Cozy Table Runner with Old Sweaters and Flannel Shirts

sweater and flannel table runner

My dad is the king of flannels.  I don’t think there has been a fall, winter, or spring day that my dad hasn’t worn one of his flannel shirts, for at least a portion of the day, and most of the time it’s from sun up to sun down.

Now that flannels seem to be a trend (don’t actually take my word on that one – I know nothing about style), I still can’t bring myself to wear them, because I know I’d look in the mirror and think I look like my dad.  But, I can definitely cut apart his torn, shrunken, ratty old ones and use them in my home decor!  In fact, I love that when I look at my little dining room table I think of my dad…I just don’t want to look like him.

flannel shirts table runner

I cut up some of his old shirts into strips that were 15″ in length and varying widths.  I wanted the length of each strip to be the same, because this would form the edges of the table runner.  I did the same with an old, shrunken sweater of mine and then sewed the strips together.

sweater and flannel table runner diy

The bottom is unfinished, but to give it a finished edge, I just ironed and sewed a hem along each edge.  (I made sure the finished edges of the shirt (the button side) started and ended the runner, so I didn’t need to finish those edges at all.)

flannel table runner

I purposely kept some of the pieces with pockets or buttons, because I think it adds to the upcycled charm.

cozy table runner from old sweaters and flannel shirts

I’ll have some more pictures soon with the table runner actually on our kitchen table, but for that to happen, I would need to finish the wainscoting project that’s taking place in that room right now.  I’m setting a personal deadline to be finished before Thanksgiving…only 3 years after we started remodeling our kitchen.

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