What I’ve learned from handsewing a table runner

Handsewn Quilted Table Runner

It seemed that everything came together serendipitously to create this table runner.

I bought the Ikea fabric on impulse. I did not see the full design of it or know how much fabric I actually bought until I got home and unfolded the little fabric remnant packet. I spread the fabric out on the dining table, admiring my new purchase. “This will look great as a table runner!” I thought.

A few days later, I received a 50% discount voucher from Spotlight. What perfect timing! So off to Spotlight to get some batting and I was in over my head! I’ve never quilted before and didn’t know which one to get. But then I saw Insul-Bright and it’s insulated lining. Perfect! I bought 2 metres of it and basically got a metre free with my voucher.

I dug around in my stash and found fabric to use for the back and another one for the bias. I was thankful to have received a big bag of fabric from a friend a couple of months back. I told you, it was all meant to be.

But I didn’t do anything for months. I was too busy with other projects.

Last week, however, something clicked and I had the biggest urge to sew. So my table runner project came out of the cupboard and it slowly took shape. I got lost in stitches for days. I could have been done in an hour or two if I machine sewed the runner but I really didn’t want to rush the project. It was all about the process, the journey. Not the end product.

DIY Bias Tape

I even made my own bias tape which I’m extremely proud of. I’ve learned how to do this and the quilted table runner from this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It’s an awesome step-by-step for an absolute newbie to quilting.

I think the biggest influence for this runner and why I wanted to hand sew is Mairuru’s blog. After seeing all the beautiful things that she sews carefully by hand, I wanted to experience it for myself. I’ve found it therapeutic and relaxing; A form of meditation by simply being absorbed in the moment. There really is no need to rush it. I didn’t urgently need a table runner right this instant.

It’s funny how this one project made me more self-aware. I’m a person who normally enjoys reaching the goal more than getting there. I think this makes life rather unenjoyable at times. I cannot possibly reach goals or finish projects every single day but I am always working on something. I’m always in process of getting an end product.

And you know what, I’m going to start learning to enjoy the journey more. Just because it’s made me so much more happier this week. :)

How’s your week been?

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6 Responses to “What I’ve learned from handsewing a table runner”

  1. Tere says:

    That is a lovely runner, thank you for sharing. You’ve inspried me to get back on my sewing this week.
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..….. Anti Oxidants! =-.

  2. Malissa says:

    Wonderful and inspiring :-) I like what you wrote about enjoying the journey. I wish I could do that now, but I have an exam at the end of June! I am studying Couture (in the dutch language) and it is kicking my buns! I just look at what you have completed and think, ” I would love to be doing that right now instead of this” (because it looks so relaxing!!) I am learning how to make patterns at the moment, so it asks for ALOT of thinking and problem solving..I know it will be worth it in the end… just need to cram my head with so much information wondering if I have the time to fit everything in :0 before the exam… So my week is going alright trying to find the balance and not get too lost in worrying about my exam.
    Is there a way to do this relaxing?? To enjoy the journey with a tough exam? Well I am going to try.

    • Salihan says:

      Thank you for your comment Malissa! What an exciting course you’re doing!

      It is a lot harder to enjoy the process when you have an exam at the end of it! I think it’s unrealistic to enjoy all parts of the process. Naturally, they will be some bits you like more than others. Hopefully, the process involves lots more parts that you actually like doing. And if you reward yourself at the end of the day with some leisurely sewing, even better!

      Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  3. Julie says:

    It turned out So well!! looks fantastic.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Modification Mondays: Purl Bee Treeline Striped Cardigan =-.

  4. Tiffany says:

    That is adorable! How do you handsew something like that? I don’t have a sewing machine and I would love to learn how to do that, I would like to make something for my little guy! You have a cute Blog! :-)

    • Salihan says:

      Hi Tiffany! Thanks for your comment. Do you know how to hand sew? I’ve only used the most basic stitches – running stitch and whip stitch – to sew the quilt. The Ikea fabric looks like I’ve quilted large squares and rectangles together but I didn’t. I made a sandwich of the backing fabric, batting/lining and the top fabric. Then I just sewed it together. The tutorial I’ve linked to explains it very clearly.

      Check out Mairuru’s blog that I linked to as well. She sews the cutest things by hand! She is expecting her first child and has been sewing cute garments and things for her baby. :)

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