It’s almost football season! Whether you’re an NFL, SEC, or other type of football fan, my DIY SEC Football Table Runner can be modified to coordinate with your team’s colors. Here in The Deep South, SEC football reigns. Some years I watch football more than others- it all depends on how the SC Gamecocks, and Denver Broncos are doing. However, I always love making football decorations and food.
- basic sewing supplies (thread, sewing machine, etc.)
- 1 yard of brown felt
- 1 yard football material (my finished project was 44″ long and 17 1/4″ wide-I had plenty left over of both the felt and football fabric)
- yarn darning needles
- yarn to match your team colors
- fabric protector spray, for all those spills on the coffee table
Since I was dealing with a larger piece of fabric, I cut my football material out on the floor. I used the “yard lines” that were already on the fabric to cut straight lines on either side. Measure the table that the runner will be covering before you cut. Don’t forget to leave an extra 5/8″ all the way around the runner. You will lose that much fabric when you sew and turn your project. Also, consider whether you want the runner to hang off the table, or not.
Pin the football fabric to the felt, then cut.
Pin the fabric together, with the right sides ( the sides you want to show) together.
Sew all around the runner using a basic straight stitch. This is stitch 7 on my Brother sewing machine. Leave a 6 to 8 inch gap, so you can turn your project right-side out.
Trim the edges, then turn the project right-side out. I usually stick my hand inside, and poke the corners out with my pointer finger.
Whip stitch the gap closed, then iron your football table runner. You want everything to lay nicely.
Take the project outside, and spray it with fabric protector. Liquid spilled on your runner will “bead up”if you seal it with fabric protector spray. You can whisk the spill away with a paper towel, as long as you don’t wait too long. Also, if you have to wash the runner, use cold water. The color in the felt might run if you use warm or hot water. Better yet, hand wash it in cold water and a teensy bit of dish soap.
Now it’s time to tack the layers together. This is the fun part. Get your yarn and yarn darners ready. Thread your needle with about 3 inches of yarn, run it through both fabric layers, then tie it in a knot and trim the ends.
Again, I used the lines on the fabric as guides for tacking. I spaced my yarn tacks according to the number of lines on the fabric. I also alternated my yarn in a garnet, black, white, garnet, black, white pattern. The purpose of tacking is to hold the fabric layers together, and keep them in place. For example, you could tack a quilt together, rather than using a hand-quilted or machine stitch. You can see how I placed my tacking threads in the center line of the darker yard lines in the picture below.
Well, we’re all done! Time to start working on those chip n’ dip recipes!
Go Gamecocks and Broncos,
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