table runner trim

donnas_gwFebruary 7, 2012

My son is getting married in a few weeks. I as given these table runners (already cut out) to add red trim around the edges. There are 14 of them. I am having no luck with going around the corners at the ends. It will not lay flat, plus, each runner is about 6 yards all the way round. It would take alot of red fabric/strips and there is no way I could do all 14 of them in time for the wedding even if I could get the corners to lay flat.

Any other suggestions to adding red (quick and easy)? I suggested to my future daughter in law artificial red rose petals to scatter over each runner. I'm not a wedding planner so I don't know if that would be ok or not, plus, it's not my wedding...lol. I haven't heard from my future daughter in law as to what she thinks of the rose petals. Here is a picture of the runner:

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jomuir

is the trim fabric strips applied as banding or actual trim, like fringe?

Fringe will be bulky esp. at the points. Mitering it and trimming the bulk would help reduce the bulk but sewing it would be a chore, esp. 14 of them. If it's banding, that wouldn't be nearly as bulky but again application is time consuming esp for 14 of them.

The runners look nice, she must want to match her color scheme. Maybe she'd consider a banded one for the head table and rosettes on the rest? Or tassels on the points?

Brides can be picky, it is their day after all & they like to be the star & have it all their way, for that day only (hopefully)...

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 11:50AM
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susie53_gw

I would say the rose pedals and a red tassel on the end would be really pretty..

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 7:07PM
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kathi_mdgd

Or if you can find wooly nylon thread in the right shade of red,and you have a serger you could serge around all the edges,it would be quick and easy.
Kathi

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 9:35PM
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nanny2a

I frequently use grosgrain ribbon on place mats and runners and have no trouble folding them to go around the corners easily. You might try this. You can get the ribbon at any fabric store or a store like Michaels.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 3:42PM
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pris

I think part of the problem is that your table runners are already hemmed. Adding anything substantial to the edge makes it too bulky. You might consider something like rick rack sewn along the edge to minimize the bulk.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 5:23PM
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donnas_gw

Thanks everyone. The wedding has already come and gone. The table runner in the picture above was given to me with the edges already turned under. Pris, I thought the same thing, so I tried doing one without turning the edges under, and just cut the points on each end. Once I told my daughter-in-law that it was going to take alot of red fabric/trim to go around 14 runners, she decided against using any kind of red trim at all. I went ahead and finished all the others just like the one in this picture. She just put some red docorations on each one.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 7:43PM
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