30 Free Table Runner Patterns Designed to Impress Your Pickiest Guests


Looking for free table runner patterns? I gathered all my favorites in one place – here you’ll find free sewing patterns for table runners for fall, winter, spring, and summer!

Create a table runner to decorate your table for any season with one of these beautiful table runner patterns…. you won’t believe how quickly they come together. Each of these table runner tutorials includes downloadable templates (if needed) and step-by-step instructions. If you want a holiday table runner, keep scrolling, there are plenty! A handmade table runner can also make a wonderful housewarming gift.

The simplest table runners in this collection require just fabric, thread, and maybe some optional trim. You’ll also find quilted table runners, for which you’ll need some batting. If you’d like the runner to protect your table from hot dishes, use insulated batting instead of or in addition to cotton quilt batting. Learn new sewing techniques with these free patterns and tutorials today!

Simple Runner with Tassels

Photo credit: Heather Handmade

Learn how to sew a simple table runner with cotton fabric and trim. If you don’t already have tassels it’s easy to make your own using embroidery thread. Sew this runner for everyday, for holiday decorating, or give it as a handmade gift.

The Fastest Table Runner Pattern

Need a fast and easy tutorial? Try my 5 Minute Table Runner pattern. You’ll need just one yard of fabric, some matching trim (optional), and thread. It’s magic! 

Denim and Chambray Table Runner

Photo credit: Amy Smart / Diary of a Quilter

Be inspired by this subtly beautiful table runner by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter. It’s elegant enough for any time of the year.

Vintage Doily Table Runner

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If you have a collection of vintage lace and doilies, turn them into a beautiful and useful table runner. This clever tutorial will have you sewing and feeling nostalgic.

Woven Hearts Table Runner

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The Woven Hearts Table Runner pattern is perfect for last-minute Valentine’s or Christmas decor. I love it all year! It’s easy to sew, with just four 12” quilt blocks and some setting triangles.

Improv Gift Wrap Table Runner

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The Improv Gift Wrap Table Runner is a darling Christmas decoration, but would also be sweet for birthdays or other gift-giving holidays!

Glazed Hearts Table Runner

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Sew up this lovely Jelly Glazed Hearts Tablerunner. It can be made with strips from your favorite Jelly Roll and some yardage from your scrap bin!

Snowball Crumb Catcher

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This table topper looks like you spent a lot of time on it, but really you can finish it in a snap because the hexagons are applique. English paper piecing is beautiful and I do that too… but I love to find ‘cheater’ projects when time is short.

Stars and Stripes Table Runner

Photo credit: Amy Smart / Diary of a Quilter

This is the loveliest patriotic table runner I have ever seen! The pattern is really easy with just stars and stripes.

Modern Table Runner Pattern

My Modern Table Runner with half square triangles is like a small quilt pattern – put some chic flying geese-like designs on your table. Table runners like this one are perfect for using leftover fabric from quilts you may be working on.

Autumn Leaves Table Runner

My Autumn Leaves Fall Table Runner includes free downloadable templates and detailed instructions for applique. There is even a short video showing you my technique!

Happy Turkey Table Runner

Sew up this adorable quilted Happy Turkey Table Runner for Thanksgiving dinner! The applique templates for this quilted table runner pattern are free. He will add some pizzazz to your table for sure.

Simple Skinny Table Runner

Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson / Polka Dot Chair

The Skinny Simple Table Runner is a fat quarter friendly! You can keep going and make it as long as you want.

Scrappy Quilt as You Go Table Runner

Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson / Polka Dot Chair

Melissa makes this fun and scrappy table runner with Halloween fabrics, but any fabrics in your scrap bin will work great!

Witch and Famous Table Runner

Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson / Polka Dot Chair

Show how ‘Witch and Famous‘ you are with this spooky and sweet table runner!

Dutchman’s Puzzle Table Runner

Photo credit: Amy Smart / Diary of a Quilter

Here’s a table runner pattern with a fun setting for traditional quilt blocks like Dutchman’s Puzzle. Learn how to make this table runner for unlimited options!

Wild Poppy Applique Table Runner

My Wild Poppy Applique Table Runner can also be a beautiful wall hanging for any time of year. If you like, leave plenty of white space around the applique design so  you can practice your quilting.

Sochi Table Runner Pattern

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Make your own gorgeous multicolored table runner to put a rainbow of cheer on your table. Notice how the Sochi-Inspired Table Runner gradually moves through each color.

Let’s Bake! Table Runner

Photo credit: Heidi Staples / Fabric Mutt

This little table runner with cupcake and mixer appliques by the talented Lori Holt is too adorable! Heidi Staples shares more about it on her blog.

Dessert First!

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Dessert First! is another modern table topper pattern from the Tattooed Quilter. His color palette is black and white with a touch of gold. Isn’t it gorgeous? This would make a great gift for a housewarming party!

Hexagon Table Runner

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Here’s a beautiful handmade table runner sewn from hexagons.  Hand-piecing projects like this are perfect for taking on the go with a small sewing kit. You’ll never be bored and have beautiful projects like this to show for it.

Gnome Table Runner Pattern

This Gnome Table Runner can be perfect for any season – he’ll make your grumpiest guests smile. When it’s time to eat, I move this cute guy to the coffee table so he stays nearby!

Merry and Cheer Table Runner

Melissa’s Merry & Cheer Table Runner is so cute with fabric stripes and applique. This easy Christmas project uses pre-cut fabric strips too!

Peppermint Table Topper Pattern

Photo credit: Christopher Thompson

Peppermint is a mini quilt pattern that is 21” square, so it makes a festive table topper! Learn how to make it and make your home more jolly.

Tinsel Gift Tag Runner

Photo credit: Heidi Staples / Fabric Mutt

Tell me you love Christmas without saying you love Christmas, lol! Just sew the Tinsel Tag Runner from Fabric Mutt.

Valentine’s Day Table Runner

The Charming Gathered Runner pattern is perfect for a romantic Valentines dinner!

Sweet Watermelon Table Runner

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Sew the Sweet Watermelon Table Runner for summer-themed fun!

Polka Dot Glitter Table Runner

Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson / Polka Dot Chair

No time to sew? You will love this no-sew table runner tutorial that has so much glam!

As always, I love to see your sewing projects using my free patterns and tutorials. Please post a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe so I can take a look! 

Bless This Nest Quilted Table Runner

Photo credit: Sarah Ashford / Polka Dot Chair

Sew this quilted table runner to add a homemade touch to any festivities. If you have a large table, add on extra blocks and make it longer!

Meow Foundation Paper Pieced Table Runner

Photo credit: Sarah Ashford / Polka Dot Chair

Have you started foundation paper piecing yet? Learn this fun quilt-making technique that helps you make intricate blocks easily. That’s how the Meow Table Runner was made!

Happy Sewing!

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