Pinwheel Table Runner {How-To}

Okay, pick yourself up off the floor … I know, I know …

I’m actually posting something about SEWING. Not only that, but it’s a HOW-TO as well. Double win for a Monday morning!!

Carina Gardner graciously sent me some fabric from her new line for Riley Blake, Remember. It’s a lovely line with blacks and grays and punches of red, pink and yellow.

A quick look through my Pinterest “Ideas to Quilt …” board and I spotted this three-dimensional pinwheel block. Of course, if you’ve been around here long, you know one of my favorite sewing projects is a table runner.

So I paired this lovely fabric + fun block = a unique table runner.

Here’s how I did it~

Supplies used::

    • 3 {1/4 YD each} “Solid” Print Fabrics / I used the damask print in red, yellow and pink
    • 3 {1/4 YD each} “Pattern” Print Fabrics / I used the dots in red, yellow and gray
    • 1 {1/2 YD} Backing/Binding Fabric / I used the stripe in yellow
    • 1 {3/4 YD} Block Solid/Sashing / I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex in grey
    • 12×50 cut of batting / I used Warm&Natural

    I followed this tutorial by Scholosser Designs to create {5} three-dimensional pinwheel blocks for my table runner {2 – Yellow / 2 – Red / 1 – Pink}. In order to do so, I cut (10) 4″ blocks of both the solid and print fabrics AND (20) 5″ blocks of the solid Essex. I trimmed each finished block to 9″ square and sewed them together as follows: red, yellow, pink, yellow, red.

    I then cut {3} 2″ strips of the Essex in gray for my sashing. Before sewing my sashing to the long edge of the strip of blocks, I wanted to add a little something something.

    I went ahead and used the remaining piece of dots in gray to cut 1″ strips which I folded in half right sides together and sewed in between my sashing {right side down} and long edge of blocks {right side up} and stitched the long sides first {if you don’t do your long sides first, you won’t be able to use a single strip of 2″ fabric}.

    I repeated the two above steps for the short edges of the strip of blocks.

    Trim/Square up your table runner and make your ‘quilt sandwich.’ A quilt sandwich is your backing piece of fabric right side down, batting and your table runner top right side up.

    ** This how-to uses “Made by Rae’s cheater method” for binding which means you want your batting cut to fit your table runner top AND you want your backing fabric to be AT LEAST 1.5-2″ wider than your table runner on all sides. **
    Pin your sandwich together and quilt as you’d like. I drew temporary guide lines on the diagonal (using the pinwheels as guides) for my stitching. 
    What do you think?!? Don’t you just LOVE how fun this is?!?!
    Thank you Carina for sending me fabric to play with!


    1. I love it! Thanks for the instructions.

    2. I LOVE this. Thanks for posting!

    3. Very cute!!

    4. Lovely.:) Thank you for the tuto.:)

    5. That is ADORABLE and I think I will have to make some of those pinwheels. The tutorial looks so easy!

    6. I just love pinwheels and this one is CUTE! Love the fabric too!

    7. Sandy C says:

      LOVE!! The fabrics, the 3D pinwheel pattern, the extra little splash of pattern between your blocks and your trim, and the diagonal quilting is all too beautiful!

    8. It`s absolutely beautiful.Thanks for the tutorial.Have a fun weekend!

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