Spring Table

My heart is heavy for the people in Boston this morning.  The lives that were devastatingly altered yesterday…. there simply are no words.  None.  And so instead I’m going to draw my family close, sit a little longer with friends and share something completely superficial and frivolous with you here… just because it makes me smile.  Enjoy the people precious to you and pray for those in Boston.

One of the things on my wish list for 2013 is to paint our dining room table.

Dining Table | Storypiece

It was given to us before we were married and it has seen us through hundreds of occasions in the last 20 years. From our very first dinner party to countless DIY projects, this table has seen it all. And in a lot of ways it shows it.

But in an effort to keep my family sane and to stay focused on the three other projects we’ve got going on right now, I’ll wait to update it.  Instead, I decided to whip up a new table runner.  Here I mentioned that I prefer a table runner to a table cloth. For our busy family, it just makes more sense.  But this time, instead of using a scarf, I decided to make my own runner.

The biggest challenge for this little project was finding the right fabric. I was looking for a bold blue to contrast with the oak table and flowers I plan to display. However, we don’t have a lot of blues in our living and dining room and most of what we do have is a robin egg blue.  Finding the right design was going to be tricky.

So much like The Dating Game, I had to interview a few candidates.

Fabric #1: Has both dark and light blue with pops of green.

Bold Blue Floral Fabric | Storypiece

The design and colors are bright and upbeat, but it’s not quite right for the space. It still makes me smile and I have a feeling it will turn up somewhere else in our home.

Fabric #2: Tyson picked this one out and it has a totally different vibe.

Geometric Print | Storypiece

The colors work within the room, the pattern is graphic and more masculine.  But it’s too subtle for the table.  At least for the look I’m going for.  We still like it, so I’m sure it’ll make an appearance somewhere else in our house too.

Fabric #3: Hello, Gorgeous!

Robert Allen Fabric | Storypiece

This Robert Allen fabric was love at first sight!  Bold Color – check. Graphic Print – check. Good contrast against the oak table – check.  It ties in nicely with the other elements in the room and is everything I had hoped for.  It’s a beautiful thing when you find just the right fabric!

To get started, I purchased a half yard of fabric.  Standard runners are about 14″ wide so I figured after squaring up the sides and hemming the edges I would be right around that size.

Can I just pause here and show you the back of this fabric?

Decorative Fabric Back | Storypiece

Polka Dots!  How great is that?!  I’m not sure that I’ve seen fabric with such decorative detailing on the underside before.  I love it almost as much as the front.

To create the runner, I used my favorite fusible tape to help me create a quick hem.  Fold over the raw edge once with tape.

Fusible Tape for Hem | Storypiece

Press with iron.

Fused with Heat | Storypiece

Repeat so that all the raw edges are folded in.

Fold & Press w/Fusible Tape | Storypiece

Then to finish everything off, I added a simple stitch around the border with my machine. This last step isn’t necessary, but I thought it would be a nice way to reinforce the whole thing.

The table runner was exactly the bright new accent I was looking for as we head into spring.

Custom Table Runner for Spring | StorypieceI’ve dressed it up with white amaryllis…

Finished Table Runner | Storypiece

…  and crimson tulips.

Spring Table | Storypiece

It’s been such a cheery addition to our dining room, especially on some of our gray, rainy days.  And I can’t wait to see how it looks with the table when we finally get a chance to update that piece too.

Robert Allen Fabric Runner | Storypiece

What are you doing to get ready for spring?  Have you made any recent purchases that brighten your day? Are there any new projects that you are eager to get to?

Also, I want to say a huge thank you to those that joined in the Link-up Party.  I was pretty pleased with this first event and I hope to do it again soon.  However, for those that are interested, the party is still going on until midnight tonight.  So if you have a Favorite Find to share, feel free to link away here!


  1. Stacey says:

    SO PRETTY! I love this and how it totally changes the look of the table. Delightful!
    I have lots of fabric that I intend to do this same thing with… except I can’t ever choose which one to use. There are just too many choices. All of these are fabulous but you definitely had that “THIS IS IT” moment. I love those moments! Very nice, Danielle.

    And yes, the Boston tragedy has me with such a heavy heart today. It’s very difficult to get on the radio and try to raise money this week. Seems so unimportant…..

    • admin says:

      Thanks! Being the fabric junky that I am, I can totally relate.

      Ugh… having to do the fundraising thing after such a horrible event has got to be the worst. But also know that for me (and I’m sure I’m not alone) hearing those familiar voices on the radio and thru podcasts after such a devastating occurrence, those people always bring such comfort and connectedness that I treasure. What you are doing is important and goes beyond raising financial support for sure.

  2. Gilit says:

    Love it! The tulips are spring perfection!

    I think that to respond to tragedy with kindness and beauty is better than anger and sometimes all we can do. We hold our family a little closer and pray for those in need. Thanks for the beauty 🙂

    • admin says:

      I haven’t decided. I was originally thinking black, but it might be fun to do a really dark stain. Either way, I think this blue and white will look stunning on it.

  3. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian says:

    You might need to make placemats or something, just to use the backside up… the polka dots are too cute to not display somewhere.

    I’m going to google that fabric, I really love it!! I’ve been looking for a new pillow-fabric for the living room, and even bought stuff in January… but then never got around to sewing them, and now the fabric has revealed itself to be hideous. I hate when that happens.

    • admin says:

      Ha! I have more fabric than I’ll ever know what to do with. It’s always such a bummer when it reveals itself to be hideous. Kinda like beer googles only worse since you can’t blame it on the alcohol. Wait… that sounds like I know what I’m talking about.

    • admin says:

      Jenn, I seriously have you to thank for this fabric. All those beautiful prints that you picked up at Fabric Depot got me out of my JoAnn’s rut. This one was my Mill End find and I’m thrilled with it! Thanks again!!

  4. ScrapAndSalvage says:

    either this didn’t show up in my reader or i was too invested in the news last week. i love it! that teal color is amazing and adds so much to the table, especially because the table is so big. nicely done (and you make it look so simple!)

    • admin says:

      Thanks! Last week was an emotional week and such a good reminder to do the things that bring you joy. As superficial as it may sound, these little things springing up in my home make me smile when faced with the darkness in the world. So glad you enjoyed it, too. 🙂

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