Use up leftover precut 21/2" strips in this little runner reminiscent of a braided rug.
Skill Level: Beginner Runner Size: 171/2" x 14"
• (14) 21/2" by fabric width strips
• Neutral- color all-purpose thread
• 25–30 feet 5mm macramé cord
• Spring clothespin
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Cut each 21/2"-wide strip in half across width to make two pieces. Cut each piece in half along length to make two 11/4"-wide strips.
Completing the Runner
1. Wrap a fabric strip tightly around the cord as shown in Figure 1; continue until about 9" of cord is covered and clip with the clothespin to hold the fabric and cord together. Note: Precut strips will have a straight edge and a serrated edge when cut. Be consistent and keep only the straight side exposed.
2. Fold the fabric end down, and fold 4" of cord against itself as shown in Figure 2.
3. Using a zigzag-stitch width that will catch both sides, begin sewing at the turned end of the wrapped cord as shown in Figure 3. Stop with the needle down and continue to wrap fabric around cord for several inches, using clothespin to hold.
4. Hold the wrapped coil around the first sewn coils and zigzag between coils. Continue this process, adding new fabrics as needed. Note: Each new strip is just overlapped and wrapped in the same process.
5. When the strips are used up, or the runner is the size you want, cut the cord diagonally and continue to wrap the fabric around itself for 1"–2".
6. Hold wrapped end and zigzag as before; backstitch to secure end threads.
7. Trim all loose and frayed threads when runner is complete. l
Here’s a Tip Make your own strips by cutting scraps of coordinating fabrics into 1 " strips. For this project, the length of the strips can vary, making it a great way to use up scraps.