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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

.:Cricut Free Throw Competition - Ruffled Table Runner:.

I know what you’re thinking. Table runner? Doesn’t that involve sewing? Isn’t Cricut a digital cutting machine and crafting company?

Don’t worry, I am not losing it. Today I’m going to show you how I made a table runner, and then made it even better by using one of Cricut’s new products: iron on heat transfer.

We were challenged to make a home d├ęcor item with this new iron transfer, and this is what I made.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Ruffled Table Runner:.

My table runner was inspired from this tutorial. Our end results look the same, and I did use some of her method, but I also changed it a little bit as well.

Here’s what you need:

- fabric (1/2 yard for middle fabric, 1 yard for border fabric)
- sewing machine/accessories
- iron

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Start off by taking the main fabric, and cutting it to 9 inches long by the width of the fabric. Cut two pieces this size.

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Sew the two pieces together, matching up the 9 inch sides. This will give you one long strip.

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Sew a gathering stitch along each long side. Gather each side evenly to the length you want your table runner to be.

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Set this aside, and get ready to cut the border fabric. Cut four pieces 8.5 inches long by the width of the fabric. (Only two shown here).

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Iron each border piece in half long ways.

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Sew two pieces together to create one long strip. Do this twice to give you two long strips.

Pin the raw edges to the raw, ruffled edge of the main fabric – right sides together.

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Sew in place.

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Repeat on the other side. Turn the border edges down and iron.

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Top stitch.

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Fold over the ends twice – about an inch each – and stitch down.

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Now it’s time to get busy with your Cricut!

I opened up Cricut Craft Room and selected the font I wanted to use. There are lots of options of fonts to choose from! Since this is going in my dining room, my friend suggested that I put ‘Bon Appetit’ on the table runner. She has good taste, so of course I agreed with her.

After checking the spelling with trusty google, I made up the phrase to the size that I wanted. I did two so that I could put one on each end of the runner.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Ruffled Table Runner:.

Before you cut, you need to make sure that you flip your image!

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Now it’s time to cut! Make sure you put the shiny side of the transfer on the mat. For the iron on heat transfer, you want to do a ‘kiss cut’ which means that the Cricut machine will only cut through the iron on transfer, and not the liner. The settings are different depending on which kind of iron transfer you are using. For mine, it was blade set to 3, pressure set to 2, and medium speed. The kiss cut settings will come with your iron on transfer material! 

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Cut the transfer and use the liner to place it where it is going on the table runner. Place a thin towel over the top and iron it in place. After you’ve done that, flip it over and apply heat to the bottom of the area you are applying the heat transfer to. This will help secure it.

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Peel up the plastic liner and that’s it! Now you’ve got a lovely table runner to make your home even more homey.

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I love that the font is subtle, and doesn’t take away from the pattern of the table runner, or make it seem too busy.

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Now I just need a great centerpiece to go on my table runner and I’m set!

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You can pick up a sample pack of three rolls of the iron on heat transfer for $34.99, or if you're in the market for a machine, too, you can grab a bundle that includes a Cricut Expression, three rolls of iron on transfer, and a tool kit for only $199.99; that's over $100 off! What a steal!

What would you make with the iron on heat transfer?

8 comments:

  1. Super cute project! I have that middle fabric and love it. Wished I would have bought more.

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  2. I love this! I've never thought of making a ruffled table runner - it turned out beautifully!

    Angie
    www.easylivingmom.com

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  3. Cute project! I love the tutorial, and how you assured me it was easy! :)

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  5. Must you only use a cricut mini? I have a Circut Expression. I'm not sure what you mean by a "kiss" cut.

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    1. No, any machine will work just fine! A kiss cut is just a cut that won't go through both the iron on material and the liner that is used to help you attach the material to whatever you are ironing it on to. A kiss cut just cuts through the iron on material of your design, but does not cut through the liner. I apologize for not being more clear in my tutorial! The iron on material comes with a settings guide to help you set your machine to the right settings to make a kiss cut. Going to update it now! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  6. This is so cute! I love the idea and need more table runners for each season of the year. Thanks again for the idea!

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  7. THis is so cute!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the iron-on!!!

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Thanks for leaving a comment! I love reading them! I try to reply to questions the best I can, but you can always email me at sumossweetstuff {at} gmail {dot} com.

Sumo:)