Ruffled Table Runner from Plastic Tablecloths Tutorial

This Ruffled Table Runner will become the hit of the party… seriously!

ruffled tablerunner from plastic tablecloths #partyideas #partydecor

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope that you had a fantastic weekend and are ready for the week that lies ahead!  I think I am… maybe?! 

 Today I am so excited to show you guys how to make the ruffled table runner from our Beach Ball Summer Party!

ruffled tablerunner from plastic tablecloths #partyideas #partydecor

This was such a fun party decoration to make and it was quick and dirt  cheap!  It cost me $2 and about 20 minutes to make… can’t beat that! I got my tablecloths from Wal-Mart, but you can use any two plastic tablecloths!

Here is how you can make your own ruffled tablerunner from plastic tablecloths…

Supplies for Plastic Ruffled Tablerunner:

1 plastic tablecloth for the ruffle

1 plastic tablecloth for the runner

sewing machine and thread

painters tape


To begin making the ruffled table runner you want to open the tablecloth lengthwise. 

This is the perfect width for a table runner!  Now to measure…. I was making a runner for a six foot table so I found the middle of the runner and put a piece of the painter’s tape.  Then, I measured 36 inches in each direction from the middle point and put another piece of painter’s tape. 

Now to cut the ruffle for the ruffled table runner. 

I got really lucky with this fun striped tablecloth.  When you opened it all the way  out, the stripe only went about 13 inches and then it changed to dots.  I simply cut where the stripes started.  If you have a different tablecloth… just cut 13 inches off of the side.  Once you have this piece cut, you want to cut that in half lengthwise.  You should then have two 13 inch wide strips. 

Sewing the ruffle for the table runner is super easy! 

You simply use the longest stitch on your machine and sew a line about three inches in all the way down. Make sure not to back stitch at the beginning or the end.  Repeat for the other piece. 

Time to ruffle the ruffle!  :)

Simply take one of the threads and gently pull it to gather the runner.  You may want to do half from one side and half from the other.  You want it to end up the same width as the runner.

Let’s attach the ruffle to the table runner!

Find the piece of painter’s tape at the end of the runner and line the ruffle up about an inch below.  You will then glue the ruffle just right on top along the stitch line.  I used Fabri-tac glue to do this.  It has a similar consistency as hot glue, but it isn’t hot.  Perfect for this type of project!  If you have any table runner hanging below the ruffle, just trim.  Repeat for the other side. 

That’s all folks!  Quick and easy!

ruffled tablerunner from plastic tablecloths #partyideas #partydecor

Come back Thursday for more party fun!


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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
Hey y'all! I am Trish and one half of the creative team at Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. What an awesome idea!!! Great way to jazz up a plain plastic table cloth!

  2. I am SO doing this for my daughter’s birthday coming up! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. What a great idea!! I love it!!

  4. How perfectly ADORABLE!! What a great way to add personality and fun to something so inexpensive — fantastic!

  5. You had me at $2 & 20 minutes!!!

  6. What a great idea. I came here from Sunday Blog Hop. I am a new follower.

  7. That is so cute! Great idea and so creative. I’m definitely going to remember this one.

  8. So quick and awesome project!

  9. SUPER CUTE!!!

  10. Oh my that is really cute! I love an easy project and your tutorial on this was great! Thanks for sharing and I saw you at The Winthrop Chronicles.

  11. How fun! Great way to dress up a table!

  12. Totally easy yet extremely cute!! I wish I would have done this for our bday party this weekend but will definitely try it in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  13. That’s so cute! I’m definitely trying this at one of our summer birthdays. Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great idea! I pinned this to my Happy Birthday board. I would love to have you come link up to the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party begins every Monday and stays open all week.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  15. darling blog! love the header. found you via the bloghop xo

  16. This is adorable! I love table runner’s on picnic tables too! Something about it just makes me thing picnic and nap in the grass! Maybe I just have napping on my mind, lol!

  17. Trish!!! This is a fabulous idea!! I must try to do this for my daughter’s birthday party!!

    Thank so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  18. Such a great idea!! It looks amazing but not difficult! My favorite kind of project! :)

  19. This is super cute! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Corner Blog Hop. Now following on GFC.


  20. Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday. I shared on my FB page and someone said you had me until you had to sew. Do you have to sew it to achieve the ruffle affect? I said yes.

  21. Oh my! These are fabulous! You take great pictures of your work, too! Very fun!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link up this awesome idea in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. The Showcase runs Saturday through Thursday. Then our Designers will pick their top linked up picks and feature them on Friday! Stop over and join in the fun! We have a linky for crafty bloggers and ETSY/Business Bloggers, too!

    Have a super weekend,


  22. Oh my cuteness!!! What a fun way to dress up the table! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.

  23. Wholly Moely! Plastic Table Cloths never looked so good! Very creative!

  24. We love that you shared this, too!

    Love your creative energy over here!

    Hope to see you tomorrow at Saturday Showcase

    Susie at Bowdabra

  25. Wow – you two are truly creative! Never thought you can do that with a plastic tablecloth.

  26. BioandChic says:

    Very good idea the ruffle adds a lot to the overall look!


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