creative and unique. Pinned 🙂

  10. Alexandra says

    This is such a fun project! As a teacher gift, or gift to a maker – sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, drawing, woodworking etc – we all use rulers. Looks like a whole lot of work drawing out, and slowly painting. Props to you! I don’t think I would have such patience. I have chosen this as one of my featured projects for this week’s Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live Saturday at 5pm EST.

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