Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring/Easter Table Runner (Chick Table Runner)

Hey, I have had a few request to put this up on Etsy.  Well, I have finally done it!  Check it out on the link below!

I have had a few requests for Easter ideas.  So...last Friday I put my brain to work.  I came up with 5 ideas.  I am going to try and post them as quickly as I can.  However, this week I am campaigning for a position on campus of the University we live next to.  We'll see.  My ideas consist of a table runner, table setting, date idea, and 2 cheap/creative gifts to put in Easter baskets.  I will post them in the order indicated.

Here is the table runner I created and sewed in one afternoon.  I actually started with a completely different concept and ended with this one.  When I finish the other one I will post that too.

Brief Instructions:
Quilt Portion: I used a piece of blue scrap fabric for the top of the table runner.  First, I laid this blue fabric down (right side up).  Then, I laid the backing (right side down) on top.  Next, I laid a piece of cotton batting on top of the backing.  I sewed a 1/4 inch around the entire piece, leaving an opening to flip right side out.  Then, I trimmed the extra fabric and batting so that there was only 1/4 inch on each side.  Next, I snipped the corners so that they would lay flat and finished if off by hand sewing the opening closed. 

Top Stitching: I took a ruler and placing it at a 45 degree angle drew lines onto my quilt (using a disappearing marker) 2 inches apart.  I did the same thing going the opposite direction.  Then, I sewed along the lines with a sewing machine.

Chicks: To create the chicks I ironed wonder under on to the back of yellow fabric.  Then, I traced on the paper side around circular Tupperware from my kitchen to get different chick sizes.  I cut out each chick and ironed them onto the quilt.  I did the same thing with the orange beaks.  Then, with 2 strands of black embroidery floss I blanket stitched around the beaks and chick bodies.  As for the legs, I first drew them on with a disappearing marker then I embroidered over the markings.  Finally, I sewed buttons onto the larger chicks and french knots onto the smaller chicks for eyes.

I hope you have a fabulous day filled with the joys of spring!  Stay tuned to see the table setting I created using this table runner.


Amber said...

Amazing! You never cease to amaze me. Love the blue and yellow.

Jana and Brett said...

Ooo! I love the bright spring colors! Super cute chick-a-dees! I wish I had a sewing machine to do this project!! :0)

Unknown said...

Love all of the Easter ideas. Especially the one for the Easter baskets for the kiddos. Great ideas, love them!

The Sunshine Crew said...

I wish that you had this adorable table runner for sale. I have two sons and so many things for Easter and Spring are more geared for girls.
I am half tempted to try to make one myself, but I have never made anything like this before...although your directions sound fairly simple.
Oh, just sooooo cute!
Thanks for posting!
Congrats on being featured on the Creative Blogs list. Cool!
Happy Easter!