Easy No Sew Table Runner

I’ve been so pleased with our no sew roman shade from mini blinds that I bought some more fabric from Tonic Living and made a little runner.

easy no sew table runner

This was super easy.

Just figure out the length and width you want the runner.

easy no sew table runner

Cut your fabric 2 inches longer and wider than you want it.

tonic living fabric

I folded the hem over twice so it would have a cleaner line which is why I gave an extra two inches for the length and width. When it folds over the side of the table the thicker hem seems to make it lay nicer, especially on our round table which can do weird things to runners. I ironed the hem before gluing.

easy no sew table runner

Run a line of fabric glue (don’t use regular glue!) under the hem and press evenly along the edge. Use wet paper towels to wipe up any excess glue. You may need to run an extra line of glue once you fold it over You want the entire hem glued down and secure.

fabric glue for new sew project

new sew table runner using fabric glue


no sew runner tonic living fabric

Notice the trim around the peninsula? It’s almost done! I’ll be back to share all the details later.

It coordinates but isn’t “matchy” with our no sew roman shade that is on the window over the sink. I couldn’t get a picture of both together, but when you walk into the kitchen you can see both.

The fabric is from Tonic Living, but I don’t see it up on the website anymore. We got our roman shade fabric from there too. Love that store!

no sew table runner with fabric glue



Potted Herb Garden

This year we decided to make a little potted herb garden.

how to plant potted herb garden

But not totally DIY. We decided against doing it from seed since these little guys weren’t much more expensive than the packs of seeds.

how to plant potted herb garden

We used this moisture lock soil recommended by the garden center.

soil to use for potted herb garden

Dump some in and add the plants.

how to plant a potted herb garden

Easy peasy.

We have basil, oregano, and parsley. I’m looking forward to some yummy Italian dishes. Maybe a little tomato basil pizza and some herbed up pasta with marinara. Yum yum.

We have lots of critters that run around the yard that eat things, namely a couple of ground hogs that stop in for regular visits as well as deer passing through. We put them up on the table to keep them away from the ground hogs. I really don’t know how much they like herbs, but they went to town on my mums last fall and ate almost all of the blooms. Not cool, ground hog. Not cool. So we’re being preventative and putting these out of their reach.

how to plant potted herbs

Not much we can do about deer but hope they won’t be adventurous enough to come on the patio.

On the (ever growing) to do list is to build or buy some kind of shelving and put it up against the house. Until then they will live on the table. They do make a nice decoration, don’t you think?

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Making the Peninsula Trim – Part One

We’re making custom trim around the peninsula of our Ikea cabinets, and the goal was to make a trim that coordinated with the Lidingo doors. You can see a little mock up here at the end which we are going to run all along the back too. That end piece was just a test piece, so the final product will look more seamless.

I first thought about doing board and batten, but the plain squared edges of board and batten didn’t seem to go with the Lidingo doors at all. I think it would have looked mismatched. Then we thought about making raised panel wainscoting that would be almost identical to the raised panel Lidingo doors, but this would have been a long, time consuming project, so instead we went with a flat panel look. The rails and stiles have a decorative routed edge that I think ties in better to the Lidingo doors than a plain squared board and batten would.

So far we’ve gone from this.

how to make wainscoting

To this.

how to make painted maple kitchen wainscoting

We originally planned on getting the wood from Home Depot or Lowe’s, but after sampling some poplar and pine it was too soft. The area around the peninsula gets a lot of traffic and I didn’t want the corners and edges to get all beat up. I could easily scratch the softer wood with my fingernail, so I thought it would be better to go with a stronger wood like maple.

The big box stores by us don’t carry maple boards (I’m not sure if any do, but the ones by us don’t seem to), so a couple weeks ago I went to Vienna Hardwood with my dad to pick out some maple.They had lots of maple.  Phone pics, excuse the quality.

maple boards for trim vienna hardwood

This is a neat store and they seem to carry just about every type of wood you can imagine from the basics to exotics.

where to buy exotic hardwood

My dad is handy with woodworking and offered to help with making the trim. It was fun for me because I haven’t ever done something like this before so I got to see how all of the tools worked.

If some of these tools like like antique versions of ones you see today, well that’s because they are. Well, maybe not antique, but they’ve been around awhile. The table saw and band saw were my grandfather’s and are very old. My dad remembered my grandfather having these tools when he was young and my first thought was they had, like, power tools back then? Ha. Apparently so.

First step was to cut the large boards down to length with the compound miter saw (could use a table saw too). We made them a little long at first.

how to make custom kitchen island trim

Then cut to width with the band saw (cut a little wide)

using bandsaw to make custom kitchen cabinet trim

Run along the jointer to make sure they are nice and straight.

using a jointer for custom kitchen island trim


using a jointer to make custom cabinet trim

using a jointer to make custom cabinet trim

Cut exactly to the right width using the table saw.

using table saw for custom cabinet trim

Split piece down the middle with the band saw.

using bandsaw for custom wainscoting in kitchen

Use the thickness planer to smooth out the pieces and make exactly the same thickness.

thickness planer for custom cabinet trim

We drew up a plan to figure out the measurements for the length of the rails and stiles.

planning out kitchen cabinet wainscoting

The stiles (vertical pieces) will be covered by baseboards at the bottom, so they didn’t need to be precisely the same height, just tall enough to be covered by the baseboard. We used the compound miter saw to cut the stiles. (I helped a bit!)

using compound miter saw to make wainscoting

We used the table saw to get the rails (horizontal pieces) all exactly the right length.

using table saw with miter gauge for wainscoting

Cope the ends using a router.

coping wainscoting using router

coped edges for wainscoting

Route the edges.

using router for wainscoting


how to make painted maple kitchen wainscoting

Next up will be giving these a light sanding, attaching these to the peninsula panel, priming, and painting.

Make sure to link up your paint colors if you haven’t already over at my paint color party on Involving Color!

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  1. mila G says

    Not sure if you’re still checking this, but any suggestions on how to get a straight edge? I had trouble with this when I was making no-sew curtains. Thanks!

    • Jena M says

      Since mine was a detailed pattern, I focused on a specific part of the pattern, like a little notch in one of the flowers or whatever was along the fold line I could draw my eye to, then focused on folding/ironing along that same point where the pattern repeated.

  2. Lorna says

    Love this! I recently redecorated my familyroom and re-upholstered the window cornices that were already in there. I have some of that fabric leftover. Can’t wait to make one of these for a console table It will be perfect! Thank you!

    • Jena says

      I’m not sure offhand, but ours is not very large. I would recommend doing a standard size though, since I made it to fit our little table. You may be able to get a good idea of standard measurements from sites like Pottery Barn that sell runners. Hope this helps!

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