DIY Burlap Table Runner

LAST UPDATED: Nov 20, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Sep 16, 2011 | By: Julie Blanner

Learn how to create a DIY burlap table runner with very little time or money. An inexpensive burlap runner or burlap tablecloth is surprisingly easy to make, creating the perfect fall table runner for your table.

Create your own table runner in just a few minutes with this easy tutorial. It's great for decorating & gifting!

DIY Burlap Table Runner

You may recall seeing this burlap table runner from Pottery Barn. Unfortunately, it is no longer available – however, it is so easy to recreate!  As you know, I love burlap for fall.  It provides a rustic, yet soft element as a fall table runner for fall decor.

As you’ll see throughout this post, burlap is totally season-less. It looks great for every season and I wanted to show you that today- in fact, it works just as well for spring as it does for fall as you can see throughout this post!

Creating a beautiful tablescape is one of my favorite activities. I love to add a natural element to the center of the table with my homemade burlap table runner or burlap tablecloth. No matter what color scheme I choose, the organic texture of the burlap runner warms up the space. 

It looks perfect on top of the table, as well as layered over a simple white polyester tablecloth or one with a subtle pattern. An Easter table setting featuring a burlap runner, small grass bunnies, pretty glassware and white plates.

In the springtime, it adds a touch of whimsy under my girls Easter baskets. Summertime arrangements of daisies and sunflowers complement the burlap runner. I often add a burlap bow to my flower vases as well.

A fall table setting with rustic burlap runner and a plaid napkin on plate.

A Burlap Runner Adds Charm For Any Season

Fall tablescapes of deep orange and rust linens with mounds of pumpkins display nicely on the rustic table runner.

And of course gold rimmed china and fine crystal plays nicely with my homemade runner, making an otherwise formal display look warm and inviting. There’s a reason that the burlap lace look has been so popular in rustic weddings for years! 

A fall table setting with plates, flatware and glassware on a burlap runner.

Over the years, my burlap collection has grown, but I gravitate toward a natural jute burlap that is easy to spot clean and hang dry. This decor staple takes minutes to create with very little investment! I love it so much, that I have given a few to close friends.

Last year I saved myself $40 and decided to create my own.  It has been a great Spring and Fall staple for our dining table, kitchen counter top when we are serving from there, mantle, piano and more.  I love it so much, I have decided to gift a few to dear friends.

I have shared the instructions to create a burlap runner of your own. Enjoy!

The details:

To create your own, purchase 2.5 yards of burlap {90″ in length} in the desired color.
Pull one thick thread at your desired width {I did 2′}.  It creates an easy guide to cut a straight line.  Cut.
Pull a thread, one at a time, to fray the edges on all 4 sides.
I pulled 5 threads on each side to achieve this look:
If needed, iron and store in a roll to prevent wrinkles.
I hope they enjoy their runners as much as I do mine! My other favorite burlap projects are a burlap vase, burlap flag banner, and burlap frame.

Create a Burlap Tablecloth 

Need something wider than a traditional table runner? Another great option with burlap is to create a full burlap tablecloth. This can be an inexpensive way to cover folding tables when you are hosting large groups. Table cloths can be so expensive! 

Burlap comes in so many colors now! For the paler ivory color that I’ve used throughout these images, you can buy a 60″ width of burlap fabric that will accommodate a variety of table sizes. This makes it so simple to cut and create exactly the size of table cloth you’ll need.

You can also find my favorite pretty gold scissors right here. 

A small textured Easter bunny on a spring table setting, placed on top of a burlap tablecloth.

Where to Use This Fall Table Runner

This burlap table runner can work in a variety of areas in your home decor. In addition to the dining table, this runner has graced our kitchen counter top when we have served a meal buffet style!  It looks beautiful on my mantle as well as over the piano, complete with a flower arrangement and a picture frame or two.

  • Add it to a buffet or china cabinet for an extra layer of texture and charm in your dining room.
  • Add a burlap runner or burlap tablecloth to your dining table for a rustic contrast to your formal china and flatware. 
  • A burlap runner looks great as a layer in your living room as well – consider adding one to your coffee table or a sofa table. 

An Easter table setting featuring a burlap runner, pretty glassware and white plates.

More Fall Tables to Inspire You

I love creating beautiful tablescapes for every season! Check out a few of these ideas for fall table settings that you’ll love. You can use your burlap tablecloth or burlap runner with ANY of these table centerpieces for an extra layer of rustic charm your guests will love.

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Are you planning to make this burlap runner for a future fall tablescape? I’d love to hear from you! If you create this rustic burlap runner for fall (or any season!) please come back and share in the comments. 
An Easter table setting featuring a burlap runner, pretty glassware and white plates.
Burlap Table Runner

Burlap Table Runner

Yield: 1
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Create a beautiful easy no sew Burlap Table Runner in minutes! A burlap runner adds a beautiful layer of texture to your table and makes a thoughtful gift!


  • 2.5 yards of burlap 90″ in length)


  • Optional: Iron


    1. Pull one thick thread at your desired width {I did 2′}. It creates an easy guide to cut a straight line. Cut. pull one thread from burlap to create a straight line
    2. Pull a thread, one at a time, to fray the edges on all 4 sides. Pull 5 threads from each side in all. frayed burlap table runner on wood table


Iron, if needed.
Roll to store to prevent wrinkles.
Tie with a ribbon to gift.