Tutorial for a Super Easy Quilt As You Go Table Runner Update 05/2022

Isn’t it fun to adorn your home with attractive new decor when the seasons change or for a certain holiday?

What can instantly transform the appearance of your kitchen, dining room, or living room? A tablecloth!

A quilted table runner may instantly convert a room from winter to spring, and it can also serve as a focal point and inspiration for the rest of your design.

In this post, I’ll show you how to make a simple Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner that you’ll want to make for every season and holiday!

Supplies You Will Need For a Quilted Table Runner

  • Fabric: This table runner is perfect for using up scraps or using up a jelly roll.
  • Rulers for Cutting Mat Rotary Cutter
  • For a table runner, I recommend a low-volume cotton batting.
  • Use a solid color or a whimsical print for the backing fabric. It can be a fun reversible project in either case.
  • Fabric for Binding
  • Machine for Sewing
  • Ironing Board and Thread Iron

Before I begin the tutorial, I’d like to go over a few points to ensure that the project does not become confused.

  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) is a technique that is not as difficult as it appears. It implies that you will be piecing and quilting your quilt at the same time. With the help of my images, you’ll see what I mean later in the guide.
  • On QAYG projects, the quilting is hidden on the quilt top but will be visible on the back.
  • Traditional quilting can be done on your QAYG item if desired, but it is not required. If you seek up quilted table runner patterns, you’ll notice that many of them don’t include quilting beyond the initial piecing. It’s entirely up to you and your personal style.
  • Set up your iron near you since you’ll need to press your strips after each seam to keep your product tidy and free of puckering and wrinkles.
  • Table runner quilt patterns come in a variety of forms and sizes, and in this tutorial, I show you how to make a beginner-friendly design. All of my measurements are provided, but you can alter them to match your specific table. Consider this more of a roadmap.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner Tutorial

Let’s get started with the basic steps to make your lovely table runner with those concepts in mind.

Step 1: Decide the size of your runner.

The rule of thumb for table runners is that they should be at least 13 times the width of your table, and they can droop over the table’s edges up to 12″ depending on the appearance you want.

For my kitchen island, I made a tiny table runner. My family and I frequent the island several times a week, and I didn’t want it to drape. I also prefer the look of a table runner that is little broader than 13 times the width of my island, so I adjust my calculations.

My island measures 37 12″ by 62″. My table runner will measure 15″ x 46″ when finished. Depending on your preferences and demands, you can choose the size of your runner. Making something yourself is so much fun since you have complete control over every aspect of the endeavor.

Step 2: Cut your pieces of fabric, batting, and backing fabric.

This is the material I used for this project.

For the top of the table runner:

  • 1- 10 12″ x 15″ and 2- 3 12″ x 15″ bird fabric
  • 2- 2 12″ x 15″ grey leaves
  • 2- 12″ x 15″ black leaves
  • 2- 2 12″ x 15″ and 2- 4 12″ x 15″ black
  • White: 4- ½” x 15″
  • Pink: 4- 2 ½” x 15″


The batting and backing are as follows:

  • One of each, 17″ x 48″: When piecing/quilting, I want the batting and backing to be a bit larger than the table runner top to ensure everything is adequately covered.

To finish the binding:

  • 2 12″ x 130″ white binding

You may cut your strips any size you like, and this is a perfect activity to use up scraps or that jelly roll you bought two years ago but haven’t had a chance to use yet. You can have your strips of the same width or varying sizes, as in my example runner, according on your look.

Step 3: Figure out the placement of your strips.

For this table runner, I wanted to use this lovely bird fabric from Cotton and Steel as the focal point. All of my other textiles were inspired by the color palette of the bird cloth. Once you’ve figured out where you want your components to go, stack them in order so that sewing them all together is simple.

To stack your fabric, start in the middle and work your way right. Then, once you’ve reached the last piece on the right side, return to the center and begin stacking to the left. After you’ve sewn your pieces together, start in the middle and sew the right side first, then flip your item over and sew the left side.


Take a photo of your positioning so you may refer to it when stitching your item together. I’m not sure how it occurs, but something always seems to fall out of place in my stacks, so I always double-check with my image before sewing anything down.

Step 4: Layer your batting on top of your backing fabric.

On top of the backing fabric, lay your batting (make sure your backing fabric is facing the right side down). You can use one of several basting procedures to keep your backing cloth smooth. You might:

  • Spray with a basting spray.
  • Elmer’s glue is recommended. (This is my fave.) It performs admirably, emits no noxious odors, and washes cleanly in the washing machine.)
  • Use pins. Just be VERY careful not to sew on a pin (you’ll ruin your machine), and don’t forget to remove any that are lodged in your project.
  • Fusible batting is recommended.

In order to determine where to place my first strip of fabric, I also marked the center point of my batting. Because the mark I drew was very faint, I added a red dotted line to make it more visible.


Step 5: Begin sewing your strips onto your layers of batting and backing fabric.

Now comes the exciting part. The actual “quilt as you go” process will begin shortly. Work your way to the right, starting in the centre. Place your middle strip on top of your batting, right side up.


Place your next strip right side up on top of the center strip, making sure your borders are properly aligned. Stitch the edge with a 14-inch seam, just as you would when stitching a quilt top together. Stitching through the batting and backing is also possible with this method.


Your project’s first QAYG section has been completed! Fold over the right-side up the second piece you just stitched to the central strip. It should be pressed flat against the batting.


Then, repeat this process until you’ve completed your entire project. Don’t forget to inspect your backing fabric after each seam to ensure it isn’t puckering or folding in any manner.

Step 6: Finish your table runner as desired.

You can stop quilting right there and bind it like any other quilted piece once you’ve finished sewing all your strips to your batting/backing sandwich.


I opted to add more quilting to the strips for this project because I appreciate the added playfulness of this loopy free motion quilting, and I thought some of the plain colors needed something extra.

However, the project did not require any more quilting. Unless you turn your product over and see those gorgeous straight lines you stitched through the back, all the quilting is on the inside of the table runner.


After I finished quilting, I took off the excess batting and backing and finished the project by quilting on the raw edges.


I love working on projects like this since the possibilities are endless. You can decorate your home whenever you want with some fabric, thread, and a little ingenuity thanks to all of the varied holiday and seasonal fabrics available in stores and online.

This quilt-as-you-go table runner is also a great alternative for a quick and simple DIY.

So, whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift or can’t locate the proper decoration for a party you’re throwing, you can use this method to create something lovely and unique.

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