Friday, April 8, 2011

Da Doo Run Runner

Hello, Dear Ones! First, I want to thank you all who came to my The Heart of the Home - Favorite Cupboard Party. I hope you had as much fun peeping into each others cupboards as I did! If you didn't get to view all the wonderful cupboards just click on The Heart of the Home link above and it will take you there. You all made me feel so special with your sweet comments on my pantry. We will do this again next if you'd like.

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Okay, I wanted to show you a table runner I made. I was going through my fabric stash and found a sweet toile fabric and wanted to mess with it. So I did...made a table runner.

I must tell you when I decided to make a table runner that old song from the 1960s kept running through my tiny head 'Da Doo Run Run'. Did you ever wonder what that meant? Well, I did. But I'll just keep my tiny opinion to myself, if you know what I mean! Now I'm getting off the subject.:)


Here's the fabric I used ~ a creamy background with a light goldy brown for the pattern. Oh, the red and white toile is my ironing board cover!

Now Da Doo Run Runners are so individual, you can make them any size you want. So, I measured and cut to fit my dining room table. This was a thin cotton fabric so I decided to line it to give my Da Doo Run Runner a little more oomph! Here you can see I've laid the toile over the liner fabric and pinned to cut. No tiny dainty creamy fingers were hurt in this process. Don't you love my little pin cushion? These little Chinese guys are saying, " Hang on! It's gonna be a bumpy ride!" How do I know they said this? Well, Dear Ones, I heard them! :)


I wanted to have two rows of ruffles on each end of my Da Doo Run Runner so I cut four strips (two strips are wider than the other two) I wanted the wider ruffles to be on the ends. I'm so talented like that, you know! ;) I just doubled the width of the runner for my ruffle strips. Now I don't particularly like raw edges and little strings hanging off my ruffles so I cut my strips using Pinking Shears. No raveling! :) Did I tell you how talented I am? :)


I ironed my ruffle strips and then used a basting stitch on my sewing machine to sew a straight line right down the center of the strips. I took my dainty fingers and pulled very gently one thread and before my most gorgeous peepers a ruffle began to appear. I adjusted my ruffles to fit the ends of my Da Doo Run Runner, pinned them in place and sewed again down the center of each strip. Make sense?

Next I took my toile fabric and lining fabric and pinned them right sides together and sewed it up on three sides like a pillow case, leaving one end open. I then turned my Da Doo Run Runner right side out and pressed it so gently as to not burn my most tiny dainty fingers! :) Whew~ Made it.

Then I ironed the raw ended side under a bit and top stitched it closed. I also top stitched the other end. See the double rows of ruffles?

Ta Dah! Here is my finished Da Doo Run Runner on my dining room table looking so pretty and frilly. Oops, you don't see that crooked edge, do you? No, no, Nannette, you do not! :) As you can see, I poked down Springness and bunnies. Again, I'm so talented like that. I do hope you know I'm kidding! :) Just sayin'...

There you have my Springy Da Doo Run Runner sitting on my table.


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ guess what it's going to be? :)

Da Doo Ron Ron (I say Da Doo Run Run)

I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
Somebody told me that his name was Bill
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Yes, my heart stood still
Yes, his name was Bill
And when he walked me home
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Knew what he was doin' when he caught my eye
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
He looked so quiet, but my oh my
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Yes, he caught my eye
Yes, my oh my
And when he walked me home
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Picked me up at seven and he looked so fine
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
Someday soon, I'm gonna make him mine
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Yes, he looked so fine
Yes, I'll make him mine
And when he walked me home
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron

Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron
~ sung by the Crystals