Dimples and Tangles

DIY REVERSIBLE TABLE RUNNER TUTORIAL


Since most are neutral colors and or not my style, I have a hard time finding ready-made table runners.  So, I recently used some of my fabric scraps to make my own!  And, I used a different fabric on each side so I can have two totally different looks with only one piece.  Here's my tutorial if you want to try making your own DIY reversible table runner.



There's a video of the process at the end of the post, but first I'll share the written instructions.  And, I was so focused on sewing and videoing that I neglected to take many still photos of the process.  There's a few but the whole process is shown in the video.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)



Here are the basic steps:

1.  Cut two rectangular strips, paying attention to what direction your pattern is running if applicable.  I just used the width of my fabric for the runner length then decided how wide I wanted the runner to be, so my cut rectangles are 18"x56".

2.  Place right sides together and pin sides.  Leave about 12" from each end unpinned, as well as the ends themselves.

3.  Pin your trim to the right side of one of the ends, then stitch in place.  The edge of the trim should line up with the edge of the fabric (the tassels or poms will lay inside towards the rest of the runner).  This pom pom and tassel trim is actually two separate trims, I just used both of them together.  If you're doing a double layer of trim like I did, pin the second piece of trim in place over the top of the first, alternating poms and tassels.  Stitch in place.  Repeat on the other end.



4.  Close the ends of the runner that are still open and pin in place, matching up sides and edges. Stitch closed all the way around (I used about a 1/2" seam) EXCEPT... along one side about a foot from the end leave about a 4-5" opening.  This is where I will start stitching the runner closed, sew closed all the way around, and stop about 4-5" from where you started when you get to the end.  Leaving this opening will allow you to turn the runner inside out.  Be sure to back stitch back and forth a few times at your starting and ending point so seam will be strong and won't unravel when you turn the runner inside out.  Also note, when you're sewing the ends closed make sure your seam allowance is big enough that you're not leaving any of the woven part of the trim outside of your seam (you don't want that seen when you turn it inside out, only the tassels and poms).



5.  Optional- trim seams with pinking shears to deter fabric unraveling.  Press all seams open as best you can.  Pressed seams are crucial to a nice looking finished product!



6.  Carefully pull the fabric through and turn the runner inside out.  Using the flat end of a wooden skewer, reach inside the runner and poke the 4 corners out so they are nice and sharp.



7.  Smooth the runner out and press all edges, making sure they are lined up evenly.  Turn the raw edges under where your opening is and press them.  Gently pull tassel trim edge as you press if needed to get the seam turned out all of the way.



8.  Stitch opening closed.  Make a small stitching line very close to the edge of the runner and it won't be very noticeable unless someone is really looking hard for it!  ;)  The stitched section is right along the top edge in this photo, very hard to see!  



9.  Press a little more if needed and you're done!








There are so many options for your fabric choices on each side... two coordinating fabrics, two different seasonal fabrics, and "everyday" and a "fancy" side, a floral and a stripe... the possible combos are endless!


Sources:
Green Lattice Fabric  ||  Black and White Striped Fabric  ||  Pom Pom Trim  ||  Tassel Trim


Here's a quick video of the entire process:







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Happy sewing, I'd love to see it if you make your own!  Email a pic to me at dimplesandtangles@att.net or tag me on Instagram.  And if you enjoyed this project or want to save it for future reference, I sure would appreciate a Pin!  Thank you!  





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A FEW THINGS... EVENT DECOR, FAMILY, TIPS, AND A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH BHG!


Occasionally I have a some things to tell you that don't warrant their own blog post, so "A Few Things" is my opportunity to share all of those random bits and pieces with you.  Today I have a little bit of everything to talk about, including some exciting news! (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I know that many of you who follow along here like to get simple new ideas for banquet or party decor, possibly even for church gatherings.  Last weekend I attended our retreat for ministry wives across our state, and snapped a few photos of the tables to share with you.  Each table either had a wood charger or a piece of burlap fabric as the foundation for the centerpiece.  Then, there was a lantern filled with battery operated twinkle lights or candles, a few hydrangea stems in a mason jar (we cleaned out Trader Joes!), and a piece of artwork scattered around on some of the tables.  Simple but pretty! 



At these retreats we usually have some sort of craft for the early arrivers to work on as they visit and fellowship before the actual event begins.  This year's craft was a canvas with our theme lettered on it. It's hard to see but the little dots are punctures in the canvas where a small twinkle light was inserted through the back.  They're so cute with the twinkle lights flipped on!


The canvases and supplies were all laid out at each place as the guests arrived so they could begin working at their own pace.  I haven't seen black canvases before, have you? (from Hobby Lobby or here) Love how they easily made our project look like chalkboard art.  We had a stencil (cut from a Cricut) at each table for ladies to use if they weren't comfortable free-handing the design.  Each spot also had a white paint pen and set of battery operated tiny fairy lights.  Once the lettering was done, we used a nail to poke holes then stuck the bulbs through from the back, securing the wire on the back with duct tape. 


With just a change in wording this would be such a fun craft for Christmas, birthday parties, girls' night, or personalized room decor.

We served Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert, so several of us brought our cake stands to display those on.  I had just observed this tip from a sweet friend the day before when we brought snacks for Bible Study... she loaded up a rolling suitcase to transport all of her serving pieces!  Such a smart idea.  I usually use a laundry basket or big market tote, but those can get really heavy with multiple pieces inside.  I think I loaded 6-7 cake stands and platters, using towels between them to cushion and protect.  I can't tell you how easy it was to zip the top and roll it away!  My days of transporting entertaining pieces will never be the same!  ;)


We recently celebrated a milestone for our family.  Last month marked 15 years for my husband serving on staff at our church.  If you don't know, he's the Executive Pastor at our church, which basically means he leads the staff and facilitates communication among them, does some counseling, planning, crisis care, member care, and whatever else helps free the Senior Pastor up to be able to read and study more.  He grew up a pastor's kid, and generally they move around a lot, so this is definitely the longest he's ever been at a single church.  Our sweet church family recognized this milestone and we are truly blessed to be serving at one of the most solid, giving, serving, mission focused churches around! 



We are currently without a Senior Pastor, so for almost the past year he's taken on some extra responsibility as the church continues to work and serve together and function without a Pastor.  I'm so proud of him and it's been a joy and a blessing to watch him faithfully lead and shepherd not only the Staff but the church membership through this interim time.  We're praying that the Lord will bring just the right man to lead us soon!


This is also happening in our family-  Lots of "lasts" going on these days... but also exciting things for the future!


If you haven't been in Hobby Lobby recently, they have a lot of hardware marked down, most to 75% off.  These brass and pearl switch plates caught my eye because they match the knobs on my kitchen cabinets, and I scooped some of them up to use in our home.  I will have to be strategic with where I use them since we have several switch plates that need 3-4 switch openings, but I'm anxious to find a special place for them. 



I also bought several sets of these big, chunky drawer pulls, I thought they were so pretty.  I considered using them on a piece in my bedroom, but changed my mind. 


However, I do plan to use them to make a few more upcycled serving boards like this one I made a few years ago.  All I need is a good wooden cutting board and I'll be set!



Lastly, I have some exciting news to share! 


Our Christmas home is featured (again) in this year's Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine!!!  You might remember that we had a big Christmas photo shoot in the Summer of 2017 which was published in December 2017's issue.  I was contacted by BHG earlier this year and told that they would be using our Christmas Home Tour shoot in this special interest publication as well.  They re-interviewed me about my decor choices and decorating style and there are several photos included that weren't in last year's original December BHG feature.  Christmas is such a special season, I'm so thrilled (and somewhat baffled) that our home got a double feature.  Thank you BHG!


I wrote a post sharing all of the behind the scenes details from our shoot last Summer.  Christmas Ideas is available on newsstands now through Christmas, and you'll throughly enjoy the other tours inside as well from both homeowners and bloggers Cotton Stem, Haneen's Haven, Monika Hibbs, and Kindred Vintage.




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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday everyone!  We have a weekend full of rain, football, and band contests ahead... do you have any fun plans? Here's a look at my recent favorite finds...


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I just ordered one of these Personalized Ginger Jar Door Hangers and can't wait for it to arrive!  I've followed Brittany on IG for a while and am so happy to see her small business flourishing... how could it not with these darling products?  These door hangers are large, made of wood, and each one is hand painted during her spare time (when she's not teaching or caring for her little ones!).  Understandably, there is a 45-60 day production time for orders so I wanted to mention them now in case you might want to gift one of these cuties to someone for Christmas- or drop a hint that one is on your Christmas wish list!




I was in Target the other day shopping for something else, but the placemat aisle caught my eye.  Isn't that how it always works at Target?  ;)  I use my round, woven seagrass mats often, and noticed that these are very similar for a great price at $1.99 each.  They aren't stiff like mine, though, they're more flexible almost like a thick braided rug.  These would be great for the Fall!  I can't find them online but maybe they're in a store near you.


I also really loved these, they're beautiful on their own but layered under a pretty stack of plates they would be outstanding! 


Lastly, I found these clearance napkins and placemats, so cute!  (Boo, doesn't look like they're reduced online- but maybe you'll score in store.)





After my Favorite Fall Essentials post earlier this week, I had a reader ask about our recliners she spotted in one of the photos.  I thought I'd share them here since a stylish recliner is a tough thing to find!  We've had ours for almost 10 years and have been really happy with the quality.  They look and feel like a club chair, generously sized for getting comfortable in. We bought ours locally but I found them online here, offered in our same color or a vintage black leather.  They are an investment but if you're looking for a recliner-that-doesn't-look-like-a-recliner this might be the one for you!




I've been using this blotting powder for a couple of years now, and I love it!  It gives a very matte finish. I brush just a touch on my T-zone as the last step to my makeup.





Big J Crew Sale!  Use code BIGSALE for 40% off of your entire purchase, including sale!

I wore this shirt all Summer and it's marked way down (get your regular size for a loose fit, or size down if you want a closer fit).  I just bought this shirt in Dark Moss, these darling pants (regular sizes running low but good selection of tall and petite left, and this cheery cape/scarf (it has poms on the corners!).  This would be a fabulous comfy dress to transition for Fall (add a jacket, scarf, and boots as it cools off), and there is a great selection of swimwear for a steal if you want to stock up for next year.  I combed through all of the women's sale (extra 40% off on top of sale price) and these were my absolute favorite pieces-






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MY FIVE FAVORITE FALL ESSENTIALS


Welcome to My Five Favorites today! A chill is in the air, pumpkins are out in full force, and Pam from Simple Details, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our favorite Fall essentials with you today (our friend Lisa from Shine Your Light is unable to join us this month)!



We are so excited to welcome Laura from Duke Manor Farm as our guest host this month.   Laura and her family have worked for years building their dream home and property, and it's the most idyllic setting!  That big porch is just perfect for cozy mornings and leisurely evenings, and loading up with amazing seasonal decor.  In the past few years they've been working on the pool and surrounding landscaping and all of their hard work has paid off with their own little live-in retreat to enjoy!


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LANTERNS


Whether it's a pair flanking a fireplace mantel, a set on your porch, or a collection on a dining room table to enhance the centerpiece, lanterns are a great staple decor piece.  This is my exact set that I've had for years and I use them all over, inside and out.




A few lanterns are a great investment for seasonal decor, they easily transition to Christmas and are actually great to have year round.  (click left or right arrows to toggle for more choices)







POM POM BEANIE HAT

I love, love, love this hat.  It's soft and has a cute shape.  I actually have a couple (one without a pom too) and wear them almost daily through the colder weather.  When super cold temps hit I wear it around the house, even if I'm not going anywhere.  It's amazing how keeping your head warm keeps your whole body warmer!






LEOPARD MULES


I've talked about them on here before, but now that I've had my leopard mules for a few months I can't tell you how much I wear them!  They're the perfect shoes for right now when I want to have my toes covered but the temperature is still mild.  And, you know as far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral so I truly wear them with almost anything.  Mine are no longer available, but these and these are very close.

Black Raw Edge Distressed Jeans  ||  Necklace no longer available- similar turquoise necklace (it's a bargain!)  ||  Black tunic- not current


White Distressed Jeans  ||  Gingham Blouse  ||  Sweater no longer available- similar one here


 Here are some other similar options as well-




And since they're in both pictures too, these are my absolute favorite jeans!  They're affordable and come in tons of sizes, colors, and finishes.  They stretch just a bit as you wear them so it's ok if they're a little snug when you first put them on.  I like the mid-rise best for a little extra support.   ;)




CROCK-POT WITH STOVETOP INSERT


I bought this Crock-Pot with Stovetop Insert last year, and it's so handy!  To me, the whole point of cooking with a crock-pot is dumping all of the ingredients in and having dinner ready some hours later.  However, there are so many recipes that call for browning meat first that getting more pans dirty totally defeats the purpose for me.  This crock-pot has a metal, non stick insert that you can use on the stove to brown your meat, then drop it right into the base and set it to cook the rest of the day.  The only thing I've had to get used to is the insert gets much hotter than a regular stoneware crock since it's metal- don't touch it unprotected!











COZY THROWS

I use several coordinated throws around the house draped on furniture... handy as an accessory and a blanket especially as the days become cooler.


However, whenever we really want to snuggle up, soft fleece blankets are our favorites.  We particularly like the super soft, fun patterned micro-fleece throws from Vera Bradley (we have an outlet nearby).



Here are a few favorite throws from our home:







What are your favorite things for Fall? Be sure to stop by and see these wonderful ladies' Fall favorites, too!


Driven by Decor


rockstar jeans, leopard mules, cc beanie, rustic lanterns


Missed any previous My 5 Favorites posts? Catch up here!


My 5 Favorite Paint Colors
My 5 Favorite Home Decor Accessories
My 5 Favorite Pillows
My 5 Favorite Fabrics
My 5 Favorite DIY Projects
My 5 Favorite Ways to Use Mixed Metals
My 5 Favorite DIY Artwork Projects
My 5 Favorite Tabletop Accessories
My 5 Favorite Recipes for the Holidays
My 15 Favorite- Holiday Wish List
My 5 Favorite Organizing Tools
My 5 Favorite Thrifted Finds
My 5 Favorite Ikea Products
My 5 Favorite Paint Projects
My 5 Favorite Home Gadgets
My 5 Favorite Summer Accessories
My 5 Favorite Beauty and Hair Products
My 15 Favorites- Holiday Gift Guide

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