I married into a pretty great family. And part of that family includes a crafty mother-in-law. I think I was quickly accepted into the family by my mother-in-law when I oooed and awwed over her handmade and personalized gift tags at Christmas. Meanwhile the boys just ripped into the presents without even noticing. Now we shop at Joann’s Fabrics together, brainstorm ideas together, and craft together.
A family that crafts together, stays together, right? I think so.
A wedding rolled around and that gave us a great excuse to get crafting. I decided that I had to have farm tables for the wedding. I think I almost gave my dad a heart attack when he got the bill for said tables. When he called to ask about these tables, I quickly told him that we would save money because we didn’t have to rent linens! He scoffed and I assured him that I would stay on budget.
We didn’t need linens, but I did want tablerunners. So Linda and I set out for the fabric store to buy some burlap. We saw the cutest gold polka dot burlap, but they only had one bolt of it and it cost $14/yard. We needed roughly 60 yards, so we realized it was time to make our own. We bought the $2/yard burlap, some gold paint, and started polka-dotting.
To make your own tablerunners, you will need the following:
- Burlap – 1/3 the width of your table and 1-2 feet longer than your table
- gold paint
- round foam brushes
- sewing machine (only necessary if you want finished edges)
Place your burlap in an open space, under an old sheet or towel since the paint goes through the burlap.
Get out your paint, foam brush, and a disposable object to put your paint on.
Let it dry.
Finally, cut the tablerunner into your desired length and width. You can leave the edges with a messy, fringe look, or you can sew a half inch seam.
Here is what the final product looked like at our wedding.
And here is how you could use this tablerunner for the holiday season!
Another great way to use burlap is to make burlap banners. Angela, from Say it with Burlap Etsy shop makes pretty amazing ones, so you don’t have to make it yourself. The best news is that she is giving one away!
Want a festive burlap banner this holiday season? Then enter below!
Last but not least, a special congrats to Kate Thorman for winning the knit headband from earthquake state designs!