Simple Fall Remnant Runner with Piping Edge

I found two pieces of fabric in the “orange” section of the stash, jacquard woven fabric in autumn colors.

Fall Fabric remnants

They had some pulled-out staples here and there, and I was mildly curious–Fall Festival? Raw edges on jacquard fabric make me nervous–
it’s like they are unraveling more every second. No! Don’t look, they’re doing it again!

If sewn together, the piece wouldn’t be big enough for a tablecloth, and if made into place mats, there would only be about three. So, maybe the remnants would make a table runner; or a covering for a small table?

I did sew them together, and added a piping edge. I was about to mail a package that included a lot of little items that would rattle around in the box, if it were not for a fall blankety thing to muffle them and keep them in place.

Sewing the piping edge.

I have a piping foot for my sewing machine, and it is wonderful to use. It has a little groove on the left side, underneath, and piping fits right into that groove and stays in place. I can set the needle to sew right on the seam of the piping. I do want to have a nice, continuous piping so if I run out and have to attach a new package of piping, I want to hide the raw edge like this:

1. Sew the piping to the right side of the fabric, lining up raw edges.

2. Joining piping: pull apart the edges, exposing the cording

3. Cut the cording to match up with the piece it will be sewn onto

4. Fold the cut edge under, then match it up to the piping that has been sewn down on the fabric, and continue sewing the seam

5. Sewing the continuous seam on piping that has been lengthened by the above steps

Now I have the right side of the runner facing up, with the piped edging sewn on top of the edges. I’m going to place the other half of the fabric, right side down, onto the piped piece, matching the edges. I sew the top piece to the bottom piece, using the piping foot’s groove to keep the stitching just to the right of the groove (although I can’t see the piping now, it’s underneath the top fabric). I start sewing in the mid-point of one of the sides and end about a fist’s distance from the origin point, so I have room to turn it inside out.

Turn and press all along the edges. Turned right-side out, the piping on the runner should be showing along the edges, sandwiched between the two seams. I like to hand-stitch the opening together so I can gently match the ravel-prone edges and secure them to the more stable piping fabric invisibly. Next, I’m going to topstitch along the edges, about 1/2″ from the piped edge. For this I use a clear edge-stitching foot. It has a metal blade along the edge of the foot that butts up to the stitched, piped edge and keeps the line of stitching the same distance from it.

Top-stitching the piped edge

Table runner with piped edging

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