It's springtime and I'm getting ready for the wonderful time ahead. Warmer weather and welcome changes. Looking for something a bit different I was inspired by seeing a group of colorful ribbon at a local craft store.
"Spring flowers" I thought. And in my favorite colors! I knew I had to whip something up, something simple and inexpensive. Something decorative, shouting out: It's Spring! What, you say would that be? A tablerunner, that's what. It's the ultimate expression of the season for décor and entertaining! You can make one for each: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. And you can put a tablerunner together in no time.
For me, burlap is the ultimate, cheap, go to fabric. And ribbons are so colorful, and plentiful! Combining the two makes for an awesome showing. And what a wow factor change!
Here's how I put the burlap and ribbons together:
Since one side of my burlap fabric was already fringed, a quick option would be to make the entire runner fringed all around instead of folding over seams. Once you've decided on the length and width (including fringe) based on the table or buffet you want to cover, simply pull a thread out of the burlap to get a straight line. The first time I did this I realized the width I decided on was too wide for my buffet. Since I had already started the fringe, it was easy to just cut the fringe off evenly and start a new line for the fringe shown in the picture. Pulling the threads away to form the fringe was so easy to do.
Next, I cut out three round burlap disks (1 3/4" in diameter,using the bottom of the glue container as a pattern) and ironed on heat n bond for stability to glue the ribbon to. Burlap is an open weave and the glue would easily flow to the back of the burlap and I wanted to prevent this.
I cut 3 1/2 inch strips of ribbon for the first row. I had additional ribbon in a color that I loved and used it first in the 3, 6. 9. and 12 positions, gluing (hot glue) each strip together to form loops. I tried to follow the color layout of the purchased ribbon after gluing the initial four ribbons.
For the second row, I cut the ribbon into 2 1/2 inch strips and glued them down like the others.
Once that row was complete, I cut out another burlap disk like the first and glued it to the center to cover the ribbon edges and for a neater look.
It's beginning to look like a pretty loopy flower, doesn't it?
For the flower stems I measured where I wanted the flowers placed on the runner overhang and then cut out strips of green ribbon. I put a little hot glue on the bottom end of the ribbon next to the fringe just to get started. Once in place, I glue down the entire ribbon using fabric glue and following the burlap thread for a straight placement. I used fabric glue for a smooth look which I don't think I would have gotten with hot glue on ribbon. *Remember to place a protector (I used parchment paper) under the burlap for any glue that might seep through.
I love the look of the ribbon flowers on top as well as hanging down.
And finally, repeat the same process for the other end of the runner.
I used two packs of the muti color ribbon @ $1.99 each from AC Moore. The burlap was 3.97 a yard at Jo-Ann and with a 50% off coupon . . . the entire runner was done for less than ten dollars, including all other supplies.
I do hope you like this Loopy Ribbon Flower TableRunner and are inspired to make one!
Remember, you can make this in any color palette . . .
one that you love!
Take a little time to enjoy