Tropicana Braid Table Runner

Welcome to my stop on the "Show us Stripes!" blog hop. The challenge was to add stripes to our project. We could interpret this idea however we liked and some suggestions included using stripe fabric, stripe binding or strips of fabric to make stripes.

Over Christmas, I made a bunch of these Braid Table Runners and gifted them all to family & friends. Some were made with novelty Christmas fabrics and some were made with everyday fabrics.


I thought it was about time I made a braid runner for my long dining table. The table is 3m long and it's one of the first things we ordered/bought when we built this house. I wanted a woody rustic, farmhouse style table with white chairs (too much time on Pinterest, perhaps?). It fits the space perfectly and is great for when we have the whole family over for meals.

I have half a jelly roll left over from a previous project and really loved the colours, so figured it was perfect for my table as I'd get to see it all the time. Aqua, turquoise, mint and purple - YUM!

I put the runner together following my tutorial (which can be found here). Once you have the start and end of the runner cut up (which is really a big square cut into a HST and then 2 QST's) you can make the actual runner as long, or as short or even as wide as you like, to suit the space. 

I made mine so it's only a couple of inches from the edge of the table. I was going to make it longer so that I had a bit of a cool over-hang, but then thought better of it as I have a cat who would probably see it as a fun challenge.

To quilt, I stitched in all of the ditches and then thought I needed a little bit of extra hand stitching, so creased some lines with my hera marker and did some big stitch hand quilting with perle 8 cotton in a light silver colour thread.

I finished it off with a stripe binding which is a favourite of mine and which fits into the "Show us Stripes!" guidelines for the blog hop :)

If you'd like to make your own Braid Table Runner, the free pattern is available here on my blog. It's not a downloadable pattern (which I've had lots of requests for and perhaps one day I'll get around to it), but it's very easy to follow. Once you make a start, it's just repetition until you have the length you need. 

Thanks to Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting another great blog hop. It's always fun to think up ideas on the theme's that Carla comes up with. Be sure to visit these other bloggers to see what stripey projects they've created.

Monday, February 22nd

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Tuesday, February 23rd

Life in the Scrapatch

Stitchin At Home


Homespun Hannah's Blog

Karrin's Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

That’s Sew Kerry

Samelia's Mum

Annie's musings

Wednesday, February 24th

MooseStash Quilting

selina quilts

Quilting Gail

Karen's Korner

Kathleen McMusing

Food For Thought

The Joyful Quilter


Thursday, February 25th

Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 

Patchwork Breeze

Kathy Kwilts and More

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Inflorescence: Starting to Bloom by Choosing Joy


Stitch and Quilt

Creatin' in the Sticks


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Wednesday Wait Loss

Table Scraps


  1. Its a lovely refreshing looking table runner. I just love the look of these colors together. I have made a similar type braid table runner and it is one of my favorites to use. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

  2. Your runner is so pretty in those colors! It looks wonderful on that grand table. I chuckled when I read that your cat might find an extended runner a fun challenge. What a visual that brings to mind. Ha! I love a striped binding. Your elephant planter fits perfectly with your new runner.

  3. These colors definitely are yummy together and they are perfect for your braided runner! I've long admired the braided effect and will keep this pattern in mind for when I find the perfect fabrics. Thank you!

  4. It looks fabulous! I have always liked these braided table runners, so thanks for the pattern and tutorial to make my own.

  5. The stripey binding is perfect for your pretty runner.

  6. I really like the runner. The colors are wonderful.

  7. Your Braid Table Runner is stunning! I love the colors you chose.

  8. I love your table runner, the colours are beautiful together!

  9. Beautiful table runner. I love the hand quilting detail. Thank you for showing how you made this and for sharing in the blog hop ... :) Pat

  10. Wow! Love the colours and the design. Well done!

  11. Very versatile pattern...can be made to fit any table. Your runner looks spectacular on your table,!

  12. Lovely runner--the colors are perfect! Thanks for sharing your pattern too!

  13. Thank you for the tutorial! A braided runner is on my to do list! Love your colors.

  14. Thanks for the tutorial for this great looking table runner. I love that you can adjust the length so easily. I must admit I laughed out loud thinking of your cat and the overhang.

  15. Oh my goodness, I'm not sure if I'm more in love with your runner or your table. LOL!!
    What a perfect combination. What a bonus to have enough leftover from a previous project. That's the way to go...cause it's good til the last drop! I love starting my day with fabulous eye candy!

  16. That is a really pretty table runner, and such a generous size. Wonderful job you did on it.

  17. Absolutely love you fabric and colour choices!! A gorgeous and striking use of stripes.

  18. Love your table runner, the colors, everything about it! Great use of stripes!

  19. That's so pretty! It really is perfect for your long table. I love the colors and design!

  20. Your table runner is a stunning group of colors and it! It makes the table so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing, Anorina!

  21. Using that lovely fabric to make "stripes" into a gorgeous table runner is fantastic. Love it.

  22. Those braid table runners are so addictive and always look great on tables of any size or use. And, how can you go wrong with a striped binding! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Lovely runner. And a perfect match with your beautiful elephant vase.

  24. Love the color of this and adore the elephant vase.

  25. That is just a beautiful runner! Thanks for the link to the pattern, too.

  26. Your table runner is great and so stripey to boot!! Thanks for the tut, too. I love that you can make it as long or as short as you want.

  27. My favorite color! I think the table runner is wonderful.

  28. Love everything about your runner! Thanks for sharing with us.

  29. WOW, I love it. It's perfect for your table. Love your pictures too. Great post and thank you for hopping in the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop. Your stripes are gorgeous.

  30. What a stunning runner!! The stripes are perfect but the colors!!! Oh those colors are so serene. I love your blog and just noticed that pink log cabin. I missed that blog post so I"m going to browse a bit this weekend. You have inspired me!

  31. Love your runner! I am trying to come up with an idea for one I can use on my table.

  32. Beautiful runner, and it looks wonderful on your table! Thank you for sharing.

  33. That is a long table! And the perfect runner for it;) Fabulous colors too.

  34. Another beautiful example of what can be made using your tutorial, Anorina! I keep meaning to give it a try. It may actually happen as part of the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge that I'm hosting on my blog this year! (Link Party the last weekend of each month.)

  35. This looks so lovely on your farm-type table!

  36. Beautiful project--and the little elephant is the perfect touch!!

  37. Your table runner is so beautiful! The colors remind me of the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. And the hand stitching you added is just perfection.

  38. Such a pretty table runner. Love the colors.

  39. What a beautiful table runner! I love these colors!

  40. Very pretty. I like the fabrics you used.

  41. Lovely table runner! It's perfect for your dream table. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


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