Thanksgiving has come and gone. I hope you had a good one. Now we can talk Christmas!
I don’t typically sew for holidays except Halloween, but I thought it would be fun to do some holiday sewing this year. I had grand visions of making an appliqued snowman table runner so of course I Googled it and couldn’t find a pattern for one I liked. So I came up with my own pattern.
I’m really happy with how this appliqued snowman table runner came out. I’ve done applique projects before, but it’s not something I do very often. But now I’m itching to do more!
It was fun coming up with a design and drawing the pattern pieces. I was so excited when I saw it come together! I was even more excited to see it in fabric!
So here’s what you’re going to need to get started.
1/2 yard base fabric
1/2 yard backing fabric
1/2 yard binding fabric
scraps for the snowman pieces (snowman body, hat, scarf, eyes, nose)
After you get your pattern pieces cut out you’ll want to trace them onto the paper backing side of your fusible interfacing.
Cut out your interfacing pieces outside the lines.
Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of your fabric. Set aside and work on the rest of the pieces. You want the piece to cool before you cut them.
You’ll want to cut your main panel of fabric to 12″ x 34.5″
Once you’ve got your pieces cut out you can peel the paper backing off and start assembling our snowman.
Find the center of your panel and the center of the snowman body and line them up. In the picture above I’m showing your how I marked the centers of the two, but you want to line up the the pieces along the bottom.
Next you’re going to iron on the head, but you’ll need to use the scarf piece to make sure you’ve got it where you want it.
You want to make sure the edges of the snowman line up with the edge of the scarf.
Once you’ve got it where you want it remove the scarf and iron the head in place.
If you are going to zig zag stitch around the outside of your design you’ll need to use a stabilizer behind it.
Stitch around your pieces. Do not backstitch at the starting point or the end.
Leave a length of thread at your start and end points then gently tug on the strings in the back to pull the top threads to the back and tie off.
This will give you a clean front.
Repeat that process for the scarf, hat, eyes and nose.
After you iron on the hat, iron on the contrasting band. Stitch across the top and bottom of the band before stitching around the hat.
Repeat for the second snowman.
When you’re finished appliqueing the snowman trim down the stabilizer being careful not to clip your stitches or fabric.
It’s time to make your binding. Cut a few strips of your binding fabric to 2.25″ and stitch them end to end until you have enough to go around your table runner. Fold it in half, wrong sides together and press.
Cut your backing fabric and batting a few inches bigger than your front panel in both directions. Layer your pieces with the backing fabric right side down, batting, front panel right side up.
Pin your layers together. I like to use safety pins so you don’t to worry about shifting.
Lining up the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the front panel stitch your binding in place using your preferred binding method.
Once you’re finished stitching the binding, trim the batting and back panel down to a quarter inch.
Press open your binding.
Wrap your binding around to the back and secure. I like to use clips.
Stitch your binding. If you have a stitch in the ditch foot now is a good time to use it!
And that’s it! You’ve got yourself a cute, appliqued snowman table runner. Perfect not just for Christmas, but all winter long!
Here are the pattern pieces for your personal use.
Are you doing any holiday sewing?