The Cozy Crafter

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The seasonal turn to cooler weather makes me cuddle up at home and get my craft on. Enjoy this simple way to add a splash of cuteness to your decor while never taking off your sweats and slippers.

Materials

  • Fabric to make a runner or buy an existing runner
  • Thread
  • Linoleum block and cutter*
  • Textile ink*
  • Rubber roller*
These items can be found at a local craft or art supply store

Sewing the Table Runner

You can buy a very basic runner to print on or here are a few quick steps to sew your own.
  • Measure length of table to determine amount of material to buy (I used the width of the material as it was on the bolt, which, when finished, made a nice 12 inch runner). Turn inside out and line up edges and pin in place.
  • Beginning on one end, sew bottom and around side, leave opposite end open. Flatten runner so that the seam is now in the center of the runner, instead of on the side, iron seam flat.
  • Turn runner right side out through open end and iron flat — there should now be a nice finished seam on the backside in the middle of your runner. Now we’ll finish the open end by folding the fabric up about a ½ inch and sew across.
At this point, you can leave it as a square runner. If you wish to have pointed ends follow the additional steps below
  • Flip runner over, fold and pin outer corners to the middle seam in the back — this will create your angles — repeat on opposite end.
  • Beginning at one end, sew around the perimeter of the runner using either matching or contrasting thread.
  • Trim the excess fabric off of the angled ends.

Printing the Table Runner

First you’ll want to design the pattern you wish to print. I’ve found that simple, repeatable patterns turn out the most beautiful. Download my pattern at here.
  • Transfer pattern onto linoleum block
  • Using block cutter, cut away areas which you don’t want printed. Remember if you’re printing text, it’ll need to be reversed
  • Using the roller, spread ink left and right and up and down on a flat, smooth surface to work out any thickness inconsistencies and bubbles. Make sure the roller is completely covered in ink.
  • Roll ink onto block cut — only the areas that will be printing should be covered in ink — see photo. I chose to apply the ink lightly to the block, so I could achieve a more distressed, finished look. If you’re having difficulty getting a solid print, you may need to roll out more ink.
  • Lay block face down onto material and press hard, remove, re-ink and repeat. I suggest printing some tests on a piece of scrap fabric; this will allow you to see where ink is printing unevenly, etc.
  • Once finished follow ink directions on dry time. Wash block and roller with warm water and let dry. Now you have a block print you can use again and again!
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