My interest lay in the possession of a couple of St. Patrick's Day fabrics and the desire to make something from them to sell at the Shoppe. The two fabrics I had, however, were opposite the instructions for the Ten Minute Table Runner, i.e., I had more of the theme or focus fabric and less of the coordinating print. In addition, the theme print was directional. So after looking at my available fabrics, pondering and sketching, I decided to use the table runner method to make banners instead that featured the back. Here's what I did:
I made sure they were evenly extending from the banner...
Then topstitched close to the edge.
On the reverse at the opening to the pointed end, I slip stitched by hand because I didn't want a line of machine stitching across the postcards (on the second banner I used Stitch Witchery to secure the opening).
On the St. Patrick's Day second banner, I altered the tab shape. Both banners got a Celtic style button and a black tassel. I did some minor topstitching around the postcards on one, and only edge stitching on the other. Adding those details certainly made it take longer than ten minutes, but all in all they were very quick projects. Except that the idea rolled on to my trying the banner idea with just two fat quarters:
These had both been in the stash for a couple of years.
Because of the shrinkage of the fat quarters when washed, this banner is a little bit narrower than the St. Patrick's Day ones.
I found some inexpensive premade miniature crocheted flowers at Michael's when I was searching for tassels last night. A cross-stitch like machine stitched detail was added with cream thread. But I still wanted to try the Ten Minute Table Runner idea. I found a beautiful floral print in the remnant bin at my local fabric store when I purchased the tassels. I paid $3.00 for the approximately 22" wide yardage and made two table runners from it, pulling the coordinating prints from stash:
The colors are not exactly true here--the green is not that bright! It is a Dimples fabric. I only had two fat quarters so sewed them together to give me the proper length for the table runner. In this case I machine topstitched across the opening where the point is formed.
Again, not true in color--a bit washed out here.
On this table runner I added some detail with a machine buttonhole stitch. I'm quite satisfied with this hijacking adventure and look forward to some Shoppe sales from my experiments!