Last summer I made a ruffled burlap runner for myself.
I wanted to make another runner for my friend Tara. She had been sending me pictures of vintage white doilies. At that point, I thought it would be a good idea to start looking for doilies at estate sales. They were readily available for $.50-$1.00. Once I had accumulated several doilies, I laid them out in a random pattern.
Instead of making a burlap ruffle, I pulled out an antique lace place mat that I had accidentally shrunk in the washer. Other than becoming too small for a place mat, it still had good integrity in the woven material.
I cut the place mat horizontally and created two even pieces to attach to the ends of the runner.
I planned to give this runner 2 different looks. I wanted to attach the doilies at the ends to create a runner in itself. If Tara wanted to lay this doily runner on top of the burlap runner, then the doilies would tie into the place mat ends of the burlap runner.
Adding the doily halved place mat just kicks it up a notch.
Then laying the runner of doilies on top of the runner gives it yet another look.
I hope that she will enjoy using the two runners for years to come.