Ruffled Burlap Table Runner Tutorial

Several weeks ago, I started thinking about decorating my table for Fall and Thanksgiving. I created my drop-dead-gorgeous DIY hurricane vases, but I wanted something to dress up my table a bit more.  However, I didn’t want to spend much on it.

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

So I dreamed up the idea of sewing a ruffled burlap table runner.  Burlap and cotton broadcloth are cheapo! :) Now, I’m not an excellent seamstress, but hopefully I can clearly explain how I made my table runner.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Burlap 2 1/2 yards
  • Lining Fabric
  • Cotton Fabric for ruffle  90″ x 12 1/2″  (the length is variable)
  • Grosgrain Ribbon 1 1/4 yards
  • Thread – 2-3 different colors (I used ecru, cinnamon and chocolate brown)

I cut the burlap to 80″ by 21″.  Then I cut the lining (which I seamed – not one solid piece) to 78″ by 18″ or so.  I’m so not a perfectionist when I sew.  I wing it.


With right sides together, I sewed the lining and burlap together on the long sides.  Leave the ends open and turn right side out.


Note: If I was a perfectionist and wanted the reverse side to look beautiful too, I would have sewed the ruffle on before I sewed the lining and burlap together.  But oh well. Who looks under table runners anyway?! :)


If you look at the back of my table runner, you might also see this.  {rolls eyes}

Press each side well.  The runner will now measure approximately 76″ x 17″.


Turn under the ends and then stitch.


How I Made The Ruffle:


Press 1/2 inch under on both long sides of the ruffle fabric.  Begin pinning ruffle to burlap.  Pin 3″ or so up from the end hem.  Then pin in the middle.

Pin ruffles down…making them as equal as possible.  Stitch down each side about 1/4″  in from edge of ruffle.

To finish off the ends of the ruffle, I added grosgrain ribbon and stitched down both sides.


I’m in love with my beautiful ruffled burlap table runner!

Have you created anything lately with burlap?

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  1. OOH! That is absolutely fantastic! LOVE the colours! I think that i may just need to make that! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. How pretty! What a great idea.
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  3. It turned out great! I love it.

    I just awarded you a stylish blog award! You can read about it on my blog and click the link in the post to Jenni’s blog (since I have a blocker on the pics I post) to pick-up the award. Hope your day was great!
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  4. I LOVE it!!!

  5. I am so going to try this.. thanks for the inspiration…

  6. You GO girl! It is beautiful!! Now make one for me too!
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  7. Myra, it’s beautiful!

  8. This is so cute. Oh, I wish I could sew!
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  9. this is beautiful! I’ve decided to make one of these as a Christmas gift. thanks for such a great tutorial!
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  10. It’s soooo pretty and thanks for the tutorial!!!!


  11. Love!!
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  12. This is amazing! Very nice choice of color. :)

  13. What a beautiful fall filled vignette. Keep up the beautiful work! Happy Thanksgiving!
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  14. i have been looking for inspiration for my table all week for my 18 foot table. i need cheap and cheerful…i love your runner! found you through tatertots
    christy´s last blog post ..sticky toffee pudding

  15. SO so beautiful Myra! I love every thing about it!


  16. What a great table runner. I never get tired of these burlap projects. It’s so pretty the way you added the textured placemat and matching napkin.
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  17. Visiting via the weekend wrap up, this is gorgeous! I am now going to check out those hurricanes.
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  18. You can always get me with ruffles and pleats! Fantastic job!
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  19. That’s beautiful! This would be great to bring back out for Valentine’s Day! :) Thank you for sharing!!
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  20. Stephanie says:

    I’m totally turning this into a pillow. Thanks for the tutorial!

  21. Hi! I have an odd question. You wouldn’t happen to know what ounce burlap you used, would you? Or even where you got it would help. I am wanting to sew some burlap bags, but I know the burlap I use a lot isn’t quite as sturdy as some burlap that is used in the bags I see. After researching, I see that there is 5 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., etc. burlap, and I can’t figure out what is best for sewing!

  22. That is AWESOME! I am so nervous about trying table coverings due to I can’t sew in a straight line for 24 inches so I don’t know how I am going to be able to do it for 90 inches, it intimidates me but yours turned out so great!

  23. I love this table runner. It looks great.

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  24. This is so fun! A must try, actually! Absolutely gorgeous!

    I would love to have you share this at my first link party–
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  25. That is so luxurious looking! I love it! I wish I could sew, haha! I would love to have one of these in my home. If you don’t already, you could totally sell some of your awesome things on Etsy!
    Chels R´s last blog post ..Coconut Macaroons

  26. That’s so cute! You could several variations for different seasons!!
    Love too that you’re not a perfectionist :) Happy Fall!

  27. Ohh…how pretty!
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  28. Janice Gardner says:

    Dear Myra – I am inspired by your beautiful projects and beautiful words! May you be blessed and have a wonderful day…..


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