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Round Table Runner How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2011

For a simple, striking, and inexpensive way to add color and style to circular seating, buy a few yards of fabric, snip the ends to create a scalloped pattern (follow the instructions below), and spread the resulting runner over a basic white tablecloth.

Tools and supplies:

Basic How-To:

Buy a square of fabric (linen, shown here, cuts neatly and works well) to fit the desired table size. For a 60-inch table, use 2 yards of 60-inch-wide fabric.

1. Fold the square in half on the diagonal. Repeat four times. Download our template, and print out. Then cut it out, and lay it on the folded tablecloth, aligning the straight edge with one side of the folded fabric. Cut through all layers of the tablecloth following the template edge.


2. Iron out wrinkles if necessary.


Comments (10)

  • Shaan Angel 21 Dec, 2013

    I did it at home as a test and came out perfect
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  • Drake117 16 Aug, 2013

    Thanks for the tutorial. I did it at home as a test and came out perfect! Free Instagram bot

  • PWester 21 Nov, 2011

    I had a lime green paper party table cloth in rectangular shape. I cut it into squares and was able to get 2 large scalloped runners out of it. They are great for a round and even a square table. Great fun idea! I tried another one in white and made the same shape but then improvised and made snow flake shapes for our holiday party. Super cute!!

  • esquared15 9 Aug, 2011

    I just ordered the Lime color in the handkerchief linen. It matches quite well from what I see! You can also order swatches for $2.

  • DinaM 2 Aug, 2011

    Does anyone know the color used in this sample? I love it! I see its from Gray Line Linen fabrics, but they have many kinds and colors. Thanks for any help you can offer!

  • sarahLLF 31 Jan, 2011

    So far using fusible interfacing along the edges before cutting...it makes the "trimming" much tougher, however so far the edges haven't frayed!

  • sarahLLF 31 Jan, 2011

    So far using fusible interfacing along the edges before cutting...it makes the "trimming" much tougher, however so far the edges haven't frayed!

  • katiemkelly 29 Jan, 2011

    I'm also wondering if it will fray??

  • sarahLLF 28 Jan, 2011

    How do you keep the edges from fraying?

  • aerichard 10 Jan, 2011

    how do I change the templet to fit 32in by 32in?