Trick or Treat Table Runner

Posted by alpinefabrics on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Trick or Treat Table Runner

Course Instructor: Rebecca Woods

of Charley, Dee, & Me Designs

Rebecca Woods of Charley, Dee, & Me Designs

Are you ready for Halloween? Here’s a fun and easy way to get your table looking festive using Riley Blake’s adorable new Trick or Treat line. Have fun, make it your own, and please feel free to visit me anytime at!

PDF Instructions

Course Supplies:

Pack of precut 5 inch squares (or ¾ yard total assorted fabrics)

¼ yard white fabric for stop border

¼ yard stripe fabric for outer border

¼ yard orange fabric for binding

½ yard fabric for back



Course Instructions:

Fabric Stash

Play with your fabric! Decide which fabrics you like next to each other and which you don’t. I divided my 5 inch squares into two groups: blacks and brights. I chose not to use the white squares.


Make Quarter-square triangles. Choose one black and one bright square. With wrong sides together, draw a pencil line from corner to corner on the back of one square.

Making half-square traingles

Sew ¼ inch on either side of the line.

Making half-square triangles

Cut along the pencil line.

Making half-square traingles

You should have two identical half-square triangles. Press seam toward the black fabric. Repeat with another set of one black and one bright square. Now you should have four half-square triangles, each one half-black and half-bright.

Making half-square traingles

Take one half-square triangle from each pair and put them right sides together. Seams should nest each other.

Making quarter-square triangles

Draw a pencil line corner to corner on the diagonal opposite the seams. Sew ¼ inch on either side of the line.

Making quarter-square triangles

Cut along the pencil line. You should have two identical quarter-square triangles.

Making quarter-square triangles

Press. Repeat with the other set of half-square triangles. Continue this process until you have 13 quarter-square triangle blocks. Square them up to 4 inches.

Design layout

Choose a design. Choose 14 squares to go in between the quarter-square triangle blocks. I chose to put black fabrics in the middle row and bright fabrics along the outside. Squares will need to be cut down to 4 inches by 4 inches. Play around with your blocks and have fun. Changing the design just a little bit can give you a completely different look for your runner. Do whatever you like.


Sew blocks together. Sew blocks and rows using ¼ inch seams.

Sew blocks together

Make your borders. Cut 1 inch strips from your ¼ yard of white fabric to create your stop border. Sew border on opposite sides first. Cut 2 ¼ inch strips of stripe fabric to create your outer border. Sew borders on ends first and then sides. Miter corners.

Stop border

Outer border

Bind and Quilt. I chose to make piping for my binding. I used 1 ½ inch wide strips sewn onto cording. Ric-rac would also look very cute.  Again, do whatever you like.  Feel free to get creative with your quilting, too. You could quilt different designs on the blocks and borders or keep it consistent throughout. Enjoy your spooky table runner!

Finished Runner


Fabric Pumpkins

I’m sure many of you saw these funky fabric pumpkins going around “blogland” last Halloween. I decided to make a couple of my own with some extra fabric I had leftover. You will need:

1 rectangle of fabric, twice as long as it is wide (I used rectangles sized 9” by 18” and 7” by 14”)

2 yards of Riley Blake’s elastic black lace


Sew five strips of elastic lace widthwise onto your rectangle of fabric. Try to make them evenly spaced, but it doesn’t have to be exact.

Fabric pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins

When you’re all done, fold your rectangle in half (hamburger style) with right side together and machine sew ¼ inch along the width edge. Then, using embroidery thread and a wide basting stitch, sew up the bottom. Pull threads and cinch up as tight as you can. Turn inside out.

Fabric pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins

Fill pumpkin with batting scraps, pellet beads, or poly-fill. When you’re done stuffing, sew the top closed much like you would a yo-yo, turning under ¼ inch and cinching closed at the end.

Stuffing pumpkin

Finishing pumpkin

To finish off the thread, put the needle straight down through the center of the pumpkin and tie a tight know at the bottom. You’re done! Enjoy your pumpkins!

Finished pumpkins

Pumpkins and runner

Category: Home Decor


  1. Thank you so much for the table runner pattern! I've been searching all over the internet for a pattern that I could use my cute Halloween fabrics on - and yours fits the bill perfectly! I'm not a quilter, but I think I can do it! I love the pumpkins, too! Thanks again!
    by Julie Anne
    September 21st, 2012 at 9:57 p.m.
  2. Hello Rebecca, Thanks a lot for this pattern! I created a spring table runner from the moda charm pack "vintage modern". It was easy and absolutely fun to follow your instructions! Here you can see my (no Halloween) table runner:
    by Katharina
    January 07th, 2013 at 7:17 a.m.
  3. Super cute table runner with great, easy to follow instructions!!! Thank you soo much!!! BTW I love your Beware block- perfect touch!! :)
    by Delina
    September 08th, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

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