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Sweet Revival Sewing Challenge

I’ve just been introduced to Ink and Arrow Fabrics in the last few months. I found the first fun print from them at my LQS, Quilting Adventures. A fat quarter of the Christmas Doors print from the Naughty or Nice collection had to come home with me. I made (OK, almost finished) a radiator cover out of it, that you can see on my Instagram feed here and here.

Then the ladies from Wives of Whitewood asked me to be a part of the Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge blog hop.The Sweet Rebellion fabric line is designed by Felicia Gallo for Ink and Arrow Fabrics.

Bee bold with these soft & pretty flowers mingling with sugar skulls and chains…In pinks, greys and black, it’s just a tad rebellious… a Sweet Rebellion by ©Felicia Gallo.


I picked the Packed Lilly of the Valley and gray Sugar Skulls (in trade for tutorial) to make an embroidered table runner. I love the fun prints on the gray, it feels playful and grown up to me.

The embroidery pattern has been adapted from a Modern June Art  drawing that I created back March 2016. I have also painted this rendering a couple of times, can you tell that I like these flowers? A lot.

Embroidered  Table Runner Pattern

Finished size: 13″ x 42″


1/2 yard of Packed Lily of the Valley and of Sugar Skulls
1/2 yard of low loft quilt batting
6 skeins DMC 353 – pink
6 skeins DMC 352 – coral
7 skeins DMC 351 – orange
2 skeins DMC 744 – yellow
2 skeins DMC 3851 – dark green
2 skeins DMC 912 – light green
9” embroidery hoop
crewel needles no.4
cutter and cutting mat (optional)
chalk or tailor’s wax
Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen
Saral Tracing Paper (White)
stylus or ink pen




1.  Cut the fabric that you plan to embroider down to 14” x the WOF.

2.  Fold the 14’’ x 44” fabric in half lengthwise and then half again, width-wise. Now measure 5” down from the salvage and make a chalk mark along the raw edge of the fabric.

3.  Lay your ruler diagonally onto your quartered fabric, with one edge of the ruler on the 5” mark and the other along the salvage edge of your folded fabric. Use scissors, or your rotary cutting trio to cut a diagonal line. This creates a lovely point for your table runner.

cutting-table-runnerSTITCHING IT UP

NOTE: I prefer to use all 6 strands of floss while embroidering, this is double/triple the usual strands recommended. I like the full volume that using more gives my final pieces. Links to how to do each embroidery stitch is at the bottom of this post.

1.  Download and print modern-june-table-runner-embroidery-pattern. Place the center line of the pattern 7 inches from the edge of the table runner fabric and 11” up from the point. The edge of the paper pattern should be about 2” from the sides of the fabric.

2.  Trace pattern onto fabric with a sheet of Saral tracing paper, making sure that the chalk side is face down on the right side of the fabric. (FYI: I found the Saral tracing paper at my local art store) Pin in a few places to make sure that your pattern doesn’t slip during the tracing. Use a stylus, or a ball point pen to trace. Move straight pins around in order to get the entire pattern traced. Before unpinning the pattern, lift tracing paper to make sure that you have transferred and can see all of the pattern on the fabric.

TIP: If your transfer paper pattern begins to fade from use, use a Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen to outline your stitch lines.

3.  Start with the large flowers, baste a circle in the middle of all three with one strand of floss. Start long and short satin stitches (S/L) with all 6 strands of the lightest shade of coral (DMC 353). Work the L/S stitches around the basted circle, making jagged stitches that create a starburst effect. I found it helpful to circle around a second time to make the light pink stitches denser. I didn’t like seeing the gray fabric peeking out in between stitches. The flower on the right (photo below) has been stitched twice and the flower at the top only once.
4.  Continue the long and short stitches (L/S) with the medium shade of coral (DMC 352), circling twice if need be. Once that is complete move on the darkest shade (DMC 351), leaving a small and jagged dip at the top, center of each flower petal. NOTE: you will want to curve your L/S stitches around the top of the largest flower to create a more natural flower. Fill in a few stitches of the lightest shade of DMC 353 to act as a highlight/ruffle to the flowers.
Long and Short Stitch starburst .jpg

5.  Fill in the 3 flowers with a cluster of French knots using all 6 strands of yellow floss (DMC 744) and wrapping the thread around the needle 4 times. Feel free to overlap your knots to add dimension.

6.  Split stitch the stems of the two clusters on the right side of the pattern with 6 strands of the light green floss (DMC 912).

7. Use the outline method of a satin stitch to create the single flower on right. I used the medium pink floss (DMC 352).


8.  Outline the 3 leaves using a stem stitch using 6 stands of the DMC 3851 (dark green). How stinking cute is that bee? LOVE!


9.  Fill in the leaves with DMC 912 (light green) using a satin stitch.

10. Use a split stitch to trace the stems on the left of the pattern. Complete each branch with a lazy daisy loop. Do these clusters with the yellow floss (DMC 744).

split and satin stitch.jpg


1. During the embroidery process, your fabric might be drawn in and puckered. To combat this make sure your fabric is taught and your hoop is tight. If your fabric is compromised, use your ruler to straighten out and square up your table runner top. Once this is evened up lay the embroidered table runner on to a 1/2 yard cut of low loft quilting batting and pin into place. Trim off excess batting.


2. Lay your runner and batting piece face down onto the reverse fabric, so right sides of the fabric are facing each other. Cut away excess fabric. Sew around the perimeter of the runner using a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to leave a 10″ opening so you can easily turn the runner right side out.

3. Trim corners to reduce bulk and turn right sides out. Use a point turner to create a nice point at each of the corners. Roll the seams with your fingers to get the edge of the seam in the right place, you don’t want to see the coordinating fabric peeking out from the other side.


4. Press seams flat and remove any wrinkles with a hot iron. Lay the embroidered side of the table runner face down on a terry cloth towel to avoid crushing your stitches. This is a lesson I learned the hard way on this project, my poor french knots are as thin as a crepe. Slip stitch the runner closed.


5. Use tailor’s chalk and a clear ruler to mark out a stitch line that is 1″ in from the edges of your sewn runner. (see above) Use pins to keep the layers from shifting and sew a running stitch to finish off your runner. Do a final press and put your handiwork to good use on the dining room table.


Stitch How-To Links:

Basic Stitch Guide DMC-USA.com

My favorite – Sublime Stitching

My other favorite – Posie Gets Cozy

Boarder Satin Stitch – Melly and Me

Long and Short Stitch or Thread Painting – Needlework

Fun links:

#sweetrebellionfabric Blog Hop

Fabric giveaway ends Friday, Jan. 13.


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    • Aw, thanks so much!! I’m glad that you like the embroidery. It would make a great hoop art project too. Let me know if you use the pattern, I’d love to see it.



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