How to Use Tulle for Table Runners

By Jennifer Elrod

Tulle is a very light and inexpensive fabric. It's popularly used in weddings, parties and costumes. There are thousands of ways you can use tulle. Making your own table runners is one of many ways. Using tulle for a table runner is a creative way to save money for your special event. Be sure to use the spooled tulle with hemmed seams on the sides to achieve the best look for your table.

Measure the table on which you plan on using the table runner. Measure the entire length from point to point. Write down this measurement.

Decide how much length you want to hang off the edge of each end of the table. If you want the table runner to end at the edge of the tablecloth, you will need to measure to where the tablecloth ends. Place the tablecloth on the table, then measure from the edge of the table down to the end of the tablecloth. Double this measurement and add it to the measurement you took in Step 1.

Use this measurement to cut a piece of tulle from the spool. Cut two to three pieces, depending on how wide you want the table runner to be. Lay the pieces side by side where the seamed edges slightly overlap each other. Use sewing pins to hold the tulle pieces in place.

Sew the pieces of tulle together using a straight stitch seam. Straight seams are a very basic stitch. Remove the pins once the seams are in place.

Lay the tulle table runner with the underside facing up. Fold the two corners of one end together to create a point at the end of the runner. Hold the tulle in place with sewing pins. Sew a stitch to hold in place. Remove the pins.

Iron out any wrinkles in the tulle table runner. Use a very low heat and work the iron over the runner quickly.

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