Repurposed Flannel Shirt and Vintage Lace Fall Table Runner

Repurposed Flannel Shirt and Vintage Lace Fall Table Runner

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.

Flannel shirts from the thrift store and vintage lace ribbon to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Don’t you just want to dive in?

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.

Repurposing thrift store flannel shirts to create a flannel and lace table runner for cabin style autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

A plaid of plaids!

Once I had decided on the order/pattern of each sequential square, I simply stitched them together on my sewing machine.

Stitching together flannel sections from thrifted shirts to create a fall table runner by Sadie Seasongoods /

Super simple sewing…

Following this, I hemmed all the raw edges- just a simple once-over ¼” hem.

Hemming the raw edges of stitched together flannel sections from thrifted shirts to create a fall table runner by Sadie Seasongoods /

Y’all might recognize that pincushion…

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 stitching lace stripes over the connecting seams with my machine, you can’t see any uneven sewing/cutting issues!

Using vintage lace ribbon to cover the seams of a patchwork table runner made with upcycled flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods /

A lovely way to hide the seams…

Using vintage lace ribbon to cover the seams of a patchwork table runner made with upcycled flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods /

Nice and clean!

The Big Reveal: Fall Table Runner

Once all the lace “stripes” had been stitched on, my flannel & lace table runner was finished!

DIY Fall table runner using upcycled flannel shirts and repurposed vintage lace ribbon for rustic cabin style autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

…and it’s done! Just like that.

DIY Fall table runner using upcycled flannel shirts and repurposed vintage lace ribbon for rustic cabin style autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Cottonball approves!

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!

DIY Fall table runner using upcycled flannel shirts and repurposed vintage lace ribbon for rustic cabin style autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Love it! What do you think?

Oh! Before I forget- stay tuned for another flannel project using the scraps from these shirts…arms, fronts, etc. Nothing will go to waste! And please check out my full collection of repurposed autumn project ideas for even more inspiration!

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  1. Stephanie C says:

    Very cool. I just wish I saved some of my husband’s old flannel shirts.

  2. I could do this. I went to an estate sale and picked up a bunch of flannel. Can’t wait to make this runner. Thanks for the idea.

  3. YOU my lady friend, are SO creative! I love it! (& the doilie runner too!!!)

  4. Love this! Keep the flannel projects coming.

  5. i love flannel and wear a flannel shirt every day 🙂 they are warm and comfy! this is such an awesome idea and will have to save my shirts to do this when they are ready for replacement. I could see this too with jeans!

  6. I really like this, flannel reminds me of fall… and being a teenager that had on flannel everyday.

  7. Such a great idea and so cute!

  8. I LOVE this! It’s so clever how you used your grandmother’s lace. I’m working on a flannel table runner right now, too, but I’m waiting for my mom to round up a few more of my dad’s flannels.

  9. This is so beautiful! I like the idea and the result! I will try it! thank you

  10. You are so frickin’ creative!! I love this and am so making one. Thanks for sharing. I an in awe over your re-purposing skills.

    • Thank you so much, Michelle- I really appreciate that!! Every now and again, I need to see a comment/compliment like that to keep on truckin’. It’s amazing how invigorating some kind words can be. 🙂

  11. Great way to repurpose old shirts! I love it!

  12. This is adorable!! If only I had a sewing machine 🙁

  13. I love that! It’s such a comforting look, perfect for fall.

  14. maidenjane says:

    This is so charming! i’ll be pinning it!

  15. cynthiamurdoch says:

    Popping over after Salvagesisterandmister’s share. What a great repurpose project. I’m pinning.

  16. This is such a great way to spice up the table!

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  17. Beautiful table and Runner! Love the combination of Lace and Flannel! Thank you for sharing at OhMyHeartsieGirls WW! Pinned! xo

  18. I love how you are so frugal that you will use the scapes too. I also have a collection of clothing that I repurpose. I recently covered a chair using an old blouse. Your runner is rustic and oh so homey and comfty looking.

  19. Ooh I LOVE this!! I definitely want to make one! This would be great for fall AND winter – so cozy!! I found you at Grandma Ideas 🙂

  20. Love this! Wish I had some old flannel shirts now. I may hijack some from my husbands side of the closet. He never wears them anyway. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! I love partying with you!

  21. I love it. I have fallen in love with plaid again for clothes but how perfect for a rustic table runner. Looks fabulous on your fabulous table!!

  22. Great idea, love the plaids and lace runner on your table.

  23. Love the warmth it brings to the room, perfect for Fall!

  24. Such a cute idea Sarah! Clothing upcycle projects are my favorite! Such a cute winter/fall runner! thank you for sharing with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!


  25. Love this table runner!! The lace is a nice soft touch to the flannel!! Very creative idea!!

  26. Béatrice says:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thanks a lot for this table runner. I have got some cut flannel shirts, a box of lace from my GrandMa and especially, it gave me another idea. I keep since several decades of Kelsh fabric that have suffered from the time I think I might do the same thing using Kelsh fabric and old lace. The lace gives a special charm to your table runner, a good and cute idea
    Thank you to sharing

  27. Hello Sarah,
    Wow I really love this table runner you made. It’s so perfect for fall and the holidays.
    I hope you have a nice Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

  28. Love making new things from old! I’m always trying to think of ways to use the fabric from clothing found at the thrift store. Thank you for the terrific idea!

  29. Love this! I haven’t been able to find the perfect fall table runner yet but I think you’ve given me some inspiration!

  30. I love flannel too and making a table runner from thrift store flannel shirts is a great idea. The contrast between the lace and flannel is so charming. Again thank you for linking up to the very first Vintage Charm!

  31. Love this! Great job and inspires me to do the same.

  32. Love your table runner! I also wore flannel in high school. Still love it, and have a few flannels hanging in my closet for winter.

  33. This is very sweet! Flannel is the style here every year in WA state! Visiting from Julie’s Lifestyle blog party.

  34. That is such a GREAT idea!!! It looks so nice!! God bless

  35. This is such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  36. Sarah, that just looks so earthy and comfy and sort of ‘G’night John-Boy’ Waltons-ish…lol! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

  37. You are so cleaver. I am not a sewer but I’m sure I could complete this. Love flannel! I wore it too

  38. Another great idea! This is perfect for both fall and winter!!! I too had loads of flannels from my high school days and think it’s funny that my teen can’t get enough flannels in her wardrobe now. Thank you for sharing this at Welcome Home Wednesday Linky!!!

  39. Super cute! You did a great job. I wish I could sew.I’m stopping by from the link up, I hope your having a great day.

  40. Such a great way to use up those old flannel shirts! It looks perfect on your rustic and chic dining table and chairs! Definitely pinned this one for later!

  41. Good Morning Sarah!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too!

  42. I like the runner, but I LOVE the table! 🙂

  43. Hi Sarah. What a creative idea. Very homey. Thanks for sharing with us again at #Throwback Thursday. Please spread the word so our Thursday night party can grow.

  44. What a cute idea! I love the idea of repurposing old shirts too. Pinning and stopping by from the One Project at a Time link party.

  45. What a fantastic project!!!! I have piles of tartan scraps and had not thought of using them to make a runner. I love this! Thanks you SO much for sharing this with all of us at the Tartan Parade today.
    So nice to see you here!
    Alison 🙂

  46. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Love it!!! Such a great thing to make for fall and winter. Thanks for sharing at the Your Home Decor and More link party. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this month! The Link is open now.

  47. What a great idea, Sarah! My neighbor lady lost her husband last summer. She had the idea to take a bed pillow and “stuff” the shirt with it. Sewed the neck opening shut and squared off the tails to fit the pillow. Gave one to each of his Grandkids and great grandkids for Christmas. What a great remembrance too. Just thought I’d share!

  48. Sarah, Love the use of flannel for a table runner and using fabric from flannel shirts – brilliant! Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It this week! Pinning and tweeting to share.

  49. It’s simply gorgeous, Sarah! I love the combo of flannels and the lace gives it such a nice finish. And it look lovely on your table, which is amazing btw!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  50. Love the table runner. Easy to make and looks great on table.

  51. Lace and plaid are such a classic combo this looks great. I have a half finished table runner that I started several years ago – time to dig it out and finish it I think!

  52. Super cute runner! I would love to take some of my father’s old shirts and create my own runner. Great idea.

  53. buonpanesmecom says:

    What a great and easy idea, make me want some hot chocolate.

  54. Here you go again! Creative, creative! I think placemats would be great, too! Perfect for Winter! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  55. Love this flannel table runner. I wish I had saved some of my husbands shirts.
    I need to make one of these.
    Thanks for all of your amazing ideas.

  56. This was $5.00 very well spent!

  57. i love the table runner made out of all those flannel pieces! So cozy and rustic, and the lace is so cute and gives it a bit of a feminin touch!

  58. I absolutely LOVE this!!!! I love the flannel plaid shirts from the 90’s. I actually bought one for the fabric and ended wearing the rest of it around the house for warmth. I am pinning this to make one next year. So easy!!

  59. reinventedkb says:

    I love this so much, the lace is a perfect touch! And my square cutting skills are not developing, they just stink. 😉 Thank you for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

  60. Such a fun and creative re-purpose project Sarah. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday last week. I’m delighted to be featuring your lovely runner at tomorrow’s party, as well as pinning.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  61. Kathy A. says:

    I wonder how wide the shirt sleeves opened up would be to make more with narrower panels.. Since I’m only qualified to sew straight lines, I have been known to make skirts for the American Girl type dolls with the cuff and button as the waistband (4 grands, 7 dolls!! Wrapping old satin balls or styrofoam balls with strips of flannel for bowl or Christmas tree ornaments with a ribbon hanger and tiny pine cones/berries/evergreen spray at the top would be country primitive….

  62. Glenda Cassie says:

    Thanks for the idea. I have 17 country plaids left from a quilt I made so i am going to make thia and back each square with the tie die I used in the square and it will be reversible.

  63. Hey Sarah! Love this runner…and flannel. You are so creative and fun.

  64. kristin salazar says:

    This runner is awesome, so crafty, I love it

  65. Such a simple, yet sweet idea! Wish I had thought of it 🤣 but glad you did! Thank you for sharing & I love you’re sweet farmhouse table! Craft on , girlie!!!!😘

  66. I love this idea! I’ve had it Pinned for a couple years now and finally have the matierials to make my own! I’m just curious what size squares you cut and used? Thanks!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I don’t actually recall, and a friend purchased it shortly after I published this post all those years ago. But, ultimately it really doesn’t matter, because your version will solely depend on how long and wide your table is. Get those measurements and divide into however many squares you can and/or want to have, making sure to add on enough length for the runner to hang down from both sides. Then you’ll have your square size. 🙂


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