How to Make an Oilcloth Table Runner
Set a stunning table with this DIY table runner that's easy to customize and even easier to clean.
We appreciate the functionality of the oilcloth tablecloths Grandma used to have at her kitchen table, so we incorporated the same practicality into this DIY table runner. It has the same long-lasting wear and is so easy to clean, but we've updated the design with modern fabric and trim. Traditional oilcloth dates back to the 1800s and was originally used to make waterproof clothing. While true oilcloth is still available, modern wax-covered cotton has the same liquid-repelling qualities—which means spilled food or drinks won't stain your runner. If you're set on a specific fabric, you can use beeswax to make it water-resistant (we used this method for our DIY beeswax food wraps!), but for this project, it may be easier to purchase oilcloth or wax-coated fabric.
This runner requires only basic sewing skills and is so easy you could quickly stitch up a themed runner for each season, holiday, or special occasion.