Ah Valentine's Day...one of those fun, craft inspiring holidays. I'm not sure why, but every time it rolls around I want to make something with hearts. It's probably because there are hearts around every corner.
The idea for this runner came about while I was sidelined with pneumonia. Laying around all day for a week tends to make me think of all sorts of creative things. Luckily I had my notebook by my side so I could jot down any projects that came to mind.
This turned out to be one of my favorites, and it worked well for me since I didn't have the energy to walk up and down the stairs to my sewing room. I just sat around cutting out felt shapes and glueing them together while I recuperated.
The result was this charming no-sew felt table runner. It only took about 2 hours to make, not including drying time, and it looks like something out of a magazine. I especially love the open pattern which makes it looks like that hearts were just scattered on top of the table.
This project is the perfect Valentine's Day decoration for the table. It looks really good set on a solid color tablecloth or on wood like in the picture.
So without any further ado, let's get started...
Supplies you'll need:
Felt (various colors) - 10 - 20 sheets depending on the size of your hearts and runner
Fabric glue (clear drying and water resistant)
Heart shaped template (like a cookie cutter)
Cotton swabs or toothpicks to apply the glue
Felt tip pen
|Felt comes in so many wonderful colors. Here's the collection I used for this project.|
Assemble the felt you want to use. I used shades of pink, some red and some white. I think it would also look pretty in red and white, different pinks, or even one solid color.
Cut out the hearts:
|Trace around the template|
|Lovely felt hearts ready for assembly|
Using a felt marker and your heart shaped template, start tracing and cutting. I used two different sizes of hearts for a couple of reasons; 1) The different sizes add a little interest to the runner and 2) The smaller ones are a stabilizer for the larger hearts. They act like a joint between them and make the runner more secure. Cut plenty of hearts.
Assemble the runner:
|Layout the hearts on wax paper|
Cut a piece of wax paper to the desired size of the runner you want. I use wax paper as a size guide because it's easier to peel off the felt runner if some glue spills on it. It also protects your working surface. If you want a thicker runner, just tape two pieces of wax paper together. Start laying out the hearts, adjusting to your liking. Add the smaller ones as desired.
Glue the table runner together:
|Get supplies ready to glue|
|Glue every overlapping edge. Don't worry, the glue will dry clear so you won't see it.|
Once you have the layout that you like it's time to start glueing. Pour some clear drying fabric glue into a paper cup and, with a cotton swab or toothpick, start applying glue anywhere that the hearts overlap. Be generous with the glue. Tip: Use a water resistant, clear drying fabric glue. This runner cannot be washed, but it may need spot cleaning which is why you want the glue to be water resistant.
Set the runner aside to dry for a couple of hours. Set a couple of baking trays on top of it to press it down so it dries flat. I add some magazines in each tray to weigh them down.
That's it! You are done. Just put it on your table and wow your Valentine. I may be biased, but I think that the only way this runner could look any better is with a big box of chocolates right in the middle!
If you like making table runners and like to sew, check out one of my favorites. It's a quick and easy piece that is a showstopper on any table.
You can find the tutorial HERE.