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DIY Buffalo Plaid Table Runner

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Christmas is just around the corner and I can’t stop myself from filling my house with buffalo plaid everything!  Today I’m showing you this simple DIY buffalo plaid table runner that even a complete beginner can make. That’s me, I promise!

DIY Buffalo plaid table runner.

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Supplies for DIY table runner:

  • 1 1/2 yards of your favorite fabric.  It doesn’t have to be buffalo plaid;-) Here is a link to red and black buffalo check fabric sold by the half yard on Amazon.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Sewing machine. Here is a link to my model.  It works great for beginning sewers such as myself.
  • Straight sewing pins

STEP 1: Cut the fabric to the size needed for your table runner.

The dimensions of my fabric was 39 x 59 inches.  I cut it down to 17 x 59 inches for this table runner.  The blocks on the plaid made it super easy to keep my line straight.

I have another fun project I will be posting about soon using the remainder of the fabric.  Stay tuned for that!

Red and black buffalo check fabric.
Cutting Buffalo plaid fabric for table runner DIY tutorial.

(UPDATE: I made DIY gift bags for Christmas presents. A full tutorial is given so you can make your own! I also show you how to tie a fancy bow to make the gift  bags extra special!)

Step 2: Measure about 1/2 inch from the longest edges and pin.

Measuring material before sewing.

This particular fabric was lined, so it required the pins to be fairly close together. Otherwise, it would not have been as even as I wanted it to be for the ironing / pressing step. (see below)

how to make a table runner for your coffee table

3. Iron Pinned Edge to Make Straight Seam Easier

By the way, I have mentioned several times in recent posts that I’m not much of a seamstress.  A tip that is pretty basic, but I somehow overlooked:  if your pins have a plastic head, ironing over them will melt the head.  Oops!

Ironing edges of table runner before sewing.

Step 4: Sew a straight seam along both long edges.

Sewing a simple table runner.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-5 for the narrow ends.

DIY Buffalo Plaid Table Runner, tutorial for a basic table runner

You’re done with your DIY Buffalo Plaid Table Runner!

DIY Buffalo Plaid Table runner

Finding ways to personalize your home on a dime is an adventure. I truly believe that our homes can be beautiful without spending a fortune. Sometimes I take it as a challenge to find inexpensive projects that make a big impact.

Are you loving buffalo check this year?

It has been the rage the past several winters and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t die anytime soon. I’ve managed to make quite the collection of buffalo plaid items!

Neutral Christmas decor is very appealing, but something about this red and black look is so comforting to me in the winter months.

It looks very holiday, but can carry into the rest of the winter months seamlessly!

Simple table runner.

Candles are in almost every room in my home. I love the hygee feel of a candle burning while I’m snuggled up with a blanket and good book. That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but a girl’s gotta have goals!

Just writing that makes me want to grab a blanket;-)

DIY Buffalo plaid table runner.

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  1. How cuteee! Who doesn’t love buffalo plaid?! Seriously though, this came out so perfect!

  2. I’m pretty much obsessed with anything Buffalo plaid, so this is a perfect project for me! Really cute!

  3. I love the cozy feel of the Buffalo plaid. That deer pillow totally caught my eye too before you mentioned it at the end.

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