Naptime Gnome Idea #6
Don’t throw away the trimmed ends of pull shades! Re-purpose!
Two dilemmas needed fixing:
- We needed a kid-proof runner to cover the seam in our packing paper “table cloth”
- There were some several-year-old trimmed ends of window shades that needed to vacate the craft space
A wipe-clean table runner made from castoff window pull-shade scraps
NOTE: You could do the same thing with any spare scraps of vinyl or paper.
- Vinyl pull-shade trimmed end
-Any kind of narrow scrap vinyl or paper will work.
-This same technique on butcher paper would make a pretty lacy table covering for a girls’ tea party, don’t forget to set the table with a Crayon Bouquet (see tutorial)!
- Paper punch or decorative shears
Measuring your runner
1. Determine your desired length and width for your runner and cut with scissors to fit. This scrap vinyl was 13″ wide, which was perfect, then I just rolled it out over the table and cut off enough that it hung over about a foot on either side.
|The punch I chose had guides to line up the pattern after each new punch, this ensures a consistent pattern and even edge.|
3. Repeat on the other side. Be sure to keep whichever side you would like to be the top facing up. Some punches emboss the edges slightly, flipping the vinyl over will result in the two edges looking mismatched.
4. If you are going to punch the ends too, you will need to trim the pattern so your design will flow on the corners. I opted to leave my ends straight.
5. If you are not punching the ends, you may need to trim them so you have a complete pattern (you don’t want half of a scallop or just a bit of a flower at the end.
6. Inspect your design for any obvious flaws or hanging tags. Carefully trim with sharp scissors.
- No paper punch on hand? Here are some other edge ideas, noticed some worked better than others, so do a practice run with a bit of scrap first.
- Not crazy about table runners? Consider making a set of place mats instead!
- If you have a house full of windows worth of shade trimmings, consider making runners or place mats for holiday presents, or make a few and keep on hand for housewarming, hostess, or random “I-Love-You” presents.