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Set the mood for a hearty Valentine's Day dinner with this lovely table runner.
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Staying in this Valentine’s Day? Do your part to make it romantic with an inexpensive, easy-to-make table runner. Then let Cupid do the rest. Simple tie-dyeing and stitchwork are all it takes to make your own table runner.
Using a jigsaw, cut out two hearts out of 1/4-inch plywood. Be sure both hearts are the exact same size. (Ours were 2 inches tall.)
Fold a shop towel evenly in an accordion fold that is slightly bigger than the hearts.
In the center of the folded towel, use a hand clamp to secure a wooden heart to both sides ensuring they are perfectly aligned. The area of cloth between the hearts will resist the bleach and remain red.
Wrap a rubber band approximately 2-1/2 inches in from each end of the towel.
Wet the cloth and wring out any excess water.
Fill a bucket 2/3 full of bleach -- deep enough to allow the clamped towel to be submerged. Agitate the cloth in the bleach with a paint stir stick or wooden spoon until the towel bleaches to the desired color.
Remove the towel from the bucket with tongs and rinse under cold water. Then remove the clamp and rubber bands and continue to rinse until the bleach is gone. Reshape the towel and dry flat. Repeat with other towels.
With a sewing machine or by hand -- using a running stitch -- stitch the cloths together end to end using a 1/4-inch seam.
Cut four 2-inch-wide strips of cloth using the finished edge as the hem. Sew two of the strips together end to end. Make a running stitch 1/2-inch from the raw edge all the way down the length. Pull one of the threads to ruffle the strip and shorten it to the length of the cloth you will be attaching it to. Pin the ruffled strip to one end of the runner on the top side, then secure it with a running straight stitch. Repeat this on the other end of the runner.