Sashiko Table Runner

What fall table is complete without a sashiko-stitched table runner? Until last week, mine! After realizing I had not a single tablecloth or runner, I decided to DIY my own version in preparation for a dinner party.

This project is perfect for beginners. Advanced sewers or embroiderers should just skip right over this page and go straight to these bad boys.

The majority of time went into preparing the fabric and deciding on a pattern. Make sure not to cut corners on this. Trimming, washing, and drying the fabric will make the project much easier. If you do this afterwards, your fabric may shrink and pucker.

Total cost of supplies for me was â?¬23. I used a meter of fabric, cut in half, and the finished project is about 1.5′ in width and 5′ in length. To make this a tablecloth, use more fabric!

Raw-Edge Sashiko Embroidered Tablecloth


  • 1/2 yard (or meter) of 60″ wide cotton duck cloth or other heavy duty cotton fabric
  • 6 yards thread in varying colors
  • 1 quilting needle (at least 2″ in length)
  • fabric marker or tailor’s chalk (optional)
  • ruler (optional)


  1. Prepare the fabric. Start by trimming the fabric into straight edges, then wash and dry the fabric. Trim the long edges of thread off the edges of the sides, and finish by ironing the fabric.
  2. Create pattern. I chose five straight lines of running stitches in different colors. You can choose whatever pattern you like. If you need inspiration for your pattern, visit my Pinterest board. I wanted a looser and more organic feel to my project, so I did not mark the pattern on my fabric. If you would like a more precise pattern, mark the pattern on the fabric with a ruler and a fabric pencil or tailor’s chalk.
  3. Embroider. Thread the needle with your first color thread. Tie a quilter’s knot at one end. Start the thread from the back of the fabric and begin to create a running stitch in a straight line by weaving the needle in and out of the fabric in .25″ increments. Continue this pattern down the length of your fabric. At the end of the stitch line, check to make sure the fabric is smooth and unpuckered, and then tie off the end of the thread in another quilter’s knot. Trim the thread end as needed. Repeat the process with your remaining colors until your pattern is complete.

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