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Lace-Inset Table Runner

Sew a beautiful lace-inset table runner with a romantic, classic appeal by following these step-by-step instructions.




  • Linen fabric, enough yardage for the length of the desired table runner plus 4 inches.
  • Spray starch
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter, grid ruler, and self-healing mat
  • Mitered corner diagram
  • 1-inch or wider lace
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Pfaff Creative 2.0 Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Wing needle
  • Applique scissors (optional)
  • Embroidery


  1. Step 1

    Prepare fabric by spraying with spray starch and ironing. Determine the measurements of your runner, and add 2 inches to the width and 4 inches to the length for the hem. Cut fabric to these dimensions.

  2. Step 2

    On the short ends, cut fabric into a 45-degree-angle chevron or "V" shape. Press a 2-inch hem and sew a mitered corner on the chevrons.

  3. Step 3

    Press a 2-inch hem into the two long sides.

  4. Step 4

    With a water-soluble fabric marker, mark a guide line on the front of the runner, 2 inches from the edge of each chevron, and pin lace to front of fabric along these lines.

  5. Step 5

    Attach lace on both sides with a hemstitch, using a wing needle in your sewing machine. This stitch captures the hem on the backside for a clean finish, and the wing needle creates a hole that blends well with the lace.

  6. Step 6

    If you wish, trim the fabric behind the lace with applique scissors to create a lace "window" that shows the tablecloth underneath.

  7. Step 7

    Measure to the center of the chevron and mark with a water-soluble fabric marker; use this as your guide to place embroidered initials with the embroidery arm.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009



Reviews (6)

  • JShoe64 7 Apr, 2012

    I'm SO frustrated. I realize this is an older video, but I have been trying for almost 2 hours to watch the intermediate & advanced sewing videos. I cannot get either of the to play correctly. If anyone has any suggestions on how I might be able to download or view them, I would really appreciate it! Thank you

  • maryjangel 3 Nov, 2009

    how do you finish the long edges, hem stitch, blind hem what?

  • ShirleyN 9 May, 2009

    This is a great table runner. I love all three of my Pfaff machines - 7570, 2140 and Creative Vision. Martha needs to know the prounciation of Pfaff. FOFF as in TOP, not FAFF as in TAP.

  • Hosanna 7 May, 2009

    The sewing machine is a Pfaff Creative 2.0. It is a great machine.

  • ReikiLady2 4 May, 2009

    Which model Pfaff sewing machine did Martha use on the show?

  • ReikiLady2 4 May, 2009

    Which model Phaff machine does Martha use on the show? Please list model #.