5 Minute No-Sew DIY Table Runner (using a Drop Cloth)

This no-sew DIY table runner made with drop cloth will make the perfect backdrop for your Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescape. It’s also neutral enough to use all year long thanks to the classic buffalo check trim. 

drop cloth table runner on table

I am so excited to share with you how I made this no-sew table runner using a simple drop cloth! If you’re like me, sometimes it’s hard to part ways with something that has such good potential. This $10 drop cloth is just the perfect material for my new DIY project. 

I’m so excited to share this DIY table runner with you. If you are a regular visitor here (and I hope you are) this beauty combines two of my favorite materials: drop cloth and buffalo check! 

Let me show you some other drop cloth projects I’ve made:

Can you believe I’m still working off of the same package of drop cloth? Not to mention, the same buffalo check ribbon. That shows you just how budget-friendly these projects are. Are you a fan of buffalo check too? If so, you definitely want to join my fun buffalo check Facebook group. It’s free and there are so many ideas shared inside. Check it out here. https://facebook.com/groups/buffalocheck  

Also, see all of these amazing buffalo check decor items I found for us below…

Let’s get to this super simple DIY table runner tutorial so you can make your own in plenty of time to enjoy this holiday season. Grab your supplies and let’s get started!

SUPPLIES needed for No-Sew DIY Table Runner 

All the supplies needed can be found HERE in my Amazon Shop!

  • Drop Cloth
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Buffalo Check Ribbon
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun

How to Make a No-Sew DIY Table Runner

Measure the length of your table and determine the width and length you want your table runner to be. Cut your drop cloth to the size you want with the fabric scissors.

cutting drop cloth
 
Once you have the drop cloth cut to size, hot glue buffalo check ribbon along the length of the table runner on both sides. This is a great way to cover up any uneven edges too! 
 
gluing buffalo check ribbon to runner
 
I wanted to have a nice finished point for the table runner. I love how table runners look when they are angled. To create the angle, measure at mid-point and mark with a pencil. 
 
trimming drop cloth table runner
 
 

cut the edge

Use your fabric scissors to cut from where you marked to each edge to create the angle. Don’t worry about being exact, as the buffalo check ribbon will cover the edges.

creating angle corner for table runner  

NEXT…

This table runner literally takes about 5 minutes to make start to finish! Think about using this same tutorial to make a number of table runners. I could see a pretty pastel ribbon used for Easter and spring. You could also consider leaving a raw edge and fray it for a shabby effect.

cutting edges of table runner

 

No-Sew DIY Table Runner

Finish off the table runner by hot gluing the ribbon along the edges. That’s all there is to it! 5 minutes and 3 supplies and you have a beautiful handmade addition to your home decor. 

gluing buffalo check to drop cloth

Just look at how lovely it looks in my dining room. This is something I will probably keep up until spring. What do you think? Would you use this table runner year-round?

diy table runner styled on table

This would make a thoughtful gift idea too. Maybe gift it along with a set of matching drop cloth napkins? Wouldn’t that be pretty?

close up of drop cloth table runner   

decorate with your No-Sew DIY Table Runner

I couldn’t be happier with how this table runner turned out and it was so easy. You could always add a stencil or paint a design onto this table runner to create a farmhouse look. Let me know if you make this beauty by sharing a comment below. 

styled drop cloth table runner    

You probably have an old drop cloth sitting around in your garage or basement. This is a great opportunity to put that drop cloth to use by creating this easy DIY table runner! 

tips about drop cloth fabric

  • Drop cloth canvas fabric is 100% cotton; therefore it can shrink when washed. See washing instructions here.
  • Drop cloth material is durable and can stand up to repeated washing and abuse. It is a great fabric to use in DIY projects.
  • It’s inexpensive and can be easily found at most hardware stores.

You can also see a pretty drop cloth cotton batting flower banner HERE and don’t miss my buffalo check gift guide for Christmas.

Take a look at several other DIY buffalo check projects

before and after table runner

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DIY No-Sew Table Runner with Drop Cloth

All you need is five minutes and 3 supplies to make a beautiful and no-sew drop cloth table runner with buffalo check trim.
Keyword: drop cloth, drop cloth table runner, no sew decor

Equipment

Materials

  • Drop Cloth
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Buffalo Check Ribbon

Instructions

  • Determine the width and length you want your table runner to be.
  • Cut your drop cloth to size. 
  • Hot glue buffalo check ribbon along the length of the table runner on both sides.
  • Measure at mid-point and mark with a pencil.
  • Use your fabric scissors to cut from where you marked to each edge to create the angle.
  • Finish off the table runner by hot gluing the ribbon along the edges.

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