Fall Leaf Table Runner

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall at least in the mornings here… just barely but its right around the corner and these mid 80º days will be long gone soon enough! Which means it’s the perfect time to bust out a few fall inspired sewing projects before it sneaks up on us right?!?

I love using table runners in my house and I am always switching mine out to change the look of my table setting. I had this idea to sew up an organic shaped leaf runner that looked almost as if the leaves had just fallen on the table. So I set out to make it happen! I feel like it looks like it should be a lot harder then it actually was to make. I was surprised how quickly I moved thought the project considering I was problem solving and designing as I went. Once I finished, I fell in LOVE with how it turned out and the neutral white is the perfect choice for our home. It says fall without screaming it.

You do not need to use white if that look won’t match your home. You could easily decide to use a mixture of fall solids or printed fabrics, you could use scraps up, or even try a ombre palette instead and it would be equally pretty! (Ugh! Now I am wanting to make another geez…)

Ok, so heres how to make your own runner:

Materials:

FREE Catalina Home·Grown Leaf Patterns

1yd White Linen Look Alike Fabric (JoAnn Fabrics)
Brown Thread
Frixion Pen
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Glue
(I used Elmers white glue since thats what I had on hand)
Pins
Iron
Scissors

♥ First, cut out your leaf pattern pieces (You can use all 4 shapes or just 1 or 2 whatever you decide. I ended up using them all).

♥Next, trace the leaves onto your folded fabric using your Frixion pen

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♥Once you have traced the leaves cut them apart into smaller more manageable pieces to cut (each leaf has 2 pieces of fabric) This will make cutting the actual leaf shape easier

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♥Next, pin the 2 pieces of fabric together for each leaf and cut along the Frixion pen lines.

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♥Then, using the brown thread “draw” an outline of the leaf about a 1/4in. in from the edge using your sewing machine Pro Tip: Its ok if this is not perfect! I repeat it’s ok if it’s not perfect! I actually purposely tried to make mine a little “messy” after a few leaves you’ll get into a rhythm and it’s relatively simple.

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♥Next, using brown thread still, sew the veins of the leaves by just loosely mapping out what you feel looks like leaf veins. Think “Y” and “V” shapes.

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♥Once your leaves are all sewn press them with your iron to remove any leftover Frixion pen lines

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♥Then, used your fingernail to scrap at the edges of the leaves to fray them. This takes a little bit of time and yes was messy because of my fabric choice. Pro Tip: Turn on last weeks episode of Bachelor in Paradise to review all the drama as you work. The time will fly by 😉

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♥Once all of your leaves are sewn and frayed clear a flat surface and arrange them how you want them to lay on your table. Making sure to overlap them a little.

♥Next, take your fabric glue or Elmers glue and tack down the over lapping pieces. As you do this put a pin in those places so you don’t forget where you need to sew. It also gives extra stability since you will have to pick this up and move it to your machine.

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♥Once you let the glue sit for a few minutes, go ahead and carefully transfer the runner to your sewing machine to piece together.

♥In order to attach the leaves sew directly onto the brown lines you had already made anywhere there is a pin. Pro Tip: Try to tack down as much of the leaves as possible in these areas. This might mean you have to lift up the leaves to see where there are more brown lines to stitch over.

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♥Once you have sewn down all your leaves. Trim any extra threads and give it good press.

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♥Yay!!! Great work! Now go style your new runner in your home and snap a pic to share so we can see!!! Tag us @catalinahomegrown so we don’t miss it. We love a little home decor inspo too 🙂

 

Happy Sewing!

♥Amanda

 


My Favorite Shirt Pattern!!



I am so excited to share today about my VERY FAVORITE shirt! It’s the The Summer Day Top!!!

For real y’all this pattern is GOLD!! Dana of MadeEveryday did an awesome job on creating truly the most comfortable, flattering top!!

The name is even perfect because it has been my staple during this hot Albuquerque summer! I find myself always wanting to grab it when getting ready because it’s so darn comfortable and I feel amazing in it. I can easily dress it up with some jewelry and heels or can dress it down in shorts and flip flops while I rock the mom bun!

Photo Cred to my super talented SIL Nic Dudek Photo

For my Summer Day Top I used an Art Gallery rayon by one of my favorite designers Bonnie Christine. This print is from her fabric collection Gathered and I couldn’t be more in love with the quality of the fabric, the color is to die for, and the print… GORGEOUS!!! If you have never used an Art Gallery rayon then you need to make it happen for your next sewing project (Ehhh maybe a Summer Day Top?!? *wink wink*) it is like butter in your hands.

I ended up sizing down to a size 4 for my top even though I was measuring for a size 6. I feel like the pattern runs slightly larger since it is not fitted and meant to be loose and flowy. I felt the 6 looked too oversize hence the size change (totally preference though).

**I tend to make the size I measure for on the sizing chart first and then adjust with my next one if its something I know I want more of. I had already made one before well 2 before (surprise surprise) so I knew I wanted to size down.

A few tricks that I have learned sewing with rayon that I have found helpful:

♥Use a mini rotary cutter like this Fiskers one you will get smooth lines that scissors won’t give you since rayon is so slippery

♥Use extra large metal washers instead of pins for pattern weights. This way you won’t accidentally snag the fabric since it’s so delicate. I found mine at the hardware store.

♥I find serging the raw edges before hemming is helpful to get a smooth line to work off of for my hems. I love my Bernina serger!

♥I also found that if I use the rayon fabric for my bias tape (which this pattern calls for) instead of purchasing pre-made bias tape from the big box stores, the neck line and the arm holes will lay flatter and be more flowy since the pre-made stuff is pretty stiff. It’s more work sure, but the pay off is so much better!

This pattern is great for a beginner-intermediate sewist. The directions are clearly written and it has step-by-step pictures of what to do next. 


The skills you will learn (or practice) as you sew your Summer Day Top are:
♥Making Bias tape
♥Finishing a hem with bias tape
♥Making a fabric gathered ruffle

I hope you love your Summer Day Top as much as I love mine! 

Happy Sewing!

♥Amanda