Khepri Designs: Thanksgiving Mantel Runner

20121110-145449.jpgHalloween is gone, and it’s time for Thanksgiving! Unless, of course, you are a store. In which case, it is now Christmastime, and Thanksgiving is ignored. I had a difficult time finding Thanksgiving items for some of my projects for the weekend, since everyone has already switched to Christmas. (The positive is that Thanksgiving is now on the clearance rack, so everything was on sale!). What happened to bringing Christmas out on Black Friday? But I digress.
Now that it is the weekend, I am finding some time to get some new projects finished. So the first one for the day was to create this burlap mantel runner (I haven’t finished the rest of the items for the mantel–I know it looks very bare right now!). My goal for the mantel is for it to be rustic, featuring scarecrows and harvest items. What better material for this than burlap?!?

20121110-150639.jpgI first washed and dried my burlap (burlap is stinky when you buy it!), then ironed it flat. I added a strip of ribbon on each end, using a decorative stitch on my machine (I wanted to use a wider stitch to ensure the runner doesn’t fray past the ribbon). I trimmed the ends, then pulled the long threads to fray up to the ribbon. (The bottom edge is the edge of the fabric, which already has a stitch line to prevent further fraying.)

20121110-151039.jpgMy next step was to stamp a pattern onto the burlap. I created a checkerboard pattern using Inkadinkado’s script background stamp alternating with leaves from the Cloud9 Design collection. I used the Tim Holtz Distress ink pad in black soot (the red in the above picture is our craft tablecloth to protect the table from bleeding ink). I then folded up a couple pleats on either end, securing with a small hand stitch, to give a draped effect along the bottom. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, and now I am excited to make the rest of the mantel decorations!