Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Handmade Gift Exchange: Burlap Chevron Stripe Table Runner

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This year, Southern Color is participating in the Holiday Handmade Gift Exchange with Craftaholics.  You get paired up with another blogger or blog reader and become pen pals.  Once you've learned a little about each other, you make a handmade gift for them :)

I was paired up with Rachel.  From what I learned, she likes shabby chic decor with a hint of whimsy.  I wanted to make her something she could use throughout the holidays but also year round.  Since chevron stripes are so popular, I figured a burlap chevron stripe table runner would be perfect!

What you'll need:
Burlap (cut 15 inches by 72 inches)
Painters tape
White Acrylic Paint
Foam Brush and Roller

You can customize the size of your runner based on the length of your table.  Martha Stewart says your table runner should have an overhang of 12 inches.

Cut to size leaving room for seam allowance.  Fold over all edges 1/2 inch and iron.  Then run a seam around the edge.  This will give your runner a clean look and will prevent the burlap from unraveling.

Now it's time to create the chevron stripe.  You can use Julia's method here

I created a template using Julia's method.  Use painter's tape to outline the template. My template and tape were 2 inches wide, you can make this as wide or thin as you want.

Since I am going for a shabby chic look, I choose to do a white wash.  Mix 3 parts white acrylic paint to 1 part water. 

Paint on using a foam brush for the edges and a roller for the other areas.
When painting against the edges, use your foam brush and paint away from the tape.  If you paint into the tape, you could push unwanted paint under the tape.

Allow to dry - about 2 hours depending on how thick the paint is.

And there you go- a fun & festive burlap & chevron stipe table runner!

Decorate for the holidays with garland and candles.  Or mix with Christmas pattern placemats.  The options are endless!

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Accidentally Wonderful said...

Burlap and chevron are two of my favorite things =) I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy with how it turned out :) We've linked up to Accidentally Wonderful!

Unknown said...

Love it! Such a cute runner!! You are so good at DIY!! I wish I was as good as you. I start it but then never finish it...I loose interest before I can finish. Great gift too!!!


Anonymous said...

This is so lovely! I made our tree skirt with ruffled burlap and white fabric and this would be a perfect compliment on our Christmas table! Great tutorial!!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

You're sweet! I promise you this project wasn't difficult, you should give it a try :)

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

I love burlap for the Holidays! I'm sure this would look great with your tree skirt - let me know if you try it out!

Jill said...

Great table runner!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Accidentally Wonderful said...

We're featuring this awesome tutorial on Inspiration Spotlight tomorrow! Be sure to link up at the next party!

Theresa said...

Hey Elizabeth, Sending you an email with your featured code! Thanks for linking up with us & hope to see you tomorrow! Visiting from & Inspiration Spotlight

Cassie Bustamante said...

it looks fabulous and adds the perfect graphic punch!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

I am all about chevron this year, I can't get enough of it!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So fun, love the combo of the chevron and burlap! Thank you so much for linking up to our party!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Lovely and of course I like the chevron print.

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks for hosting!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Chevron and burlap are all the rage!! Happy Holidays Andrea!

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