Bring a no-fuss attitude to the table with these easy and inexpensive runners.
Look for 20"-wide striped tea towel fabric from a discount fabric store (you can also find gingham and plaid patterns). To determine the length of your runner, measure the width of your table and then add 12". Use a measuring tape and shears to cut the fabric. Tea towel fabric doesn't fray easily, so you can leave the edges raw. But if you prefer a more finished look, fold under 1" of fabric on the cut ends and stitch a simple hem by hand or with a machine. Lay the runners width-wise on your table so they can do double duty as place mats.