Handkerchief Table Runner

This Handkerchief Table Runner is a project I shared a few years ago.  I love having this table runner on the table because it is so Spring-like.  I thought a repost for Throwback Thursday was definitely in order.  If you can sew a straight line… you can make this fun table runner.  I promise.

Hankies are a thing of the past, it seems.  However, you can still find some beautiful vintage hankies at thrift stores or online.  The ones I chose for this table runner were actually new and I ordered them off Ebay for a few dollars.  So, just because you do not have vintage hankies, don’t be discouraged!  Hit Ebay or Etsy and see what you can come up with!

Hankie Table Runner via Mini Van Dreams

Supplies:

  • Hankies (washed and ironed)
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

 

Directions:

  1. You will need to determine how many hankies you will need for the length of your particular table.  The ones I purchased were 12 x 12″, but these can vary – especially if they are vintage.
  2. Lay out your hankies in a pleasing pattern – as you can see, mine were all floral designs, but I arranged them to flow smoothly with the color combinations.  Prior to sewing, you also need to make sure the edges match closely – some of mine were odd-shaped after washing them.  I just turned those sides to the outside to keep a smooth seam.
  3. Stitch two hankies, right sides together, along one edge.  Continue stitching each hankie to the one before until your table runner is the length you desire.  Note:  Depending on the finished edges of your hankies, you might decide to leave the seams exposed (see below)- if you do this, you will need to sew the hankies WRONG sides together.
  4. Place on your table and enjoy!

Hankie Table Runner via Mini Van Dreams