red and teal table runner with title "reversible table runner".

2019 Pojagi Christmas Countdown – Table Runner

This table runner is nice as a stand-alone project or as a companion piece to the modern pojagi place mats. It is quick to make and doesn’t take a lot of room to store, so you can make a different one for each season and celebration.

This table runner finishes as a single layer of fabric. There is no batting or backing. It is made using a reversible seam method based on pojagi – traditional Korean patchwork. The finished piece is reversible.

If you are a long-time quilter, this will be a fun new challenge. Just be sure to read all the directions carefully, since it is totally different than western quilting.

Directions are for a 28” long runner, but it would be easier to make a longer one if you prefer.

Supplies

You can make the runner with any type of fabric, but if it is your first modern pojagi project, use something that is reversible, like a batik or a solid. If your fabric has a clear right and wrong side, you will have to be careful to get the fabrics the right way. It is possible with the reversible seam, just more complicated than normal piecing.

Fabric

  • Two –  2” WOF (width of fabric) strips colour 1
  • Two –  3” WOF strips neutral colour
  • One – 3-1/2” WOF strips colour 2
fabric requirements for reversible table runner

Thread

Use any normal sewing thread. Traditionally in pojagi a contrasting colour is used and the stitching is part of the design. You can use a neutral or match one of the colours of fabric you have or a third colour.

No matter what colour thread you use, your stitches will be visible on the finished project. Don’t stress about this, just relax and enjoy the process.

Assembly

Make strip sets

Join each colour one strip to a neutral strip using the simple pojagi seam method.

strip set for reversible table runner tutorial

Take one of these sets and cut it in half.

Cut the colour two strip in half and join the strip set to either side of one piece. Make sure the neutral is touching the colour.

reversible table runner tutorial large strip set.

Cutting

Cut this strip set into two 10” pieces. 

Cut two 10-1/2” pieces from the remaining neutral/colour one strip set and one 10-1/2” piece from the colour two strip.

layout for reversible table runner.

Stitching

Join these pieces together as shown. The colour two strip is in the middle and the neutral/colour one strips are on the end with colour one side out.

reversible table runner before hemming.

If you want a longer runner, it is easy to just make more sets and add them at this point.

Hemming

Trim if necessary so that all the edges are straight.

trimming the edges of the reversible table runner.

One side at a time, fold over 1/4” then fold over 1/4” again, pressing each fold well. Top stitch the fold.

reversible table runner with two edges hemmed.

It is much easier to hem one side at a time rather than attempt to do all sides at once.

finished modern pojagi table runner.

You’re done!

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.


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