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Pulled-Thread Table Runner


Choose fabric with a loose weave, such as burlap or linen. It should run the length of the table, minus 2 inches on the two short sides, and have a 6-inch overhang on both long sides. You'll also need a disappearing-ink fabric pen. Spot clean the finished runner as needed.


  • Burlap or linen fabric
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • Sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    Using the disappearing-ink pen, mark the following intervals on edge of fabric, starting at bottom corner of one long side and working up: 3/4 inch, 2 inches, 2 1/4 inches, 2 3/4 inches, 3 3/4 inches, 4 1/4 inches, 4 1/2 inches.

  2. Step 2

    Create fringe along bottom, up to 3/4-inch mark, by carefully pulling out horizontal threads. 

  3. Step 3


    At 2-inch mark, pull out more threads, up to 2 1/4-inch mark. Continue to pull threads at intervals, leaving intact panels in between, above.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat steps 1 through 3 on opposite long side.

  5. Step 5

    Starting at bottom corner of one short side, measure 3/4 inch from bottom; mark with pen. Create fringe as in step 2.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat on opposite short side.

  7. Step 7


    Using a sewing machine (and thread that matches tablecloth, if desired), sew around panels to secure.