Back in early Spring when I created my Dyed Doily Table Runner, I was already envisioning an autumn version- with doilies dyed to look like chrysanthemums. AND, I even bought some vintage doilies that had orange and gold hues.
I was *convinced* that that was the plan.
But you know me- I start thrifting and picking and new ideas formed. So I packed up my doilies and dye for another time.
So, back to the thrifting- all summer long, I’ve been stalking my local thrift stores for clearance ($1.00!) flannel shirts. I have an unnatural love of flannel thanks to going to high school in the early ‘90s. In fact, my mother is probably clucking her tongue right now, thinking about all that masculine plaid that hung in my closet. Anyway, I had a couple of ideas for repurposing flannel shirts and needed a good supply…so I decided that a patchwork flannel table runner- accented with some of my grandmother’s old lace trim- would be a project worth trying. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
From Shirt to Runner
After measuring our small-ish dining room table and adding a little extra to hang off each end, I used my craft mat, rotary cutter, and a clear dressmaker’s ruler to cut out five 15” X 15” squares from the backs of each shirt.
Once I had decided on the order/pattern of each sequential square, I simply stitched them together on my sewing machine.
Following this, I hemmed all the raw edges- just a simple once-over ¼” hem.
After ironing my string of squares (and flattening those inner seams), I was ready for the finishing touch- the lace! The beauty of creating a patchwork runner with plaid flannels is that there are already straight(ish) lines on the fabric- but even with that, my square-cutting skills are still developing. So, the lace acted as a great equalizer- by adding lace stripes over the connecting seams, you can’t see any uneven sewing/cutting issues!
The Big Reveal
Once all the lace “stripes” had been stitched on, my flannel & lace table runner was finished!
I loved that it was rustic and not your typical autumn runner- burlap, leaves, etc. It also has a mountain lodge-appeal to it without being over-the-top. I was inspired by the look of old woolen plaid blankets draped across chairs or spread over tables…but those can be pricey! My version of it was like, five bucks…
Now I just need some pinecones and acorns to fill my apothecary jars, and I’ll be all set!
Oh! Before I forget- stay tuned for another flannel project using the scraps from these shirts…arms, fronts, etc. Nothing will go to waste!
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