Experiment with your fabrics. Lay your border fabrics next to your quilt top and play around with the arrangement, flipping them back and forth and trying different widths until you find a combination that suits you.
If you use a border print, be sure to allow a 1/4" seam allowance on each side of the stripe when you cut it out.
I don't want to miter my border stripe and I don't want the edges to butt against each other where they meet at corners, so I sewed squares in each corner. If you would like to do the same, cut squares with sides that are equal to the cut width of your inner border.
- Use my quilt border instructions to determine the correct length required for the table runner's long and short borders. Cut two borders of each length
- If a border print isn't quite long enough to extend the entire length of the table runner's longest edge, piece strips together. Cut two segments of a border stripe in exactly the same way (stripes should be somewhat longer than the length needed, divided by two).
- Align stripes right sides together, adjusting positions until their motifs match exactly. Use straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting and sew the two together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Trim each border to the required length and sew to the quilt using the linked border directions above. Press seam allowances towards the borders.
- Cut four corner squares with sides that match the height of a border strip. Sew a square to each end of the two remaining short border stripes. Press seam allowances towards the squares.
- Sew the short borders to the ends of the table runner. Add more borders if desired. Sandwich with batting and backing, mark for quilting if necessary. Quilt and bind.
For more about corner squares, refer to borders with corner squares.