Coiled-strip Run­ner

Use up left­over pre­cut 21/2" strips in this lit­tle run­ner rem­i­nis­cent of a braided rug.

Annie's Quilt Spring 2019 - - Contents - De­sign by Con­nie Kauff­man


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.

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