Monday, November 16, 2009

Burlap Table Runner

FIrst of all, let me say how inspired I am by all of the crafty blogs out there. Some of my favorites are:
The DIY Showoff
The Lettered Cottage
It's So Very Cheri
Room Remix
Craftaholics Anonymous
Someday Crafts
Project Pretty

Materials needed:
2" wired ribbon, 2.5x the length of your burlap runner
stitch witchery
freezer paper
tempera paint

The inspiration for my burlap table runner comes from la*T*da's give thanks pillow. How cute is that!?!?

Mr. Tote is so supportive of my many projects. How cute is that!?!?

Blow up your letters and trace onto the non-waxed side of the freezer paper. For all the font junkies out there, I used King from

Use an exacto knife to cut out the letters. We found this very easy to do when laying the freezer paper on a piece of scrap carpet. The blade went through MUCH easier than when we had it on the concrete.

Iron your ribbon in half lengthwise. Place the ribbon on both sides of the burlap, sorta like a sandwich.

Using stitch witchery and an iron, "glue" the ribbon in place. You could also use some fabric tacky glue. In fact, it probably would have gone a lot quicker with the glue. Using the stitch witchery and an iron along both sides and front and back took about two hours to complete.

Pin the freezer paper onto the burlap to hold it in place before ironing it down.

Paint in the letters. Be sure to leave a piece of paper on the underside of the burlap! Don't want paint on the kitchen table!

Once the paint is dry, pull off the freezer paper and VOILA!!! I can't believe how well this turned out. I was grinning from ear to ear right after I pulled off the freezer paper.

I am excited to be joining The DIY Showoff's Holiday Highlights Party!


  1. That looks so great, Katie!

  2. I love it! It's awesome that your husband helped you too!

  3. Wow! I'm in love with this! You did an incredible job and it looks SO good.

  4. That looks awesome! I think Mr. Tote deserves "husband of the year!"

  5. I'm pretty sure that if you would have ironed the shiny side of the freezer paper to the burlap, it would have held, and when you were done painting, you can just peel it off easily. That is what quilters used for templates all the time. It would make your paint job quick and clean. It looks fantastic!

  6. Hi Sparta Savings - that's exactly what I did. Hope my tutorial didn't confuse anyone!

  7. Wow.. that is incredible!!

  8. That came out really good! Your hubby looks very intent on what he is doing ~ great that he gets involved.

  9. You did a fantastic job. It's awesome! I have been wanting to make a burlap runner for the longest time. Now that I have a new's going to happen!

    Sorry I'm so late - but thank you so much for adding your creativity to the DIY holiday party! :)
    (and for your votes!)