EQ Downton Abbey Table Runner Tutorial

I was recently featured on Electric Quilt’s Blog as one of their featured artists for December. As a free EQ download, my table runner project uses Andover’s Downton Abbey collection – perfect for dressing up your table for the upcoming season! I’ve promised a tutorial to help the sewing process along, so thread up your machine and let’s get started! Need a fabric kit just like mine? Click HERE!

EQDowntonAbbeyRunnerHere’s a picture of the finished table runner. It’s a generous 81″ x 21″, enough for a nice sized dining table. Of course, you can easily adjust the length to suit your setting by adding or eliminating the number of 15″ blocks.

First, assemble and cut your fabrics. I’ve chosen among the Downstairs, Lord & Lady, and Logos and Labels fabrics of the Downton Abbey Collection.

Here’s the block. I have five of them sewn together to make my runner. EQDowntonRunnerBlockFor EACH BLOCK, you’ll need:

two 4-5/8″ squares cut once on the diagonal to create four corner triangles. Mine are blue.


one 8- 3/4″ square cut twice on the diagonal to create four side triangles. I chose red.


one 5- 3/4″ square each of two red/white shirting fabrics and two blue/white shirting fabrics (four squares total for each block)

one 5 -3/4″  fussy cut center square of the Downton Abbey logo.

DAFussyNow, it’s time to sew the blocks!

First lay out the cut pieces in block formation.

EQDowntonRunnerBlockFollowing the break out below, you’ll be sewing diagonal rows to construct the 15″ finished block. So that’s 15 -1/2″ unfinished. Trim any dog ears and square up your block to measure 15 -1/2″

DADiagAfter sewing and pressing each block, sew the blocks together side by side to make your runner top. Now it’s time to add the borders. We’ll start with the skinny black accent border.

First, you’ll cut a black herringbone fabric strip 1″ x width of fabric (WOF). From this cut two 15- 1/2 strips. Sew a strip to each short end of your runner top.


Next, cut four strips 1″ x WOF from the black herringbone fabric to make the long side borders. Connect the ends of the strips with diagonal seams to make one long piece.

ConnectBlackStripTrim the seam, and press open.

Trim DiagSeamFrom this,  cut two lengths 76-1/2″ and sew to long sides of your runner top. Press.

Now on to the final border. Time to cut the grey Downton Abbey text fabric! First cut a strip 2 -1/2″ x WOF.  From this, cut two strips 16 -1/2″ long.

Subcut grey

Next, cut four more grey Downton Abbey text fabric strips 2- 1/2″ x WOF. Connect these with diagonal seams just like you did with the black skinny inner border to create one long piece. From this, cut two strips 76-1/2″. Sew these to each long side of the runner.

Now, cut six black herringbone strips 2-1/2″ x WOF. From one of these, cut four 2 -1/2″ squares. These will be the corner stones of the outer border. Sew one square to each end of the 16-1/2″ grey border strips. Press.


Then sew these to each end of your runner top. Congrats! Your Downton Abbey Table Runner top is complete!!


Use the rest of the 2-1/2″ black herringbone strips for the binding. To make the binding, sew ends together with diagonal seams, trim and press just like you did for the two borders. Next, fold the binding in half wrong sides together and press.

Next time, I’ll be showing you how I quilted my Downton Abbey Table Runner and attached the binding with a super special magic trick I learned from Ladyfingers superwoman Denise. Be sure to follow me and let me know how you are doing with your runner!

Need a fabric kit just like mine? Click HERE!


About ladyfingerssewing

Our helpful, courteous staff is always ready to help with your projects, and special orders are welcome! We now offer an on-line store to compliment our phone-mail order service, and we will ship just about anything we can get in a box! Ladyfingers is owned by Gail Kessler, who is a fabric designer for Andover Fabrics in New York City. Her collections are featured at Ladyfingers, along with fabrics from other fine companies including Hoffman, Marcus, Kona Bay, Westminster, Free Spirit, Robert Kauffman, Michael Miller, P & B, Timeless Treasures, and many more. Ladyfingers is known for stocking fabrics that you may not find elsewhere, making us THE destination store when you are looking for something special. Ladyfingers Sewing Studio is centrally located in the beautiful, historic Oley Valley between Pottstown and Reading, PA. Our store is in the former Griesemersville Hotel. Built in 1860, this stagecoach stop served travelers on their way from Reading to Philadelphia with over 40 rooms, a saloon, post office, and general store. We restored this landmark in 1995 and now serve quilters and sewers world-wide with over 4000 bolts of designer fabrics and a fantastic array of threads, notions, books and patterns. We regularly display scores of finished quilts for your inspiration and offer classes in our spacious, well-lit classroom.
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