Subway Art Burlap Table Runner — Point of View

I am participating in a fun blog hop today!  The Burlap Point of View!  A group of ladies get together each month and put their spin on a topic.  They invite a guest and do a blog hop one day of the month.  I am the guest this month!  So read on to find out about MY point of view on burlap!

After that little sneak peak of the projects, I am sure you want to visit them all!  Check out all the blogs:





Now for my point of view!  Burlap is the perfect thing for me…I was thrilled that the ladies asked me this month.  I heart burlap!  As soon as I heard the theme, I began to think of table runners for my Thanksgiving table.  I have had a thought of a subway art table runner for a while.  I love subway art but have never found a way to work it into my home.  A table runner seemed like the perfect opportunity.  So I combined that idea with burlap and came up with fabulous…


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I used muslin and my fave deco art paints for the runner.  Muslin comes in 108″ widths so it is super easy to tear yourself off a runner from one side.  My muslin is 12 inches wide.

Then I broke out one of my other fave products — my Silhouette.  I made my subway art using different fonts, sizes, and directions plus stock shapes out of my library.  I made the stencil about 8 inches square.  If you make your stencil square that allows for you to turn it as you work your way down the table runner.  It looks a little less like you just used the same stencil all the way (even though you do).  Paint it this way then turn it 1/4 turn.  Paint it again.  Turn it 1/4 turn.  Make sense?   My secret for stencils — I take the middles of the letters and tape them in with scotch tape.  After I paint in this area, I would remove the stencil and go back by hand and paint in the areas masked by the tape.  Want more details on that method?  Check out this post for all the details.

I custom mixed my own paints.  I did them in small amounts on a paper plate.  So as you go down the runner, the orange may look different as I had to mix a new batch.  I wanted this look.  I did not want the runner to be exactly the same all the way.  I felt the slight differences in color added interest.

Plus when I painted I used different colors.  Let’s take the “give thanks” in the picture below on the right for example.  The “give” part looks like a slightly different shade then the “thanks”.  But the “give thanks” on the left hand side looks a little different yet.  Just dip your brush in say a little red before dipping it into the brown.  You will be amazed at the effects you can create. 

See my turkey below…isn’t he pretty??  Shades of red, orange, and yellow all used to make him stand out!  When I got to the next turkey, I would try a different mix of colors. 

I stretched my runner out on the floor with newspaper underneath it.  I painted all of my subway art all the way down.  I did it in two sessions cause it totally hurt my back!!  But I finished it…then I let that dry.  I took my burlap and cut it to be about 4 inches wider than my runner (2 inches on both sides).

I then sewed the muslin to the burlap on both sides and on the ends.  I left about 2 inches all the way around of the burlap.  I left all of my edges raw cause I heart frayed edges.  You can run some fray checker on the edges to make sure it does not fray more than you want it to.

I frayed my edges some on purpose.  Again cause I love that look.  How much or how little is totally up to you.

Then I set the table for a little photo shoot.  Any guesses on what my table cloth is?  It is a drop cloth.  Yes a canvas painter’s drop cloth.  Impress your guests this Thanksgiving with a gorgeous table cloth…don’t tell ‘em where you got it…

In the center of the table, I just added a footed wood bowl and some pumpkins and gourds.  A little scrap of burlap was placed in the bottom of the bowl.

All that is missing is my Thanksgiving guests.  I love the idea that no matter where you are sitting at the table you can read seasonal saying and words….

Here is a shot from above so you can see that I did indeed paint all 108 inches of table runner…no cheating allowed…

I am so in love with this table runner, I am thinking of doing one for every season!  The subway art table runner could very quickly become a “thing” for me…

For now, I will just enjoy all the autumn colors on my Thanksgiving table.  Oh if you are wondering — this one will be spot clean only.  Sorry gals I don’t think burlap washes well.  :)

So fire up your Silhouette, make your stencil, and start painting!  I would love to see your take on the subway art table runner this holiday season!

Be sure to visit all the other burlap projects today!


  1. says

    Angie- I told you before and I’ll tell you again- this runner is absolutely amazing! I love the whole thing. When I first saw the picture I saw that gorgeous turkey- he’s stunning. the whole thing is lovely.
    I’ll stop gushing now. :)
    So happy to have you participate in Point of View this month.

  2. says

    Hi Angie! Thanks for being a POV guest this month. Burlap is a perfect theme for you and I love how the table runner tured out. The subway art looks awesome on the table runner. What a great idea.

  3. says

    Susan — I used my Silhouette for the lettering. You just insert the text you want in different fonts. It cuts the card stock for you. If you don’t have a silhouette. I would reccommend making the subway art lettering in your word processing program. Printing it on card stock. Then cutting it by hand with an exacto knife.

  4. says

    Love it! Just bought my first stash of burlap last week and was wondering what to do with it. :) My table is so bare. This is perfect. Especially for Christmas. :)

  5. says

    Angie–I love your table runner! I have a question for you though. How did you deal with the oodles and boodles on the e’s and the a’s?
    ps not sure how I missed this the first time around. I saw it over at craft gossip.

  6. Lisa C. says

    This is gorgeous. did you use the same stencil out of vinyl or did you cut it multiple times?

  7. says

    The runner is amazing! I’m currently in the process of designing and making some dining room blinds in the same style, love the way you’ve included illustrations in the design. Have you ever done blinds in this style, would love your input :)

  8. says

    Gorgeous Thanksgiving table runner. If I put that much work into something, I’d have to find one of those clear vinyl table covers to protect the runner at least, and maybe even the table cloth under it.

  9. Stephanie Layson says

    Hi Angie,

    This runner is absolutely fantastic! I recently purchased a silhouette and I have just started crafting with it. In reading the comments above, I saw the one about the possibility of emailing the stencil file. If you are still able to send it, I would appreciate receiving it.

    Thanks again,


  10. Diane says

    Very creative there. I have to ask did you iron the back of it before you sewed it down. I think had you it would look way more professionally done. If you it sure isn’t laying very flat on the burlap. Again nice job with the art work.


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