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Autumn Table Runner/Mat

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No more denying it.
Fall is really here.
And now that it’s October, I officially let myself transition to fall mode and not feel like I rushed summer away.  So hello to autumn.
And to start things off right, a sweet and simple fall table runner/mat.
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With a sprinkling of fall leaves around the edges.  Nice and simple.
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 A great way to add some ‘fall’ to your home.
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And you know, the pine cones may stay  for a few days……but I’m ready for some big, fat, and imperfect pumpkins to plop right on top of that mat.  I just decided.
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And then maybe in a month……..a nice old bowl, filled with other fall items.  Why not? :)
Use that mat any ‘ol way you’d like.
Want to make a quick one? 
I cut a piece of vinyl into a 22 x 14 inch rectangle.   
(Remember the clearance vinyl I bought for this project.  This stuff comes in handy.)  
But cut it however big/small/long you’d like it.
Then, grab some silk fall leaves (mine are from the dollar store) and get an idea of how you’d like to arrange them.  Pin if you need to……..
But I skipped the pinning and would sew a bit, get another leaf ready…….
Place it down, sew some more………
And then continue sewing right over the leaf, attaching it to the vinyl.
Continue all the way around all four sides, using as many or as few leaves as you’d like.
No pattern or technique……just random leaves, covering the outer edge of my runner/mat.
And that was it.
Nice and ready for fall.
Makes me smile.
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Note:  If you’d rather, use hot glue to attach your leaves.  Works just as great.  Just be sure to use a high heat setting to assure that the glue doesn’t peel off of the vinyl after it cools down.  Or try an epoxy glue…

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Alisha says:

    I love this idea, so festive. And it looks super simple too. I like that you sewed the leaves on, I was guessing that you would have glued them on, but, sewing around the edges kinda makes the leaves pop up a little more. I like it ALOT!! Thanks.

  2. Jen says:

    Hey! I’m featuring your autumn table runner over at my blog in an autumn round up, come check it out!

  3. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    featured these today on my blog.

  4. HADİYE says:

    Harika olmuş.


  5. Beth- the mama bee says:

    I made one and shared it on my blog today. thanks, Beth

  6. von Hand zu Hand says:

    a very clever and decorative idea! i love it. and link it.

    thans, doro.

  7. Rachel Leigh says:

    Oh I looovvvvveee this! Too cute!
    I love fall!

  8. Love the Decor! says:

    Love this! it would be cute wrapped around a bottle of wine as a great hostess gift : )

  9. Megan says:

    This is adorable and would make a great hostess girt too! Love it!

  10. Megan says:

    This is adorable and would make a great hostess girt too! Love it!

  11. an encourager says:

    Oh! Thank you! I must become a follower! :)

  12. an encourager says:

    Oh! Thank you! I must become a follower! :)

  13. Krista@thegatheringplacedesign says:

    Really pretty! If only I could sew a straight line…I would have to use glue;) I love this, thanks for sharing:)

  14. pk @ Room Remix says:

    This is so clever and I love the way it turned out! I'm going to feature it in my post today and link back.

  15. Diane says:

    This is a fantastic idea that I believe I will proudly copy. I think I will use a brown permanent marker to run around the edge of the cut vinyl to make it blend in a bit more. Love, love, love it. Thrifty, fast, and great looking project. Thank you.

  16. Suzanne says:

    I was trying to think of something along these lines this week, but nothing I thought of was half as beautiful as this. Love it!

  17. Emily B says:

    I love it! So much! Weekend project, I think… if I can get my act together and pick up some leaves!

  18. Stephanie says:

    You have got to be the most creative person I know. Well, actually I guess I don't know you, per se, but I really do love all your ideas. What sets up above all those other blogs out there is how simple, cheap and easy your ideas are. And still fantasticly (is that a word?) clever and beautiful! Bravo, I say. :o)

  19. PDCScarbroughpage says:

    I LOVE THIS!! So simple, so fall, and SCREAMS comfortable and casual, or dress it up for a sophisticated affair. LOVE!

  20. dillydallyingmom says:

    awesome idea! I'm gonna have to try it!!

  21. Kristin Dyer says:

    Bought my Vinyl today on clearance at Joann's. I was wondering if you used a heavy duty needle on your machine or just a regular one? I have never sewed with vinyl before.

  22. sassafrass says:

    um…..BRILLIANT! Now I have too many ideas for my fall runner, I might need to do a few of them and rotate ever couple of weeks :)

  23. Stephanie says:

    What a great idea. So simple yet so fun. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  24. Beth- the mama bee says:

    I have a piece of that vinyl that I've been saving for a fun project. thanks!

  25. bethanndodd says:

    We are headed to the pumpkin patch on Sunday…this will be perfect way to show off all of the little and pumpkins and gourds my boys pick out. Thanks for the idea and have a wonderful weekend!

  26. Lorajean says:

    Very creative and beautiful! :)

  27. SummersDesigns says:

    That is awesome! Thank you for sharing that. Hmmm….that idea really gets the wheels turning in my head.

  28. Suzy says:

    What a great idea! This is awesome!! On my way to the dollar store right now…

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  29. Angela@Inkology says:

    I love this! So easy! I love the vinyl, but if you couldn't get ahold of some vinyl how easy would it be to do out of place mats even! Stitch a few together to get a bigger one!

  30. Jen Worms says:

    I love this! What a great gift for a friend, definitely doing this one soon!

  31. Christy, says:

    love it!
    what's funny is I have an old pair of too skinny pants in that same faux leather material. I see an upcycle in my future LOL

  32. Amanda says:

    I literally said outloud: "That is A-MAZ-ING!"

  33. Lizzie says:

    This is the kind of sewing project I'm up for right now. Super fast and easy with great results. Love it!

  34. Kim's Treasures says:

    It's beautiful!!! Love it and it's sew easy!

  35. Krista says:

    I really love this idea! Looks beautiful. Great job!

  36. Jennifer says:

    LOVE this …. so cute!

  37. Jen says:

    It's beautiful…..I love it!

    Where did you purchase the vinyl? I would love to make this.

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