DIY table runner

Hey y’all. You want a crazy easy DIY do you? Like one that you can practically do in your sleep … if you are a sleep seamstress and if you are VERY adept with needles.

Well, try out this hand-sewn tassel quilted tea towel runner. Even Charlie could do it.

tablecloth DIY

tassel DIY

Read the steps above, but basically its like the easiest DIY ever and so cheap its weird.

1. Buy these Ikea tea towels (four for $3.99),  grab yerself some yarn and a needle. You are practically done already.

2. Sew it. We chose to do some x’s because we thought it would show up more than just a solid straight stitch. But you can get crazy with it if you want.

3. Make your tassels (see direction above). You can use multiple color yarn, or contrasting color with the stitching.

4. Attach said tassels.

BOOM. Y’all.

diy tassel tablecloth

And there you have it. The easiest thing that has ever happened to your life aside from not doing any DIY at all, but then what kind of person are you? Kidding. duh.

My friend Scott styled this, photographer David Tsay shot it for Redbook, and Stephanie Todaro assisted on the DIY. They are all awesome.

Resources: footed glasses from Kate Spade Saturday, Beverage dispenser from Target, and the footed bowl and vase are both from Anthropologie. 


  1. LOVE this – so dang cute and simple. I love simple – simple dIYs are the key :)

  2. so obsessed with those Ikea towels – I grab a set every time I’m there. this turned out great!

  3. This is so awesome! And the tassels make the whole thing even more amazing! Xo, S

  4. Loribeth

    Do you think the stitching would hold up if I threw the runner in the wash? If so, that would be awesome!

    • Emily

      hmm. good question. I kinda don’t see why not because they are sewn but I guess they are a bit looser. I guess maybe a gentle cycle at first to see? It is yarn and yarn can be tricky in the dryer, right?

      • I thought the same thing. I was going to just stitch the towels together on the sewing machine first and then do the decorative stitch over the top. That would only add 5 mins.

        • Loribeth

          Catherine, I think I’m going to take your advice and stitch with my sewing machine first, it really doesn’t add that much extra time or effort! Thanks for reminding me about the yarn/dryer part Emily! I’ll just dry on the clothes line!

  5. Suz

    I’m planning a barn dance & dinner on long tables. These would look amazing. Thank you!

  6. This looks fabulous! Thanks Emily. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the link for the tea towels goes to a 54″ Trimark fan on wayfair. I wonder what it would look like with pink tassels?

  7. Sarah

    In case anybody wants to know, I think the tray is a target buy..
    I love that Scott’s styling is so good, and Emily-like! I feel like I can tell if you styled it or not, and this one tricked me!

  8. Emily

    Would you mind fixing the link to the tea towels? The link goes to a fan on

  9. Lisa

    Love all of this! I would love to see a regular post like “Trolling Craigslist” but “Trolling Target. (How you would style what is currently on sale and available with other things…) I need some new comforters right now and would love to know what you would choose and pair them with. I’m sure it would be an insanely popular post because Target is so affordable and accessible! Combined with your eye, it’s a no-lose situation. :)

  10. Lisa

    Whooops…that above comment was meant for your Target post!

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