There are just a few days left until Valentine's Day, and you want to do something special for your family? Well, there is plenty of time to whip up this table runner for that special day. This one is reversible so you can use it any time of year!
There is something so romantic and beautiful about toile fabric. The pastoral scenes depicted on the fabric conjure up sweet stories in the imagination. Toile fabric originated in Ireland in the mid-18th century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. France adopted the fabric as its own and that is where the word "toile" comes from. The fabric has gone in and out of popularity since that time with the most recent surge in use in the year 2000. I have loved toile for a long time. That is why when I saw this fabric in the Walmart fabric department, a Waverly fabric, I knew I could use it for the table runner I was wanting to make.
I decided to make it reversible, so this is the fabric I found to back it with.
They go well together!
For my table, I purchased 1 and 1/2 yards of each fabric. You should measure your own table to figure out how much you need. I knew that I wanted to add a pointed drop on each end. Because the fabric is 45" wide, this much fabric will actually make 2 runners, and even some napkins if you would like. That means, you could make one as a gift for someone else!
I started by simply deciding how wide I wanted my runner to be and cut out the entire length that wide. I actually just divided the fabric into thirds and cut it into strips. One of the extra strips was used to make the pointed drop.
Toile has a one-way print, so when you attach the pointed ends, make sure that you match the way the print goes. Be careful when you cut them that you cut one from each end so that you will have a match for each end!
I already had the tablecloth that I used underneath the runner. Here is a similar one that comes in many colors for a good price. I like the layered look, or you can just use it on your table by itself.
Now comes the fun, as I play with the dishes and platters I will use to set a Valentine table. Here are some of the things I will be using!
Mugs from Pioneer Woman! Love! These will be perfect for our Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Hot Cocoa Bombs.
Dishes and a candle holder from Dollar Tree were what I used to make this tiered platter.
I think I found the red pedestal plate in the Target 1 Spot. I knew it would be great to showcase the Hot Coco Bombs!
These are the bare bones of our Valentine's table, next week I will show you how it all turned out and what we ate! Don't be afraid to try the table runner! It is super easy and adds a nice punch to a table setting any time of year.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!