Hearts on a String Table Runner {Tutorial}

I first posted this tutorial on a guest post over at Joy’s Hope last year.

I wanted to post it here too and figured this is a great time … you could STILL whip one of these out in time for Valentine’s day.


  • Scraps (if you’ve got them) or fabric in various red/pink prints. The largest size you’ll need is 3″x3″.
  • 1/2 YD fabric (front) – I used white Kona cotton
  • 1/2 YD fabric (back) – I used a red/white floral by Anna Griffin
  • Heat-n-Bond
  • Warm-n-White batting (approx. 14″x45″)
  • Thread
  • Optional tools to make it easier – rotary cutter & cutting mat

Step 1 –
Gather your scraps and start cutting them into 3″/2″/1.5″ strips. Then cut again to make squares (i.e. 3″x3″/2″x2″/1.5″x1/5″).

Step 2 –
Cut a 3″, 2″ and 1.5″ strip of heat-n-bond. Iron your fabric squares to each heat-n-bond strip according to instructions on the packaging. Then cut them into into individual squares and make yourself some hearts. You know, fold in half and cut (it’ll take you back to your grade school cut-n-paste days).

Step 3 – Cut your front fabric to 14″ x width of your fabric (approx. 45″). Cut your back fabric 16″ x width of your fabric. Cut batting to 14″ x 45″.

Step 4 – Arrange your hearts on your front fabric piece so that they make (2) ‘strings of hearts’ that cross about 1/3 from one side. Picture an invisible string running between them as you place them on the fabric. {Refer to finished table runner for a ‘visual’ of what this should look like.} Move them around until you’re happy with the placement and then iron them in place.

Step 5 – Make your ‘layer cake’ for quilting. Back fabric (right side down), then batting and then front fabric (right side up). Center the front fabric/batting on the back piece so that you have a pretty even border of back fabric all the way around.

Step 6 – Draw a line about 2″ in from each short end. Do not quilt in this small 2″ section as you’ll be cutting it away when you get ready to do your binding.

Step 7 – Using a walking foot ‘quilt’ a curved line along the first string of hearts. When you get to the end, pivot your work and quilt that line again, but not in the exact same line as the first time. We’re going for a natural/organic look. Repeat a 3rd & 4th time if you’d like. Do the same for the other string of hearts. I used a natural thread and a pale pink for my lines, but if you wanted them to be more noticeable, you could use hot pink or red (oh-la-la). Now, pat yourself on the back!!

**Now if you don’t want to do any free motion quilting, skip the next step. No one will judge you … but if you want a little spice in your life … try it!! **

Step 8 – Using a darning foot for free motion quilting, quilt around the large 3″ hearts. I went around 2 times. Don’t worry about it looking perfect. Just go with it …

Step 9 – Carefully fold back your back fabric from one short end and trim along the line you drew earlier MAKING SURE TO ONLY CUT OFF THE FRONT FABRIC & BATTING NOT THE BACK FABRIC (sorry I’m not really shouting, just want to get your attention on that one ;). Repeat on the other side. Now lay everything flat again and go around and trim your back fabric so that you have a 1″ border on all sides. Now click over to “Made by Rae‘s” cheater binding tutorial which I followed to finish my table runner.

**Note, you can bind this table runner traditionally if you’d like. I was simply going for speed (… name that Cake song … oh wait, I digress). **

Now, go ahead, lay that table runner out and admire it! I’ll wait …

Doesn’t it make your heart happy? I sure hope so. ::MWAH:: Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you!!

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to try a square one for the center of our kitchen table! It will be perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner.

  2. I wish I could sew!

  3. OH, that is just so sweet. Great idea to string hearts on a table runner. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love!! So pretty. :)

  5. Love that!

    P.S. that is my FAVORITE cake song. I play it on the way into work to try and get pumped up for the day (and sometimes it even works!)

  6. So cute!

  7. Wow you are VERY talent at sewing! Cute idea!

  8. Oh what a great looking runner. I’m very glad you posted it again because I hadn’t seen this before now. I really love this so thank you. I’m going to need to remember this for next year as there’s no way I can possibly do it this year.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial.So adorable!

  10. I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

  11. Joyce says:

    Love it! Thank you for a great tutorial!

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