table runner tutorial
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Table Runner Tutorial for Chocolate Lovers

Table Runner Tutorial

For Chocolate Lovers (& Valentines!)

detail of embroidery on table runner

Here’s a table runner tutorial for all you chocolate lovers out there! It’s a great addition to your Valentine’s Day décor and features fun sparkly Poly Sparkle (formally known as Poly Star) thread from the Sulky Ultimate Valentine Thread Pack. This table runner doesn’t need any quilting to keep it together, but you can certainly add hand or machine quilting as well as traditional binding, if preferred.

Valentine Poly Star pack



Load the embroidery design into the machine. Resize the design down 20% to fit a 360×260 hoop, if needed. (If you only have a smaller hoop, choose one of the other available design sizes and adjust the fabric dimensions accordingly.)

Install a size 90/14 Organ Top Stitch or Metal Needle. Load the bobbin with Sulky Bobbin Thread.

Fuse the Soft ‘n Sheer Extra to the wrong side of the large solid rectangle.

fusing stabilizer

Hoop the stabilized fabric and place the hoop onto the machine.

Slow the machine speed by half.

Begin the embroidery design, swapping Sulky Poly Star for the Rayon Thread as follows.

  • 1186 Sable Brown Rayon – 0605 Dark Tawny Brown with Silver Sparkle Poly Star
  • 1558 Tea Rose Rayon – 0906 Burgundy with Tone on Tone Sparkle  Star
  • 1148 Light Coral Rayon – 0547 Coral Reed with Tone on Tone Sparkle Poly Star
  • 1217 Chesnut Rayon – 0554 Light Burgundy with Tone on Tone Sparkle Poly Star
  • 1158 Dark Maple Rayon – 0591 Claret with Copper Sparkle Poly Star
  • 0521 Nutmeg Rayon – 0552 Medium Dark Ecru with Silver Sparkle Poly Star

Note: 0592 Poly Star was used for color stop 2; 0553 used for color stop 8; 0547 used for color stop 16; additional 0589 used for color stop 14 in the featured sample.

embroidery in progress

When embroidery is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop. Press lightly from the wrong side to remove any hoop markings. Trim the rectangle to 14 1/2”x15”, centering the embroidery. Leave the stabilizer intact throughout construction.


From the coordinating print fabric, cut one 15” x 30” rectangle for the backing and two 14 ¼” x 9” rectangles for the side panels.

Piece the side panels to the center embroidered rectangle with right sides together and edges aligned. Press the seams toward the side panels.

Place the batting rectangle on a flat work surface. Position the table runner top right side up over the batting, using KK 2000 to secure. Place the backing rectangle over the top, aligning all corners and edges; pin the perimeter.

Stitch the perimeter using a ½” seam allowance. Leave a 5” opening unstitched along the lower edge for turning.

Clip the corners.

clipping corners of table runner

Turn the table runner right side out through the opening. Turn the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side.

opening for turning table runner right side out

Pin or clip the opening shut, using Clover Wonder Clips. Then, hand stitch the opening closed.

closing table runner opening

Gently press the table runner, avoiding the embroidery. Topstitch ½” from the table runner perimeter using one of the Poly Sparkle colors.



table runner tutorial sample on table

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!