I’ve been so excited about decorating for Christmas this year!
I made two different sizes of table runners with fringe for Christmas tablescapes. After finishing, I realized the fringe resembles Santa’s beard. Remember how I made fringe recently with My Own Fringemaker? That’s what I used to make this “Santa’s Beard” fringe.
Here’s how I made the runners and fringe.
STEP ONE: Cut strips and ravel edges.
The longest runner required a seam, so I cut two strips at 13 inches wide.
Carefully pull threads to ravel the edges.
STEP TWO: The sewing.
Sewing a seam in burlap is a little tricky due to the open weave. It ravels so easily, even when you don’t want it to. If an edge has raveled, move your presser foot over and stitch on the part that’s not raveled.
Press both seam allowances together to one side.
Top-stitch beside the seam and over the two seam allowance layers beneath.
To secure the side edges that you raveled, stitch a narrow zig-zag along the edge.
STEP THREE: Make and add fringe.
To decorate the ends with Santa’s beard, I gathered different types of white yarns.
Two of them have some silver shimmers in them.
Making My Own Custom Fringe, I tied off the end and started winding. The rods are in the slots that are farthest apart.
I wound to about 13 inches of width – what I thought would be enough for one end of a runner.
I angled my machine so the bars don’t bump the wall as I sew.
The more I use My Own Fringemaker, the easier it becomes to maneuver.
I used my fingers to measure the distance from the edge (two fingers from the bar) for sewing a consistently even line and for mashing the threads down as the presser foot ran across the threading.
Done! Easy and quick. Notice it’s longer than before. I was able to cover two ends of my runner with one threading of fringe. Bonus!
Don’t snip the ends. Simply slide the bar out and leave the loops.
Line up your fringe and runner. Heat your glue gun – or you can stitch the fringe to the runner. Either way works fine.
Run a bead of glue quickly along the runner or the fringe stitch line. I tried it both ways (loading the hot glue onto the runner or the fringe seam), and either way works well.
But, you want to attached the runner at the stitch line of the fringe.
Allow the glue to set before flipping the runner over. I added another tiny bead of glue into the crease between the fringe and runner…just for extra strength and coverage.
Now your runner is bearded like Santa!
Be sure to check out these runners used in Santa’s Roll Call Tablescape.
Check out Debi Weinert’s My Own Fringemaker web site. Remember those crafty ones on your Christmas gift list, too. Debi offers you a special price for a limited time: $65 for your own fringe-maker with free shipping to 50 states. When ordering, enter code “Curtain Queen” in the promo box to get the $65 price.
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