Free Table Runner Patterns for Any Season of the Year

Table runner patterns are nearly always easy to customize to suit any season or special event.

You'll find that lots of table runner patterns are designed with a seasonal theme -- Christmas and Thanksgiving table runners are two of the most popular.  Change fabrics entirely to give each table runner an entirely different appearance and when the runners are made from quilt blocks simply add or subtract blocks to alter length and width.

Always remember that there's no need to use fabrics...MORE similar to those chosen by the designer.

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    Wingled Geese Table Runner Pattrn
    Make a Winged Geese Table Runner. Janet Wickell

    This table runner pattern was originally a short mystery quit, and although the pages progress in that way, it makes more sense now to just peek ahead at the final result.

    Borders are constructed from a coordinating border stripe print, but that type of fabric is not a requirement -- any print you love will work just fine.

    Winged Geese quilt blocks are an all-time favorite. You'll see them again in a wallhanging called Which Way Do We Go

  • 02 of 05
    Patchwork Table Runner Pattern
    Patchwork Table Runner. Janet Wickell

    This patchwork table runner finishes at about 22" x 65". Blocks finish at 10" square, so each new on-point block you add to the design will increase the runner's length by approximately 14". Yes, you'll need to cut extra setting triangles to place above and below new blocks, and increase the length of borders, but those steps are a breeze and the pattern explains how to get the job done.

    Make matching placemats with a single block placed on-point, or switch it up and sew...MORE two blocks side-by-side -- the look will still coordinate.

    When you sew placemats, try surrounding the on-point quilt blocks with corner triangles and add extra borders on the sides to increase length, followed by a single border on top and bottom.

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    Easy Scrap Table Runner Pattern

    Table Runner Pattern
    Three Variations of a Patchwork Table Runner. Janet Wickell

    Three slightly different variations of this patchwork table runner are illustrated, but you can make the runner in any color you choose or grab your stash bag and work with a very scrappy selection of fabrics, with no regard to color at all.

    The table runner is one quilt block tall and each block is made from half square triangle units. The table runner finishes at 12-1/2" x 72-1/2".

    • Do you need a taller or longer table runner? Add borders or sew another row of quilt blocks.
    • Do you need a...MORE shorter table runner? Reduce the number of blocks.

    It's simple to make matching placemats by sewing two quilt blocks side by side. Sew one or more borders around the blocks to make larger placemats.

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    Easy Bow Tie Look Table Runner Pattern

    Easy Patchwork Table Runner
    Make an Easy Patchwork Table Runner. Janet Wickell

    Sew this simple bow tie look table runner in a very orderly fashion or go totally scrappy because the design works either way. You might even try using neckties to create the central patchwork.

    The table runner finishes at 22-1/2" x 60 as shown, but it's easy to change its dimensions.


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    Bear's Paw Table Runner Pattern
    Use Bear's Paw Blocks to Make a Table Runner. Janet Wickell

    This coordinating set of patterns includes a table runner, placemats, and a 60" x 60" quilt that can be used as a wallhanging or in another decorative way.

    Patchwork for the three quilted pieces is made from a blend of the Bear's Paw quilt block and the Maple Leaf quilt block.

    Customization Options for Any Table Runner 

    • Add sashing between the quilt blocks.
    • Add a row (or more) of Flying Geese or other types of patchwork (such as half square triangle units).
    • Use applique to customize the...MORE layout.
    • Add extra borders around the table runner.
    • Change the width of borders or eliminate borders.

    No matter how a table runner pattern is designed, you can always find a way to customize the project to suit your needs.