Pocketed Table Runner

Pocketed Table Runner

Written by: 
Heather Long

Hello! I'm Heather Long of Coffee and Quilts and I'm super excited to share another pattern here at Moda Bake Shop. This table runner is super versatile and works up quickly for seasonal decor or a housewarming gift. It uses one charm pack for the piecing, with enough leftovers for bonus wine glass coasters (pattern also included!)

In addition to cotton batting, the body of the runner features a layer of Insul-Brite batting so that the runner can be used as a long pocketed hot pad - keep your hands AND arms safe from the heat of oven racks. As a tablerunner, the pockets make this perfect for picnics, keeping napkins and silverware in place and easily found.

Notes: all seams are sewn right sides together with a scant 1/4" seam unless otherwise noted.

I include instructions for continuous bias binding (I like the stretch it allows when sewing through the multiple layers of fabric and batting, but straight binding may be used as well.) If you choose to use straight binding, cut your binding strips by the length of the fabric first, then the pockets and coaster backs. Otherwise, cut the pockets and coasters first, then use the remaining fabric for the continuous bias binding.

Do not use polyester batting if you will be using the runner as a hot pad as the fibers can melt. Cotton batting and Insul-Brite keep your hands safe up to 450-degrees Fahrenheit.

The runner finishes at 9" x 36" and coasters at 4.5" x 4.5".

1 Charm Pack,  {Dandi-Annie by Robin Pickens}
3/8 yards backing fabric {48630 15}
1/2 yards binding & pocket fabric {48636 12}

cotton batting: 13.5" x 42" AND (2) 10" squares


3/8 yards insulated batting, such as Insul-Brite


From binding fabric, cut (2) pieces 11" x WOF. From each piece, cut (1) 11" square for pocket and (2) 5" squares for coasters.

Remaining binding fabric will be used to make continuous bias binding. (see instructions below).

Layout charm squares into (2) 2 x 2 pockets, (1) 2 x 8 runner, and (4) 2 x 2 coasters

Make runner

Using the charm squares you've laid out, sew right sides together with a scant 1/4" seam to make 8 rows of 2 charm squares. Sew rows together. Press seams. Layer backing fabric right side down, one layer of Insul-Brite, one layer of cotton batting, and pieced runner right side up.

Baste, then quilt as desired. Trim batting and backing even with top.

Make pockets (2)

Using the charm squares you've laid out, sew right sides together with a scant 1/4" seam to make (2) pockets. Press seams.

On work surface, layer one 10" batting square and one pocket, right side up.  Center pieced pocket with sides of batting and align top edges of batting and pocket.

Place one 11" pocket square right side down, aligning top edge again.

Pin, then sew with a scant 1/4" seam along top edge.

Press the pocket backing up and around the back of the pocket for a neatly finished edge.

Quilt each pocket as desired. Trim batting and backing even with pocket top. Measure width of runner and trim pockets to fit width, if necessary.

Make continuous bias binding

With remaining piece of binding fabric, fold on a 45-degree angle.

Check angle with a long ruler.

Cut on the diagonal. Sew what was the top edge of the fabric to what was the bottom edge (you will be sewing on a straight, not bias, edge). You will end up with a large parallelogram-shaped piece.

Working parallel to the bias edge, draw lines 2 1/4" (or desired binding width) apart.

**Note: I would not go narrower than 2 1/4" due to the thickness of the runner and pockets**

Offset by one strip width and pin the parallelogram into a tube, right sides together, using your pins to connect the lines at the 1/4" seam allowance.

**This part felt awkward the first time I did it, but it quickly became my favorite binding method** Sew with a scant 1/4" seam allowance, then cut on drawn lines.  **Scissors work best for this step**  Voila! Easy continuous bias binding! Press in half wrong sides together and you're ready to go.

Layer runner right side up. Align a pocket at each end. Pin together.  **You may decide to baste the pockets to the runner with a long machine stitch before adding the binding**  Attach binding to front. Sew slowly, especially when sewing through all the layers of the pocket and runner. Fold binding from front to back and attach by hand or machine.

Make Coasters

Lay out one 5" square from binding/pocket fabric right side up.

Take four charm squares, fold and crease each one in half wrong sides together. Overlap the folded squares on top of the pocket fabric square. The folded edges are towards the enter and raw edges aligned on the outside.

Pin, then stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance on each side. Trim corners on the diagonal to reduce bulk and turn right side out.


This tablerunner finishes at 9" x 36" and coasters at 4.5" x 4.5"

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do! If you make a Pocketed Runner, please share with me on instagram by tagging me @coffee_and_quilts and using the hashtag #PocketedRunner. These gorgeous Dandi-Annie fabrics by Robin Pickens won't be in stores until October, but if you want the chance to win the charm pack and yardage needed for this project, follow me on instagram and enter my giveaway.

Heather Long

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