Burlap table runners (and DIY tutorials to show you how to make one) are pretty easy to come by, but they all require sewing. Which is fine, whatever, I guess. It's not that hard to sew a straight line. But DUDE. Sewing burlap is a pain.
It's very coarse and difficult to handle and it likes to bunch up and be crooked. So I've come up with a no-sew alternative. Dig it:
|There it is, peeking out from |
behind the creepy Halloween cloth.
You will need to purchase two items to complete this project, and they will total about $5. This is assuming, of course, you already own scissors and an iron. If you don't, well, you'll need to buy those too.
|WHY is this picture sideways?!|
Even if your ironing board is all the way out in the garage and it's a hassle to get to it because there are like, three bikes in the way, take the time to bring it inside. I can say from experience that it is worth the extra effort.
Anyway, when it's all ironed on, trim your burlap a little more nicely, leaving about an inch extra all the way around. I unravled the burlap up to the edge of the Pellon so it would have a cute fringe.
Flip it over, slap it on your table and admire your new burlap table runner! Then begin immediately finding stuff to put on it.
There's a reason everyone's doing these, I realized. Because they are super dang versatile. Here's a nice, neutral look:
|Nothing says "neutral" like doilies!|
Or, OR!! You could drape some scary black cheesecloth over the whole thing and make it Halloweeny!