One for you, one for me! Friendship Braid Table Runner :) | Free Pattern + Moda Giveaway!Jun 11, 2021
Hi everyone Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics, today I'm going to show you how to make a new
runnerand it's called
braid. Matt cut out some jelly rolls using these beautiful fabrics from Kansas Problems and this is enough for us to make two.
runners, since it's called
braid, we're going to make one for a friend, we'll keep one for ourselves, so let's go to the workshop and get started. This is the perfect project to sew with one of your friends. I have a lot of projects that I finished and I plan to give them away and I think why I would like to have one too, so this is perfect, we are going to do two at a time, we have 12 medium to light Kansas problem prints here and then I have four dark ones.
I selected four of the navy blue ones from the jelly roll. The jelly roll has many more
patterns, but we only need 12 medium light and four dark. The only other fabric we need is a border fabric. and a binding fabric so we're going to need three two and a half inch strips and I also cut my binding to two and a half inches so we're going to need three two and a half inch strips so it's a very easy fabric to cut when we're done we'll choose a backing, but for now let's start with the mosaic.
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I chose one medium strip and one light strip and my four dark decorative strips and we're going to take these. and we're going to cut them all into two and a half inch squares, then we'll take the rest of the clear prints and cut them into ten inch pieces, that's all the cutting we have to do. All the patches were cut here and we only had a little bit of the piece left. Now we're going to cut the binding and the edge, so we're going to iron them and then we can cut them very precisely. We're going to do a nine patch for the middle of the corridor, so let me lay it out here, let's see how we're going to do this.
I'm going to use three different blues. I'm putting it in stitches right now because that's what it's going to look like in the hallway. so I think we're going to put them in the far corners and these like this, yeah, that's what I'm going to do, so I'm going to go ahead and sew that for the middle of the hallway. I don't do two of them. one for each runner, so I'm going to sew them together and I like to keep the pieces with the strings between them, so those will be the first two pieces. I'm going to take these two pieces and I'm going to leave them on the machine and this way I have less chance of my pieces getting messed up or mixed up, so we're going to leave them attached here where they came from and we're going to open them all up and then we're going to sew the third piece right here so this will sit here and we'll just sew the three together the easiest way to make this lay flat to sew the rows together is to finger press the bottom row to the right, then finger press the next row to the left and the top row to the right so they're alternating directions and then when you go to sew these rows together number one, they're joined together so they don't mix together, but the seam allowances will be nested and you'll be able to feel with your fingers if you have them. just in the right place makes it very easy to match now we will just sew this last row and patch 9 will be done they are all sewn together now I want to iron them very flat so I usually do it first without steam make sure everything It's out and framed once it looks good, then give it plenty of time.
I'm ready to start sewing these strips onto the center 9 patch, so we're going to take one of our 10. inch pieces and we're going to line up the edges and we're going to sew that on, then we're going to take another strip. I'm going to use a different strip and it will go on the other side, but first. We sew it on that side, we're going to sew one of these and then we'll keep repeating the same thing until we have a full row like that and then we'll start on the other side, so let's go. I'll show you how to do this.
These two just start with the slip and use a quarter inch seam and just sew up to this edge. You can sew all the way so you are beyond the mosaic and then just curve. I'm going to Press my finger to open here. Now I'm going to sew one of these squares onto this strip and then we'll add it to the pack of nine. Now I'm going to want to put this seam allowance that way because this seam allowance is that way. I want them to be opposite, so we're going to put this seam allowance towards the strip and we're going to line up these top edges, line up this intersection and then sew, so it'll be easier if I turn everything over. finished because then I can start from the beginning here now we're going to press this to open now we're going to add another strip.
I'm choosing these at random because all my strips are about the same value and then I'll choose a different print here and we'll have that type there so we'll keep adding until we have five rows at the top which is the last strip so I'm pressing with your fingers all of these with the seams disappearing. from the middle so look how nice it looks we're going to trim off all this excess so that's the first half now we're ready to start building this way so I'm going to do my balance so whatever I started here I will do that.
I'm going to put that piece here, so I'm going to line up these edges here and sew that way. Now when we sew this strip, we have some excess fabric here and that's okay, just keep this lined up and just sew all the way to the end, I'm going to sew right now, we don't need any of this excess here. I don't want a lot of extra bulk, so I'm going to trim this even with that seam allowance right now. We're going to add this color stripe right here, but before we do that we're going to put the blue part in there, so let's find this guy.
You don't have to keep them in order like that. You can make them randomly. I think it looks nice and balanced like this, so I'm going to sew this here and then we'll sew this strip on that edge again. We will press all these seam allowances towards the strip with our fingers. Now this will fit right here, so let's go. I'm going to put this here and I've been sewing it from the back. It's going to be a little tricky to flip the first one because I don't know where the end is, so I think I'm just going to do this.
On this side I'm going to flatten it and pass it down. You can use pins if you want and I'm going to start sewing right here. That is the only strip that is a little difficult to sew, so trim this excess. Press with your finger to open it now for the rest of the strips. It's the same method we used in the first half. We'll do a simple strip and then we'll do a strip with a navy blue with a navy block sewn right there. all the pieces are sewn here it looks great now we're going to iron it nice and flat then we're going to trim all these edges to iron this is already pretty flat because I was pressing with my fingers as I was going.
I like it. to smooth it out, make sure it looks like my seam allowances are going in the right direction. You know, sometimes you have to pick them up and place them the way they're supposed to go, but you can pretty much feel if they're going in the right direction. direction and smooth a lot along the grain to make it flatter without stretching then start ironing so start in the middle and I like not to use steam at first iron with the grain and once you get it pretty flat, then you can start steaming now we're going to trim these edges it's very easy if you measure from this middle line here I'm going to cut it 12 inches wide my ruler is 6 inches so I'm just going to line up to this edge right along the edge of all those center blocks there, so place it along all those intersections and then we'll just hold it and trim all of this now I'm going to have to move because my ruler is I'm not going to go all the way, line it up right. new, very simple.
Now I'm going to turn it over and do the same on the other side. Now we are ready to add borders. Now is a good time to look and see if I really like the border
patternyou chose. I'm going to use the red for the edges, so I like to just take it and put it there and see if I still like it because I also have this green and it's exactly the same. quantity the same amount of strips so sometimes I change my mind hmmm I still like the red border but you could change it now my runner is going to be pointed so I'm just going to put the border on the sides then I'll put it like this and the border It will be pointed if you prefer to make it square, all you have to do is cut a square along the diagonal each time you make something you want to fill. with a corner here, you can estimate it and cut it a little too big so you can see.
I have this cut a little bigger than I need, so if I were to put these corners in to square it even though it's too big. okay, just sew it like this with a quarter inch seam and just slide it so that point is off 1/4 inch, sew it open and then just trim off the excess. This is a really easy runner to make. Now just keep adding more braids on both ends or maybe you want to just add braids on one end and have this center a little bit up if you want to turn this into a quilt just make several rows put a little border in the middle and again . you could offset these guys so you might want one on top and one on bottom, it's really a fun pattern to play with and you don't have to use whole strips.
These can be made with just scraps because remember they were only 10 inches wide. 2 and a half inches and then lots of very easy to manipulate two and a half inch squares in lots of different sizes to put the border on. I just need this a little bit further from here and I'm just going to sew. using a quarter inch seam and I'm going to be very careful not to stretch this because it's on the bias, the whole edge is on the bias, but if you leave it on the bottom and put it right on top it tends not to stretch , so place it there carefully and don't stretch the bottom.
Now when you get to the bottom edge, you can sew it and you can use scissors right now to cut this bottom edge to make it fit. It's going to eventually get cut with the blade here, so all I want to do is cut off the excess down here so this opens up with my finger and then we do the same thing on the other side. I steam press these edges nice and flat and now I'm just going to line up my ruler along this here and cut off that excess edge there. Now we're going to put a border here, so we're just going to line up the top and sew the other end now.
We're going to press this with our fingers away from the center and then we're going to sew this last one here and I don't want that because it has the selvedge, turn it over, so we're going to want to start sewing here. and we're going down, so I'm going to line it up, but then I'm going to turn it all over and from this side, now I just have to sew the edges all the way to the other end, iron it and trim it and it's done. ready to be quilted, this was a really fun project.
I am very happy with the result. I went ahead and made the red edges with the green binding and it turned out about 15 inches wide and 42 inches long and you can see how. well, it coordinates with all our other Kansas issues in Civil War style prints. I just used a fairly smooth backing and this was not done on the long arm. This was quilted on my straight machine it's quilted in the ditch or near the ditch and it was so much fun let me show you so this one is for the friend so this one I changed.
I made the edges green with the red trim. We can't really decide which one we like more. We like them a lot, so I know. Who this one goes to goes to my best friend who happens to be my mother in law so grab your fabrics make some runners gift one to a friend thanks for watching our tutorial today on friendship braid runners let's have another.
giveawaythis is really fun this is a clipboard set this is from Mota so it looks like we're giving away ten of these I can only get these often so if you like to draw when you cook you know I'm a big drawer we have graph paper here and a measuring stick there, some binder clips and some really nice pencils, so I do all this with Mota.
I'm not easily distracted. Hey, look at the fabric. This is so much fun, we are giving away ten sets of these so there will be a link below to find out how to enter. It's very easy, just enter your name and email address, we'll send them worldwide and you'll have ten chances to win. good luck we are also giving away some of these on Instagram if you didn't know we are on Instagram we are so you have five more chances to win there we will have instructions on how to enter so you can enter both happy quilting contests
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