Scrappy Table Runner

scrappy table runner Christmas

Hi, I’m Kristin Esser from Simple. Handmade. Everyday. and I’m thrilled to share with you one of my favorite small projects–a Christmas table runner.  In addition to my blog, I also share my creative adventures over on Instagram. I’d love to connect with you there!

I personally think that you can’t have too many table runners–they are such an easy and fun way to switch up kitchen decor for the seasons, holidays, or just everyday. This project has so many possible variations–it can be done scrappy, or with a single print fabric in the triangles, or even switch it up and use a background fabric as the triangles and the print fabric for the zig-zags. There are so many possibilities! If you use a fun print for the backing, then it’s even reversible! And even better–it be completed beginning to end in a weekend.

This project finishes at 12″ x 42″.


1 Jelly Roll® {Hometown Christmas by Sweeetwater}
1/2 yard background fabric {Hometown Christmas Vanilla 5663 21}
1/2  yard backing fabric {Hometown Christmas Multi 5660 11}
1/2 yard binding fabric {or use leftover Jelly Roll strips}

Cotton quilt batting, such as Warm and White or Warm and Natural

Triangle in a square Bloc Loc ruler, 6″



  1. Select 16 jelly roll strips and trim them to 22″ x 1 3/4″
  2. Select 4 additional jelly roll strips and trim to 22″ x 2″
  3. Cut 2 strips of background fabric to 6 7/8″ x WOF


Sew together one 2″ strip and four 1 3/4″ strips into a strip sets, with the 2″ strip on top . Create a total 4 strip sets like this.

strip set

I find the easiest and most accurate way to make the triangle in a square block is with the Bloc Loc ruler set. This is an unfinished 6.5″ square.

triangle in a square ruler

Using the triangle template, cut out 14 triangles. Here is a video that shows how to use the Bloc Loc ruler set.

Bloc Loc ruler set


bloc loc triangle in a square ruler

Using the second template, cut the background fabric. You should have 14 sets of 2.

triangle in a square quilt block

Lay out the triangle and background pieces as shown.

triangle in a square quilt block

Position the background fabric on the left side of the triangle as shown and stitch. Press open.

triangle in a square quilt block

Position the remaining background fabric on the right side of the triangle as shown and stitch. Press open.

triangle in a square quilt blocktriangle in a square quilt block

Repeat for remaining 13 blocks.

Using the Bloc Loc ruler, trim to perfection! The assembly part of this project goes so much smoother when the blocks are are perfectly uniform.

bloc loc triangle in a square ruler

Block before trimming

bloc loc triangle in a square ruler

Block after trimming


Layout blocks as shown and sew them together. Instead of sewing them in rows, I do them as 4-patches and then sew the 4-patches together. I find that I get more accurate nesting seams than when I stitch full rows together.

bloc loc triangle in a square

Baste and quilt as desired. I simply did straight line quilting with a walking foot in the background areas only, using Aurifil 2311.

walking foot quilting

Bind. I trimmed six leftover Jelly Roll strips to 2 1/4″ and sewed them end to end to create the binding.


This project finishes at 12″ x 42″.

You many consider whipping up a few of these table runners as gifts–you can make 3-4 out of a single Jelly Roll. Enjoy!

Kristin Esser
{Simple. Handmade. Everyday.}




13 comments on “Scrappy Table Runner

  1. Guida says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern.

  2. frances says:

    This is darling!

  3. Donna Robinson says:

    love it! Appears to be fast and easy…

  4. Lesley Gilbert says:

    Very nice – I can see this using xmas fabrics 🙂

    • Lesley Gilbert says:

      Sorry – just realised you wrote it was for Christmas, I just didn’t see Christmas fabrics, just read the tutorial, but love the runner anyway 🙂

      • Kristin says:

        It is actually perfect for Christmas or any time of year! Perfect for those leftover jelly roll pieces that we all seem to have 🙂

  5. Rosemaryflower says:

    Kristin, this is a sweet pattern and so easy.
    I will make a few of these soon

  6. cruisefan says:

    This is so cute!
    Thank you for this tutorial.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Very cute. Do you have directions for making it if one does not have the block Loc rulers?

  8. Very Georgeous! Great, simple tutorial that can be used in a huge variety of fabrics and themes. This is a gotta do it one. I didn’t realize that Bloc Loc had a triangle set. Cool! Thanks for sharing!

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