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Fall Table Decor + No Sew Runner

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Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get crafty and create some simple fall table decor ideas, including a no sew table runner!

I love fall and everything about it.

Brisk weather for a lovely stroll. Perfect time to pull out my favorite sweater. Oh, how I adore sweater weather! Fall leaves are beautiful as well (as long as I’m not the one raking them!)

Fall is the perfect season for creating simple yet beautiful table decor. This easy burlap table runner is a perfect way to add touches of the season to your home. 

***Stay tuned for more easy table ideas after the tutorial!

Materials:

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materials for no sew table runner

Burlap fabric
Patterned fabric
(similar style to the one I used)
Scissors
Seam ripper

Iron on adhesive in both wide and narrow types
Iron

Instructions

Step 1. Purchase and prepare fabric.

Fabric runs 40-45” wide and can be cut in half depending on the width of your table. Length is determined by your table size. I used a cotton blend patterned fabric for the accent piece.

Step 2. Wash and dry both types of fabric.

Wash burlap on cool setting with liquid detergent on delicate. Take out of the washer immediately to prevent wrinkles. Dry on normal setting. After it’s dry take outside and shake the fuzz off of it. Also trim any ragged edges.

pull strings out of burlap with scissors

Patterned fabric should be washed separately to avoid attracting fuzz. Use same settings for both washing and drying.

Step 3. Cut burlap to size.

The easiest way to cut burlap is to make a small snip with scissors in the middle and use seam ripper to pull a thread until it gathers. Keep gently pulling the thread until it completely comes out of the burlap. This will give you a guide for cutting the fabric.

pull string out of burlap to find center
cut cream burlap fabric

Step 4. Cut out patterned fabric.

cutting floral and striped fabric for fall table runner

It was easy to cut out the width of this fabric since lines were part of the pattern.

Step 5. Measure and mark height on the under side of fabric and cut out.

mark back of floral fabric with pencil

All of these measurements depend on the size of table you’re using for the table runner.

Step 6. Iron entire piece of burlap on high heat (using a spritz of water if necessary). Also iron patterned fabric.

Iron burlap fabric on top of blue towel
iron floral fabric on top of blue towel

Step 7. Cut off ragged edges and turn under 1” on both long sides of the burlap and iron on medium-high heat.

Step 8. Create a fringe on short edges of burlap.

This is done by pulling one strand completely out on the short edge of burlap. Continue removing strands until you reach desired length fringe.

No Sew DIY Table Runner

Step 9.  Attach narrow iron on adhesive to sides of burlap and iron together to create a no sew seam.

Sew adhesive tape on burlap

If you’ve never used iron on adhesive make sure and read the instructions before this step. It’s the perfect product for a good no sew project but you don’t want to burn the fabric!

Step 10.  Add wide iron on adhesive to patterned fabric and peel off paper back.

cut adhesive for fabric
peel away adhesive backing for floral fall fabric

Step 11. Attach patterned fabric to burlap by ironing.

sew floral fabric to seal adhesive backing

Voila! A beautiful table without a sewing machine! Don’t you just love the fabric? It’s non-traditional but perfect for this tablescape.

Fall table with no sew DIY table runner
fall table decor ideas with no sew table runner

How do I decorate a fall table?

I believe a beautiful table (whether it’s kitchen or dining room table) doesn’t have to be complicated. Google fall table centerpieces and see what inspiration catches your eye. Try using eucalyptus, wheat stems, votive candles and berries as a starter. Don’t forget seasonal fruit like apples, oranges, pears and even gourds make a delightful way to start your fall tablescape.

How do you make a fall centerpiece?

I find it helpful to choose a theme, whether it’s a color palette or a style like rustic charm. The centerpiece below uses a burlap runner and accent piece with bright stems and fall flowers in a wooden box for corralling everything.

A tray of food on a table, with Pumpkin and Muffin

I don’t usually decorate for Halloween but this DIY project was created for a magazine and I wanted to share it!

Spooky Spoons Halloween Centerpiece

DIY Fall Decorating Ideas

I’m in love with plaid and use it in both fall and Christmas decor. For the table below I used a metal candle arrangement and candlesticks on a burlap and checked fabric. To me burlap is the perfect fall fabric and it’s so easy to work with for those of us who don’t sew!

The grateful plates are my favorite dollar store ones and the chargers were a DIY project as well.

A table topped with plates of food on a plate, with Table Runner and Tablecloth

No Sew Table Runner and Buffalo Plaid Chargers

How do I decorate for fall with no money?

There are many ways to create a beautiful fall home with very little money. First of all, think of all the things from nature you can use such as leaves, branches, seasonal flowers and pine cones.

For just a few dollars go wild at your local dollar store! These grateful plates come out every single year because they just make me happy. Think outside the box when shopping at a dollar store. Don’t forget the party and home decor section!

A table topped with plates of food on a plate, with Orange and Mod Podge

Easy Dollar Store Fall Decorations

What’s the easiest way to decorate for fall?

Use what you already have or borrow from nature! These aqua and white plates are ones I use regularly and together with a few pinecones and faux pumpkins create a fun seasonal table.

Take this same idea and apply it all around your home or wherever you’re wanting to add a touch of autumn. Don’t be afraid to spray paint baby food jars (like those below) and add votives or even glass vases for a personal touch.

A kitchen with a table in a room

Orange and Blue Fall Table Decor

Reuse older decor pieces in a new way.

I love to mix and match and shake things up in my home! This branch candle centerpiece is a fun addition to a console table and has been used many times in a Thanksgiving centerpiece. A few mini pumpkins, pine cones, acorns and greenery and you’ve got a fall table centerpiece to enjoy all season.

Branch Candle Centerpiece

A bowl of oranges on a table, with Thanksgiving and Plate

Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas

Last of all here are some more pictures with ideas for your autumn table decor. My farmhouse table has seen so much fall decor for each year!

A room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

Dollar stores bowls add a pattern and the chalkboard tags tied with jute around each napkin add additional rustic charm. I use these rustic wood chargers over and over throughout the year. I have enough for a table full of guests or setting a smaller table.

A piece of cake sitting on top of a wooden table

DIY Rustic Wood Chargers

No Sew Burlap Table Runner

Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get crafty and create some simple fall table decor ideas, including a no sew table runner!

Materials
  

  • 1 burlap fabric
  • 1 patterned fabric
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 seam ripper
  • 1 wide iron on adhesive
  • 1 narrow iron on adhesive
  • iron

Instructions
 

  • Step 1. Purchase and prepare fabric.
  • Step 2. Wash and dry both types of fabric.
  • Step 3. Cut burlap to size.
  • Step 4. Cut out patterned fabric.
  • Step 5. Measure and mark height on the under side of fabric and cut out.
  • Step 6. Iron entire piece of burlap on high heat (using a spritz of water if necessary). Also iron patterned fabric.
  • Step 7. Cut off ragged edges and turn under 1” on both long sides of the burlap and iron on medium-high heat.
  • Step 8. Create a fringe on short edges of burlap.
  • Step 9.  Attach narrow iron on adhesive to sides of burlap and iron together to create a no sew seam.
  • Step 10.  Add wide iron on adhesive to patterned fabric and peel off paper back.
  • Step 11. Attach patterned fabric to burlap by ironing.

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57 Comments

  1. Hi Marty, I’m making my way through the Fall tablescapes.
    Lovely setting. I really like the use of the pinecones and those rustic wood table “mats” are such a wonderful (and easy) idea too.
    Pleasure to pop over and browse. Have a nice day.

  2. Love it! I love that it’s so cheerful–like Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” for your table!

  3. Marty – you did a fantastic job on your table! I love all of the rustic elements. I think that I need to steal Tim away to make some of those “placemats” for me! Looking forward to seeing how you made your no-sew runner.

  4. I love the orange bottles. Do you know what you used for the paint. I would love to do some orange accents in our bedroom – it has blues in it. Thank you for sharing your ideas. 🙂

  5. Marty, you could sell those wooden fence board chargers. I am drooling over them!!!! I love this table filled with color and great texture… and so lovingly set with name plates and all!

    1. Yvonne, you always leave the sweetest, encouraging comments and I appreciate them so much! Your home is so incredible, and I’m grateful you like my little abode!

  6. So pretty Marty and I love all the pops of orange. I am amazed at those wood chargers…I love the texture they add to your table. I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with love and laughter. Blessings to you…Ann

    1. Ann, you’re so sweet to leave such a sweet comment. This table is one of my all time favorites, and I”m glad we get to share this tour together! Have a great day!

  7. So pretty Marty!! I adore the rustic chargers your husband made, I think I may need some of those myself. 😉 The color combination is classic yet fresh and inviting! It looks like it will be a beautiful Thanksgiving at your home.

    Heather

    1. Hi, Heather. Thanks for the sweet compliments on my tablescape. I think maybe I’m getting better at them! Or maybe I’m just accumulating more stuff! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. These are great, Marty–rustic, inexpensive, but so lovely! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I pinned this and I’m going to feature it on my Imparting Grace Facebook page today!

    1. Hi, Richella. Thanks so much for sharing my fall tablescape. I had so much fun with it and it’s going back up again at Thanksgiving. Loved your pillow tutorial by the way and I pinned that, too!

  9. I love the rustic elegance of your table. And those chargers are amazing! Be sure you tell Tim I said so. Before you’re finished, you’ll have him building a house of out old fence boards. And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one to beg, borrow and steal for my Thanksgiving table. I’m finally getting around to sharing all these amazing tablescapes on Facebook, Pinterest and Google+

    1. A house out of fence boards? You are genius! It will probably be for me when Tim kicks me out of the house because I’m asking him to make me one more project! Thank you for pinning and sharing!

    1. Hi, Tess. I love the mixture of casual and rustic but you could make it more formal by using a different china. I added the crystal because it has such sentimental memories for me. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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