Guest blogger: Anna Joyce, applique table runner

Wednesday 20th November 2013, 16.56

You may remember Anna Joyce, our guest blogger from Portland who showed us how to make an appliqué cushion last year. Back by popular demand, Anna shows us how to make an appliqué table runner.


It has been a busy year for Anna, she tells us more about what she’s been up to and how it all began.

“I started my business, Anna Joyce, in 2009 with a sewing machine that was given to me as a wedding gift, and making and selling a small collection of hand appliquéd pieces. Over the past four years I have drawn on my background as a print-maker to design my own textile collection and grow my product line to include housewares and accessories. Every piece is  hand printed and hand made here in Portland, Oregon in the US where I live with my family. My design process is intuitive, relaxed and rooted in the belief that we can and should live with color and pattern everyday.

This past year has been a whirlwind! The launch of my accessories collections, a new website, my two daughters are growing leaps and bounds before my eyes, and to top it all off I am writing a craft and design book to be published in 2015! Writing a book has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I could not be more thrilled to be working with STC Craft on the project. The book is going to be a collection of DIY projects for wardrobe and home – I can’t share much more than that right now, but you can be sure it will feature lots of colour and pattern.”


Follow Anna’s step by step tutorial below to make your own appliqué table runner.



2 Yards (1.83 m) Liberty Lifestyle Floral Print Cotton
1/8 yard (12 cm) quilting weight cottons in a solid colors (you can also use scraps if you have them) for your appliqué pieces.
100% cotton thread in colours to match your appliqué fabrics, one spool for each colour of fabric you choose
1/2 yard (50 cm) fusible interfacing (I like to use the brand “TransWeb)
Sharp scissors
Sewing pins
A pencil
A sewing machine
An iron

Download the Table Runner Pattern Pieces here.


Cut your two yards of Liberty Lifestyle fabric into two pieces each measuring 72” x 13″ (1.83 m x 33cm).  Take one of your table runner pieces and fold it in half and iron in a crease – this will help you place your appliqué perfectly on the centre of your table runner. Set the other 72” x 13” (1.83 m x 33cm) and your left over fabric to the side. You will have fabric left over for another project!

Prepare your appliqué pieces

Trace the appropriate number of pattern pieces from the templates provided in your pattern on the paper side of your fusible webbing and cut them out. One side of the webbing is a very thin web of heat sensitive glue, the other side is a paper that can be drawn on easily – it is transparent enough to see through and trace your pattern pieces with a pencil or pen.

When you have finished tracing the pattern pieces onto the fusible webbing cut out all of your shapes and use a hot steamy iron to adhere them to the WRONG SIDE (BACK) of the solid color corresponding fabrics.

Make sure your iron is on the “cotton / linen” setting and set it so that there is plenty of steam.

Do not peel the paper backing from the appliqué pieces until you have fused them onto your fabric. It is much easier to handle the appliqué pattern pieces when they still have the paper backing in place.

When you have ironed your shapes in place on your fabrics, carefully cut the shapes out around the perimeter of the paper, and peel off the paper backing. After you remove the paper, there will be a very thin layer of heat sensitive glue remaining on the fabric.

Next, following the guidelines on your pattern image, place your cut out pattern pieces onto your 72″ x 13” (1.83 m x 33cm) table runner front with the flower in the middle of the crease you ironed. This will insure that your design is centered properly on your runner. When you have everything where it should be, use your iron to slowly set all of your pieces in place onto front of your cushion. The heat from the iron will fuse your appliqué pieces to your cushion front and eliminates the need for pins.

*TIP – for a more finished look, tuck the ends of each leaf under the stem before you iron down your design.

To prevent the edges of your appliqué pieces from fraying, sew around each individual appliqué piece with a tight zigzag stitch. Each sewing machine is different so you will have to adjust your machine’s stitch settings, varying the width and length of your zigzag stitch. Adjust you machine until you have a zigzag that is the width you like, with a short stitch length so that the stitching is nice and tight and will stop the fabric from fraying.

Centre the stitch over the outer edge of your appliqués and simply sew around the perimeter of each piece. I strongly suggest using a thread that is the same colour as the appliqué piece. It will hide flaws and make your finished table runner look much cleaner and more professional.

*TIP – since you are using a lot of curves in this pattern, take the time to cut out an extra a circle or leaf, and practice your stitching on a scrap piece of fabric- you will be very happy that you did!

When you have finished zigzag stitching around the perimeter of all of your appliqué pieces give your finished table runner front a good press with the iron and set it aside.

Now take the backside of your table runner (the second 72” x 13” (1.83 m x 33cm) piece that you had set aside) and place it on top of your appliquéd piece (FRONT) so that WRONG SIDES ARE TOGETHER. Pin around the entire perimeter of your runner leaving one end open.

Sew around the border of your table runner with a 1/2” seam allowance leaving one end open.

Turn your runner right side out and give it a good pressing, tucking in a 1/2” at the edge of the bottom of the runner that you left open, pin this edge closed and stitch around the entire perimeter (1/4”) of your runner to finish the edges.

Press on more time and then your beautiful; festive autumn table runner is ready to adorn your table!

Follow Anna Joyce on Twitter @annajoycedesign

Credits: Photographer: Linnea Paulina, Digital Assistant: Colleen Romike


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