Thankful Table Runner

November 5, 2018By Laura PiferHoliday, Home Decor, Projects 3 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

This will be our first-time hosting Thanksgiving in our new home, so I thought it would be fun to create a table runner to make for the occasion. I wanted to make a conversational piece to get the kids thinking about what they’re thankful for. My boys and I wrote down what they’re grateful for to add to our table runner and using the Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery machine and the built-in designs from my SE1900, I think it turned out unique and fun. Get the details below on how to make your own “Thankful Table Runner” below.


  1. A table runner is just a large rectangle of fabric. I had a strip of burlap fabric that measured 12” x 41”. This is a good size for a small table runner. You can make this as wide or as long as you need. I did hem the edges so add ½” on each edge for hem allowance.

  1. Hoop one end of the burlap with Pacesetter Medium Tear Away stabilizer. This is a good time to use my 5” x 12” hoop. That way I can embroidery more surface area without having to re-hoop and stabilize each time.

  1. For the embroidery pattern, I used the built-in leaf on my SE1900. I also used the lettering. This machine allows me to add designs together. Then I used the rotating and size altering features to adjust the leaves placement. I saved this template to use over again and then just edited the words each time.
Note: For the lettering I used the array feature to make some of the words curved.

  1. Embroidery away!

  1. When re-hooping, make sure to overlap just slightly so you don’t have a wide space between each set.

  1. Once you’ve completed embroidery, press the edges over ¼” and press again ¼” and sew the hem into place.

There you have it! A Thankful Table Runner just in time for the holidays!


  • Nice project Laura!
    What a great idea to add the thankful sentiments inside the leaves! Nice to see the repositionable hoop used for this. It really expands the use of a machine with 5 X 7 hoop capability. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Hi Angelia!

      You may have found the leaf by now but the answer is yes. You will find this leaf pattern built into the Dream Machine. It’s in menu No.1 and it is motif number 091.

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