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DIY hankie table runner

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Easy DIY that adds pizazz to your table!

So you have guests coming over in a few hours and your table has seen better days. There are a few stains in the woodwork because your kids don't use coasters, some scratches from the family cat and a few splatters of paint from your son's science project. Instead of covering the whole thing with a tacky tablecloth, make this adorable, bright and fun DIY hankie table runner instead! It takes about 40 to 60 minutes and instantly brightens up a room and a tired table.

Completed tabble runner

This project can also be almost cost-free if you have a stash of pretty handkerchiefs lying around. If not, you can pick these up at any thrift store, Michaels or Home Goods. This also makes a great gift for parents and grandparents.

What you'll need: 

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  • 3 - 5 different patterned handkerchiefs
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

Step 1: Lay hankies side by side

Lay your hankies side by side in a line on a table or floor. This will give you an idea of how long your table runner will be.

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Step 2: Sew hankies together

Choose a thread color that closely matches the hems of your hankies. If you don't have a perfect match, don't worry, it won't be very visible. Thread your needle and begin sewing the edges of one hankie into the other.

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Don't worry if you aren't the best seamstress -- since this is a table runner, you can easily hide flaws or mistakes with a centerpiece, flowers, candles or a serving tray. And the more you sew, the better you'll get.

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Repeat this process by sewing the edges of each hankie to the next until you have the length you desire. Note: If some of your hankies are different sizes, carefully measure and cut them so the edge is straight and even with the hankie beside it.

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You want the hankies to be as close to the same size as possible. Once you are done sewing, cut off loose threads and fabric.

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Step 3: Display!

If your hankies were in storage (like mine), do a quick iron on them to smooth them out. Then place on your table and enjoy.

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A cute and easy way to spruce up your tables!

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