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{wild wednesday} lacy burlap table runners


It’s time for another fun edition of…

Today Aimee of Project: Aimee is sharin’ her contriubtion to the Crew’s WiLdA Vintage Valentine” collaboration!

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There’s something oh so charming about the combination of burlap and lace. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of something rustic and rough combined with the sweetness of femininity and frill. Whatever it is, it’s a personal favorite of mine. I’ve used burlap table runners in the past and thought it would be a nice addition to the Vintage Valentine’s Day collaboration, and even nicer to share with you a quick and easy way to make your own.

If you go looking on Etsy for lacy burlap runners, you may find yourself in price tag shock. $35 for a simple burlap runner? Oh no, my friend! Today, I’m going to show you how to make not one, but two completely lined, lacy burlap runners for a fraction of that cost.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Begin by determining the desired length and width you want your runners to be based on your table size. I typically add an additional 12″ to each end to allow for a sweet overhang. For our project, we needed approximately a yard and a half to complete a long dining table runner as well as a short buffet table runner.


  • 1 1/2 yards of Burlap
  • 1 1/2 yards of Broadcloth (Broadcloth serves as your lining. You can choose a fabric with a print for a fun touch or another color, if preferred)
  • 2 yards of Eyelet Lace
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

First, I like to run the iron over the material I’m working with. In this case, give both the burlap and broadcloth a quick touch up. It makes cutting, pinning and sewing a lot easier.

Next, measure out the desired length of the runner. Since you’ll be turning the runner inside out, allow an additional 3/4 of an inch to both the length and width so that the “turn in” won’t mess up your desired measurement. Measure, mark or pin, then cut. Your burlap and broadcloth should mirror each other in measurement.

Head over to the sewing machine and sew each of the long sides of the runner using a 5/8 inch seam guide being sure to backstitch at ends. Leave width side ends open.

Now, turn your fabric/burlap inside out.

You’ll want to pay your iron another visit and press down the edges. Make sure the burlap is on the burlap side and the white lining is on the white lining side.

On each of the exposed open ends you’ll fold toward the inside both the burlap and the white lining allowing them to meet—about 1/2 inch inward. Press, pin then topstitch in place making sure to backstitch on both ends.

{Disclaimer}: Who knew I had ugly little spots on my ironing board!? I’m buying a new one before I do another tutorial involving the iron!

If you don’t want any lace on your runner, you’re all done. For lace ruffles, keep reading.

Now determine where you want your lace. You can put it on the overhang ends. You can add multiple layers and create dainty little ruffles or you can add it along the front of the runner extending the full length. If you can’t decide, you can do one of each like we did!

For ruffles on runners with overhang, pin and topstitch the ruffles where you want them.

For a single ruffle extending the length of a buffet runner, pin the lace onto the backside of the burlap runner and stitch. Both sides will look alike so just choose one side to be the backside. You’ll stitch it in place on the backside, then flip it over for use.

To ensure your runner looks crisp, return to the ironing board and give the runner one more quick press.

You’re all done! Sit back and marvel at (1.) How beautiful & charming your runner is and (2.) How much money you saved by doing it yourself.

Budget Breakdown:

  • Eyelet Lace (2 yds @ $1.99) = $3.98
  • Burlap (1 1/2 yds @ 3.99) = $4.79
  • Broadcloth (1 1/2 yds @ 2.99) = $2.99

Project Total: $13.26 (Under the $16.66 budget by $3.40)

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  1. Great tutorial, Aimee! I think burlap and lace aprons are next! Everybody’s ironing board cover is looking like that, but a great excuse for a new one!

  2. Burlap – check
    Lace – check
    Aimee here to help me work my sewing maching, :( no check!
    Adorable runners and it does look easy, might try and make them with the extra burlap I have!

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