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 décor item with this new iron transfer, and this is what I made.
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
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.
Sew the two pieces together, matching up the 9 inch sides. This will give you one long strip.
Sew a gathering stitch along each long side. Gather each side evenly to the length you want your table runner to be.
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).
Iron each border piece in half long ways.
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.
Sew in place.
Repeat on the other side. Turn the border edges down and iron.
Fold over the ends twice – about an inch each – and stitch down.
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.
Before you cut, you need to make sure that you flip your image!
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!
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.
Peel up the plastic liner and that’s it! Now you’ve got a lovely table runner to make your home even more homey.
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.
Now I just need a great centerpiece to go on my table runner and I’m set!
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?