Spring Vintage Linen Table Runner

I have been working on some fun Spring projects around here – and I can’t wait to show you the first one today!

I love using Vintage Linens in fun new ways – and this repurposed embroidered linen piece is perfect in my new Spring Table Runner!

Spring Vintage Linen Table Runner

This little runner looks so perfect on my entry way table. I pulled in the pretty, spring colors in the vintage piece and chose fabrics that would be bright and cheery!

Vintage Linen Table Runner

Linen and Fabric Table Runner

The center is a gorgeous embroidered piece of linen I picked up at an antique store. It had some stains and holes in the center of the runner, so I thought I’d give it a fresh start. I love the pom pom edging too!

Patchwork Table Runner with pompoms

This is super easy to do too!

Ready for the Tutorial?

I’m going to give your fabric pieces/measurements for this runner – it is sized 35″ x 10″ (not including pom poms).
If you want a different size, or have a different sized vintage piece, you’ll have to adjust your measurements.

The Vintage Runner was 11″ wide.
I used the full width and cut it to 11″ tall.
The side fabrics were:
six 3″ x 11″ pieces (3 different fabrics)
two 5″ x 11″ pieces
two pieces of vintage lace – 3″ x 11″
two pieces 2″ x  11″
Backing Fabric 36″ x 11″
Pom poms – 2 2/3 yds
Woven Fusible Interfacing – 36″ x 11″

Vintage Runner and Fabrics

Begin by deciding what order you’d like your fabrics to be in, then cut out your pieces. On each side of the vintage center, the fabric pieces go in this order: 3″, 5″, 3″, 2″, 3″.

Piecing a Table Runner

Sew the vintage lace on your large 5″ piece first. I just sewed a straight stitch on either side of the lace.

Adding Lace to Linen

Sew each side of the runner together with 1/2″ seam allowances. Press the seams to one side.

Sewing Table Runner

Since my vintage runner had lace on either side that was in good shape, I wanted that to show. If you have the same, just overlap the runner 1/2″ on top of the inside fabric piece and sew down.
If you don’t have lace to show off, just do a regular seam with your vintage piece.

Sewing Linen to Fabric

Repeat with the other side of the runner.

Iron your woven fusible interfacing to the back side of your pieced runner.

Woven Fusible Interfacing

Sew your pom pom trim just inside the right side edges of the runner. Overlap the ends. The pom poms should point in towards the center.

Sewing pompoms to Runner

Pin your backing and runner top together, right sides facing. Sew around all four edges, leaving about a 5″ opening for turning. Clip your corners and turn the runner right side out. Press the runner.

Turning Runner right side out

Sew the opening closed by hand. Put your new runner on your table and admire your handiwork. :)

Pieced Vintage Linen Runner

Pieced Table Runner

Spring Table Runner

I’d love to hear what you think!

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  • Reply March 6, 2013


    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love it!!

  • Reply March 6, 2013


    That’s fantastic! Such a great way to enjoy an eclectic combination of fabrics, with your vintage piece as the lead–I love that! Thanks for sharing it :-)

  • Reply March 7, 2013

    Julia Forshee

    The colors you selected are very Springy!! I love your tutorial especially because your pictures are so crisp and clean. We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

  • What a fun idea! I have a few vintage napkins that my Grandma hand-embroidered. This idea would give them fresh life.

  • Reply March 8, 2013

    Holly Lefevre

    I could not be more in love with this!

  • Reply March 11, 2013


    So adorable! I love the pom pom edge – so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply March 11, 2013

    Stacey Brown

    This is so lovely! What a great idea – thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply March 12, 2013


    So pretty, what a wonderful idea. So nice to use those beautiful hand embroidered pieces. You gave it new life!

  • Reply March 25, 2013

    Debbie LaGrange

    I love this. I have an embroidered table runner that belonged to my husbands grandmother. It is somewhat tattered in area and this will be a great way to make it into something we can display on our dining table! Great idea! thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply May 6, 2013

    Connie Shepherd

    I have vintage embroidered scarves that belonged to my Mom & Aunt. Now I know just what to do with them. Thanx for the great idea!! Also have vintage hankies that would work. Love ur site!

  • Reply September 14, 2013

    Ginnysue Welch

    What an interesting and resourceful use of a vintage piece! Love, love, love it!!!!

  • Reply November 26, 2013


    This is wonderful. I’m going to look to see what I have of my Grandma’s that I could turn into a runner, I know I have some tatting that she did that I could add, as it doesn’t take a lot.

  • Reply December 5, 2013

    Sue D

    What a great idea for the vintage piece. I am an avid estate sale goer and next time I see a piece like this I definitely am going to make one of these!

  • Reply March 11, 2014

    Sheryll Seidel

    It’s very pretty. I’m not a pom pom person, so I would use some flat lace!

  • Reply March 11, 2014

    Jamie Wilcox

    What a clever use of embroidery in this piece! It’s just as cute as a button. I’m subscribing to your blog to see your other work. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply September 13, 2014

    Teresa Curtis

    Your table runner is very elegant

  • Reply March 12, 2015

    Alice Veenema

    This is a beautiful way to display older pieces of linen! It could also be done asymetrically, or with the end pieces as 1/2 circles, giving an oval finish. Beautifully done.

  • Reply May 12, 2015

    Laura toombs

    Thank you so much for the awesome idea. I have some worn out ones that my made and can’t part with them. Now I don’t have too. Any idea for lacy handkerchiefs?

    • May 13, 2015


      Hi Laura! I’m so glad you like the idea!
      This Vintage Handkerchief Apron would look really pretty with lacy handkerchiefs! :)http://www.flamingotoes.com/2014/12/colorful-vintage-handkerchief-apron/

  • Reply April 7, 2016

    Maria Luisa Lucio

    I love it! I have signed up for e-mail. I am there!

  • Reply May 10, 2016

    tink davenport

    What a super idea. I love old linens but after they’re stained & holey, afraid to use them. but you have repurposed them. thanks! Just signed up for more of your good ideas too.

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