Ruffled Denim Table Runner {With tutorial}

Alright my friends, I am so excited about this project!!  I started it Friday afternoon and ended up staying up till 1 a.m. to finish it.  You know how you start a project and get caught up in it and can't wait to finish?!  That was how I felt with this project.

I know you must have seen the gorgeous ruffled burlap table runner over at Tatertots & Jello.  Holy cuteness!

Well, I loved the ruffles and wanted to make a table runner for our little {tiny} kitchen table.  I have been trying to bring in a lot of red's into my very-brown living room and kitchen--which is pretty much the same room in our {tiny} apartment!  So I put my own spin on Jen's fabulous idea with my denim ruffled table runner.  Here is what I did to whip this up:

Disclaimer:  As always, I am sure there is an easier, cuter, or more efficient way to do things.  This is what I did, and this is what worked for me!

I bought 5 different fabrics (about 1/3 yard each).  I planned to do some red and white, and then suddenly I realized it would look red-white-and-blue, and kind of liked that idea... so I went with it!

Anyway, I cut strips of fabric that were 36 inches long (except with my white fabric, I only had 22 inches length to work with, so I made them 22 inches long and gathered these ruffles LESS.)  I varied up the width from 2.5 to 3.5 inches wide.  I needed 2 strips per ruffle, so I pinned 2 of these together, wrong sides together.

To prevent fraying, I zigzagged around the entire strip.  There is still some fraying, but again, I like the way that worked with the denim.

Next, I sewed down the center of each fabric strip without backstitching at all.  I pulled on a thread to gather the ruffle together.  I wanted the ruffles to end up being about 17 inches long, so I measured them until I got the length I wanted.
Then I sewed over my center stitch again to secure each ruffle--and this time I backstitched.  I created about 14 or 15 ruffles for my table runner, but you could do more or less depending on the look you want.

I measured a table runner I already had because I knew it would look good on my table.  I started with about 1 3/4 yards of denim (50% off at JoAnn's last week!).  I folded my denim in half and measured out 70 inches long and 18 inches wide.  I cut my 2 pieces for the front and back.

I decided I wanted a ribbon edge, so I bought a roll of about 15 yards of this adorable red polk-a-dot ribbon.  I used Wonder Under to adhere the ribbon to all 4 edges of my runner.  I adhered the ribbon about 1/2 inch from each edge, leaving room for my seams.

After ironing the ribbon on, I sewed all the way around the ribbon.  I sewed both the outer and inner edges for added security.

Now for the fun part!!  I arranged the ruffles where I wanted them and pinned them onto the denim.  Pin very carefully because it is very easy to sew a ruffle crooked... at least for me.  A couple of them snaked around on me!

After all of the ruffles were sewed in place, I pinned the top denim piece (with the ruffles) to the bottom denim piece, right sides together.  Then it was time to sew, baby, sew!  I left a 1/2 inch seam allowance around all 4 edges and sewed all the way around, leaving a good-sized opening to turn it inside out.

Then I turned it all the way inside out, admired my work, and sewed up the opening by hand.

I pressed all the way around my edges to be sure the ribbon would lie flat (it was so close to my seam, it needed a little extra help.)  And then I trimmed up all of those extra threads...

So here it is.  What do you think??  Now I just need to decide what kind of centerpiece would look good.  Any ideas???  Any flower experts out there??  I would love your input.

Have a wonderful week... and thanks for stopping by!!

PS I currently have 199 followers.  Would anyone like to push me into the 200's??  I do have a give-away up my sleeve for reaching the 200-mark!!

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  1. Kerry Jane says

    I'm sure flowers would look great, but you should definitely do something with stars!!! Only because I LOVE americana themes!! Some kind of cute wooden star arrangement instead of flowers…too bad that's all I can think of, just what it should be, not how to do it!

  2. Genius, Kerry! I already have 1 big metal star and 2 little metal stars.. I could do something with those perhaps.

  3. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Oh my gosh, this is so cute!! I loved Jen's with the burlap, but I'm really feeling the denim. Great tutorial!!

  4. LuckyStarErin says


  5. Love it! Great job! Don't you just love Tatertot's & Jello. Now I do not know which one I want to make… maybe one of each!!! LOL :O)

  6. Chocolate Sundaes says

    this is super cute! I'd love for you to link up to sundae scoop

  7. I'll be your 200th follower!

  8. Super super cute! I love the look of it

  9. So cute! I just finished my burlap table runner over the weekend too! I love them!

  10. Craft Envy says

    Wow, beautiful project! I hope you'll link up this coming Saturday for our very first Saturday Spotlight Linky party!

  11. Stephanie Lynn says

    Super cute! Love all the ruffles and your fabric choices! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  12. saffiertje says

    o, wow this is awesome!!!!
    Also cute to make a bed cover like this!!!!!

  13. This turned out so cute! It looks like it would be really hard but you gave great instructions.

  14. Jen Sue Wild says

    Get a tall straight vase and put fake apples or lemons in them/
    I love runners I might have to give this a try.

  15. I love it! I host a link party on saturdays it is and would love for you to join me 🙂

  16. Stacey @ Fun to Craft says

    I love how this turned out. Those ruffles are darling!! I am featuring this as part of 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' Party at Fun to Craft. Thanks for linking up! Come by and snag a featured button.

  17. Michelle @ Sweet Something says

    Great job! Love those ruffles!

  18. I love this! So cute (I think it's even better than T&Js.)

  19. Tracey @ My House of Giggles says

    SO cute! You did a great job! I need to pull out my dusty old sewing machine and get to work 🙂

  20. That is just darling! Great job! 🙂

  21. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    Now, that is super cute. I love the mix of fabrics!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

  22. Tam @ Sew Dang Cute says

    I love the denim! Very cute!!

    Thanks for linking up!! (and I would try to be your 200th follower, but I'm already one of the 199)!!

  23. I really like this table runner! You can't go wrong with denim and ruffles! So cute!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet note.
    Looks like you made your 200 – congrats. I'm following now too. 🙂

  24. Hi,
    I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory

  25. I am SO in love with denim! What a great idea! I've just about used up all my denim scraps so making this would give me a great excuse to go get more! Maybe matching place mats! Thanks for stoppy by my blog! It's so fun to connect with so many amazing women this way!

  26. oops, that was supposed to say stoppING. Apparently I type to fast!

  27. Oh…I love the ruffles!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

  28. raggygirlvintage says

    So adorable Alison, and I love how durable denim is for a runner!

  29. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    This really turned out cute-Happy 4th!

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