16 Fall Table Runner Ideas for Thanksgiving

I’m updating my list of handmade Fall Table Runner Ideas. I keep coming across really pretty fall-fabric combinations or new tutorials and patterns.  So many inspiring options to add a little handmade patchwork style to your table for fall, particularly in time for Thanksgiving.

16 DIY Fall Patchwork Table Runner Tutorials and Ideas

Even if you’re not hosting dinner, they’d make a great thank-you or hostess gift. And because they’re small, they’re a faster finish, even if you’re starting at the last minute.

Plus, it’s kind of fun to have an excuse to pull out your favorite fabrics or to try a new color combination on a small project, if you ask me.

Here are a few of my favorite Fall Table Runner Tutorials and Patterns

This Quilt-as-you-go table runner is still one of my all time favorite methods. It’s perfect for scraps and easy to customize to any size you like! Full tutorial found here.

The great thing is you can take pretty much any quilt or quilt block design and make a beautiful fall-themed table runner just by using rich autumn colors like I di with this pattern from the book Playful Precuts Quilts.


Speaking of precuts here are a couple more tutorials perfect for a charm pack or other pre-cut squares: 9-patch table topper tutorial.

Add another patchwork motif with hour-glass blocks. (This is the one I have on my own table right now!)

Gather ‘Round Table Topper by Amber of Gigi’s Thimble.

This scrappy version from Sherri at A Quilting Life includes a traditional Maple Leaf block pattern.

Chevron table runner from Alex Legerwood – perfect for using scraps!

Here are some more table runner examples with a more specific fall theme. I’m totally smitten with this gorgeous leaf version made by Annejeanette Klinder. She has the leaf block tutorial and made them all with a charm pack!

Here are a few applique leaf variations: this one leaves on burlap from the Seasoned Homemaker.

Another variation on the appliqued leaves (again – perfect for scraps!) by Nicole of Modern Handcraft. In Nicole’s variation she uses matchstick quilting rather than stitching around each individual leaf to secure the appliqued shapes in place and give the runner a lot of texture.

This free Gingham Pumpkin Table Runner pattern is by Melanie Collette or Hello Melly Designs.

This Autumn Love table runner made by Bev of Flamingo Toes uses a raw-edge sketch-sewing to secure the applique shapes.

The next two table runners don’t have specific tutorials but they’re gorgeous inspiration. And they’re made up of mostly squares and half-square-triangle blocks, so would be fun – and not too difficult – to recreate. This patchwork variation is from Kitchen Table Quilting. I just really love the fabrics and color palette in this one!

I’m also in love with the fabrics and color palette in this runner found at From Marta with Love. It has a beautiful modern vibe.

This pieced-patchwork-plaid table runner tutorial is available from Orange Bettie.

And if you’re looking for something extra quick, check out this tutorial from Amy at Positively Splendid and only needs two coordinating fabrics. This is a great one for showing off a big, pretty print.

Another simple table runner variation is this Quilted Table Runner tutorial from Suzy Quilts. I love the hand quilted texture on this version!

Other Thanksgiving Quilting and Sewing Projects:

While we’re on the subject of Thanksgiving, real quick, here are a couple of bonus projects for you! These two stitched hoop art pieces are so fun. This first Thanksgiving hoop is by Bev at Flamingo Toes.

Another Thankful hoop variation by Jessica is found at the Polkadot Chair

And finally, while we’re on the subject of Thanksgiving, a quick shout-out to one of my all-time favorite quilts – my Gratitude quilt is a memory quilt with may of my favorite things stitched onto autograph-style blocks.  I highly recommend making one someday!

Hope you have a wonderful season of giving thanks with those you love!

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  • Reply
    November 10, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Thank you for a lovely and inspiring post! I am loving all of the Fall projects!

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    November 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Nice collection – thanks for sharing!

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    November 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Awesome post!! Thank you for finding and sharing all of the autumn inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    November 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you Amy! You must have read my mind as I was just looking for a Thanksgiving table runner!!

  • Reply
    November 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Love your runners! Great job 🙂

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    Mary Jean Gross
    November 1, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Love all of your designs. The Pumpkin is my most favorite.

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    Beth W.
    November 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Great collection and I love the variety–something for everyone :).

  • Reply
    October 22, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you, Amy for your Fall table runner compilation. I love all the variety of table runners and the beautiful Fall colors.

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