Tutorial - Sideboard Runner

The sideboard of my dining room needed a runner to protect it from the Christmas punch and Trifle.  Here are the measurements and instructions for making a runner to fit my particular sideboard but it can be extended to any size.

TUTORIAL for Stitching a Sideboard Runner

This runner is designed to fit my dolls house dining-room sideboard which measures 12cm x 5cm.  The finished size of the runner will be exactly the same as the sideboard top however without the lace edging it would be narrower.
1.      A cotton or linen handkerchief or scrap of white material big enough to cover the top of the sideboard
2.      10cm  length of cotton insertion lace
3.      30cm length of narrow cotton lace or edging
4.      White cotton thread and a very fine needle with a small eye
5.      Fabric Glue
a.      From the handkerchief or scrap of material cut a strip of fabric measuring 11cm x 5cm.
b.      Then cut 2.5cm piece off each end of the strip so that you finish up with three pieces of material measuring 5cm x 2.5cm;  5cm x 6cm;  5cm x 2.5cm
c.      Cut the insertion lace into two pieces each 5cm wide
d.      Lay them out in this order

a.      Starting with the middle piece of material, draw out a thread close to each end and each side and cut along those lines to make sure that the fabric is cut dead straight. 
b.      Turn a 2mm turning along one end of the centre piece and fold one side of the insertion lace to the back, making the turning very close to the machine hem-stitching.
With right sides together, whip stitch the two together keeping the stitches small and even and close to the edge of the fabric, in fact the stitches should only catch two or three threads of material.

      Once the whip stitching has been completed, carefully cut the excess fabric back to the stitching making sure that you do not cut the actual stitches. Trim back the excess fabric on the insertion lace as well.  Using the point of a pin, smear a tiny bit of  fabric glue along the edges of the stitching to prevent  them fraying.

Lay the sewn runner onto the top of the table top or sideboard and trim it back so that it is exactly the same size.  I had to cut 5mm off each end to make mine fit.  Then turn over a three mm double fold hem around all four sides.  Hem stitch the hem down with tiny stitches which only take up two or three threads of the fabric.

F     Finally, slip stitch the lace trim around the edges.  At this point, the runner can be left plain, have lace sewn on the two ends only or the lace can be sewn around all four sides as in my sample.  I found the tiny edging around the edge of another cotton handkerchief and unpicked just enough to go around my runner.  

     A nd here is the runner on the sideboard and then complete with the Christmas Punch, Christmas cake and Trifle.
Finished runner on the sideboard. The drawers have been removed while I was carrying it from one room to another.
And here is the finished sideboard as I pictured that it should be.  In real-life, you would never put a full bowl of punch on the wooden surface for tiddly guests to ruin so when I did just that in the dollshouse, I knew something was wrong.........