Scrappy sunshine table runner

This table runner is made from the leftovers of the sunshine place mats I made earlier.


Scraps of colorful fabric, at least 8 inches long and more than 1 1/2-inches wide.

Light/neutral fabric

Coordinating dark, preferably solid color fabric for border about 1/3 of a yard.

14-inch by 34-inch fabric for backing

14-inch by 35-inch felt for lining



  1. From the scraps, cut 30 pieces of a mix of colors 1 1/2-inch by 7 1/2 inches.
  2. From the light fabric, cut 30 pieces 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch squares and 30 1 1/2-inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangles.
  3. Cut two strips from the dark solid 2 1/2-inches by 14 1/2-inches and two strips 2 1/2-inches by 30 1/2 inches.
  4. runner-layoutSew one light square to the top and one light rectangle to the bottom of each colored strip from the scraps. Press the seams and trim loose threads.
  5. Line up the scraps in the order you want, alternating whether the small square is at the top or the bottom. It should look sort of like a zig zag.
  6. Sew the strips together. Press the seams and the whole piece.
  7. Sew the 30 1/2 long strip of dark fabric to the sides of piece you just finished. Then add the shorter pieces to the end. Press seams and trim loose threads.
  8. Make a sandwich with the backing on the bottom, the felt in the middle and the pieced-topper on the top.
  9. Quilt the pieces together with a pattern of your choice or stitch-in-the-ditch.
  10. Bind the edges with bias tape.