How to Make a Table Runner with Pointed Ends {Tipsy Tuesday #16}

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, joyous Christmas. In typical better-late-than-never fashion, I’m starting the new year using Christmas pictures to show you an easy little trick for making a table runner with perfectly centered pointed ends.


Christmas table


Determine your fabric cuts:

Figure the desired width, double that measurement, and add 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Add 1/2 inch to desired length for seam allowances.

Cut the fabric to these dimensions.


Fold lengthwise with right sides facing and stitch, leaving both ends open. Turn right side out and press so the seam is centered on the back side.

Another option is to cut the fabric to the desired width (plus 1 inch for seam allowance) and simply hem the sides. The canvas fabric I used is very heavyweight, so that would have actually been a better option for this runner.


How to Make a Table runner |


The trick:

To finish the ends with a pointed hem, fold your table runner in half lengthwise, with the top side inside. Stitch straight across each end. I know, weird, but trust me.


Table runner- making pointed hems |


Unfold the sides and this is what you see:


Pointed hem table runner |


Flip the ends inside out and voila! Pointed ends! Press the slanted edges and you’re done.


Table runner with pointed ends |


I made my runner extra wide so I could layer it with another runner.


Table runner finished |


Add trim, tassels, or other embellishment as desired. I may add a stencil to this one, but haven’t decided for sure. When layered, it is fine as is.


Christmas table with runner |


Have you ever used this trick to make a table runner with pointed ends? What projects are you planning for the new year?

I’m looking forward to another year with you- you all have been such a blessing, and I hope that I can return that to you in some way throughout the year.




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  1. So pretty, Sheila! Thanks for the sharing such a great tip! Your runners look great together! I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many blessings!
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  2. It is gorgeous!! Incredible job!

  3. Really pretty Sheila, going to pin this for when I get to the dining room :)
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  4. What a great tutorial! And thanks for linking up at The Better Half :)

  5. Many thanks for your SUPER EASY directions on making the table runner with pointed ends. I had enough fabric left after recovering my dining room chairs to make 2 table runners. Couldn’t figure the pointy ends, so I googled a few sites. Couldn’t see wasting fabric by cutting off the ends to make the point, so I continued to search. Came across your site and hit a home run. Thanks again

  6. Shirley Winterbottom says:

    I have been wasting time trying to figure out the easiest way to make pointed ends. DUDDD When I saw your tutorial did I feel dumb. Thanks so much.


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