Zig-Zag Table Runner {Tutorial}

Happy Friday!

I’ve been working on a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for you the last few days. Something to get you in the holiday spirit … I mean you know we’re less than 60 days until Christmas right? Oh wait, we haven’t even celebrated Halloween or Thanksgiving yet?

Well never fear, change up the colors and this tutorial could be for Halloween or Thanksgiving too!

Thanks to the lovely folks at AccuQuilt, their stork dropped off a sweet little ‘Go! Baby’ Fabric Cutter on my doorstep a few weeks ago. I’ve been so busy with sample sewing, that I just got to open it up and play with it this week {uhm, good thing this wasn’t a real baby … sheesh, I’d be locked up}.

Alright, let’s get started.

Unwrap your little bundle of joy, packaged so cute in its own little dust protecting bag. Take a look at the three lovely dies and decide upon the half square triangles. Then if you’re oh-so predictable like me, you’ll start thinking about a new table runner for the holidays. And then you’ll start thinking patterns and remember how much you loved making the zig-zag quilt, so why not use that pattern. And then after all that thinking, chances are you’ll need a cookie {and an iced tea}.

Okay then …

Zig-Zag Ricky-Rac Table Runner
{uhm yes, I insist you use this name when talking to all your friends about this tutorial}

Finished size – 12″x34″

Supplies needed:
Go Baby! Fabric Cutter
Half Square Triangle Die
{2} 5×11 Fabric Green Zig-Zags
{2} 5×11 Fabric Red Zig-Zags
{4} 5×11 Fabric White Zig-Zags
{1} 2.5xWOF Fabric White Border {wof = width of fabric}
{1} Package Jumbo Red Ric-Rac
{1} 12×34 Batting Piece
{1} 16xWOF Back/Binding Piece

Coordinating Thread {I used white “Silky” brand for the quilting}

1. Layer your red fabrics and place on the die evenly. {The pattern on the die is offset, so I offset my fabric as well so that the stripes would remain mostly straight on my fabric. This isn’t as big of a deal if you don’t have a directional print.} Place cutting mat on top of fabric and run through the Go! Baby cutter.

Carefully remove your piece and snip anywhere it didn’t completely cut to avoid snags in your fabric. Repeat for remaining green fabric and white fabric {5×11 rectangles only}.

2. Place your squares in a zig-zag pattern as shown.

3. Match pairs right side together and sew with 1/4″ SA {seam allowance}. Repeat for all squares. Iron seams open and notice how lovely your squares look thanks to the non-pointy/blunt end triangles your die cut for you. Hurray!

4. Again lay out your pairs in the zig-zag pattern, match pairs, right sides together and sew. Press seams open. {Repeat again, this time matching the top half of the block with the bottom half of the block.} You should now have 4 ‘blocks’ … 2 red, 2 green. Trim your blocks to 8″ using your center seams as your guide.

5. Sew your blocks together making sure you’ve matched them up correctly for the zig-zag pattern. Press seams open.

6. Add ric rac embellishment {if you’d like … I mean I suppose it’s optional} and long borders. Carefully cut your 2.5″ strip of white to fit two lengths of the runner {approx. 2.5″x30″ each}. Sandwich ric-rac in between the zig zag top and the border {right sides together}. ** Hint – to hold ric-rac in place, I use a little bit of fabric glue every other ‘bump’ in the ric-rac to hold it in place while I sew. It works like a charm. ** Press seams toward outside. Repeat for other length and then for the two width ends {approx. 2.5″ x 12″}.

7. Trim top piece and iron to same size piece of batting. Trim any excess batting. Layer the top piece/batting onto the back piece {wrong sides together}. Pin in place for quilting.

8. I chose to quilt my with straight lines, following the zig zag pattern, every .5″ inside the colored zig-zag and every 1″ outside the colored zig-zag. When quilting, do not go beyond your top piece/batting onto the backing alone {see picture above}.  Your lines don’t have to be perfect, just look at mine … they’re not!

9. Iron quilted piece and trim threads as needed. Trim the back piece to an even 1″ border around the top piece/batting. Follow Made by Rae’s ‘cheater binding’ to finish your table runner. I love, love, love this method of binding and use it for almost all my projects aside from  large quilts. It just looks really sharp and is a huge time saver.

Enjoy your new table runner!!


  • You could make this tutorial without the Go! Baby Fabric Cutter, however it does make it so much faster and I think produces neater and more precise blocks. You’ll need to cut 4.5″ blocks/triangles if you don’t use the die.
  • This is not a pattern, but rather a simple tutorial; I did not ‘dream up’ the zig-zag pattern for quilting, I don’t know who did; I’m simply giving you a lot of details and walking you through what I did to create this table runner.
  • This is not meant to teach you how to sew or how to quilt. There are many wonderful resources out there that will do just that. This is not it.

If you’d like to learn more about AccuQuilt’s products and sign up for more than 22 free patterns {*hint, hint* I bet you could make a lot of these even if you didn’t have the die cutter} go here or click on the button in my sidebar.

If you’d like to WIN your very own Go! Baby Fabric Cutter … well then I say, come back Monday when I’ll give you TreATs instead of TriCks.

Oh and speaking of treats, the winner of the “Zinnia Designs” mini dish {and matching mug rug by me} giveaway is::

#1 – Jill

Seriously, #1 … I even took the screen shot fearing you wouldn’t believe me.
Happy Day to you Jill. Please send me an e-mail with your contact information so I can pass it along and get your winnings to you.

Legal Schmegal::
I did receive an AccuQuilt Go! Baby system and {3} dies in exchange for a review post on my blog. All opinions and this tutorial are my own. I did use affliate links in this post and do receive a small compensation for you signing up for their e-mails.

Thirty Hand Made Days

beneath my heart


  1. you are becoming one of those artists where I want to buy EVERYTHING you make and have it first.
    you are so stinkin’ talented.

  2. I love the ric rac detail! I think I need to make one of these soon.

  3. I was two shakes away from putting that in my cart at Joanns the other day. Do you recommend then? It looks like it would be kind of fun and make up some quick runners and quilts!!

  4. Love the tutorial. I will save it for a day I do not have so many irons in the fire!

  5. Sherry says:

    Hi …

    Love the table runner… I will make one of these soon…Happy Quilting !!

  6. bonni Feltz says:

    I love the idea of the rick rack being added. It sets it off nicely. I think that using the GO! or GO!baby to do your cutting for you is both smart and efficient! well done!

  7. Cute table runner and I love the fabric. Do you recall the fabric line that you used??

    • Thank you! I don’t recall what designer/manufacturer the red/green striped fabrics are from, but the backing is Amy Butler’s Full Moon Dot in Lime.

  8. Which AccuQuilt die was used for the zig zag table runner?

  9. Karen Keltner says:

    I just discovered this pattern and I love it!! I will have to cut my squares with a ruler as I do not have a fancy cutter!!


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