Creations, Birthday Cake Table Runner

If you are expecting a great sewing tutorial I will have to preface this post with a disclosure…


yes, I can sew, sort of…I pretty much stumble bumble my way through…


so while I AM going to show and tell  you as best I can how to make this pretty cake, you are going to have to stumble  bumble along with me, and all you seamstresses out there, close your eyes!  Especially my friend Kim over at Curtain Queen Creates, now she can really sew, head over there for some really great tutorials!


I will confess right off the bat that the idea for this table runner came from a photo I’ve had on one of my Pinterest boards for 2 years.  It is a kitchen towel

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from less than perfect life of bliss~ Incredibly cute yes?


I shamelessly copied the whole thing! But here’s the thing, when you “borrow” and idea, or get an inspiration from someone elses creation, you inevitably make it your own~ See How to Steal Like an Artist~ just make sure to credit the original source… and then go your own merry way~skip down your own path and see where it leads you…


Make a template with a folded piece of paper and place it on a folded piece of fabric


and, Voila!   Cake plate!


I decided to make a banner/runner, so it could be draped on a table or hung on a door or wall

birthday banner

One end got a flat accent band and one end got a flirty little ruffle


just turn the hem and sides of the ruffle and stitch


For the main body I used a yard length of unbleached muslin, opened it up and sewed the flat band on one end.  Then right sides together stitched the 2 long sides and the short band side, forming a “pillow case.”  Then I turned it so right sides were out and sewed the machine hemmed ruffle across the open bottom edge and then all sides were finished.  Clear as glass right??


I carefully stitched around the edge of the cake plate, about 1/8″ in, just to keep edges from fraying.


With Heat n Bond, I ironed it on to the runner


Time to bake the cake!  The bottom layer is a pink edged ruffle and I realized when I tried to pin it in place that scotch tape was better than pins because the fabric was so bulky it wouldn’t lay flat when pinned.


If you look closely you can see the tape, it worked great holding the trim in place while I sewed it down,  and I removed as I sewed.


More layers!


and layers and layers and layers

ribbon and felt candle

a ruffly ribbon makes a candle with a felt flame, a large orange piece of felt and a smaller pink piece~

birthday cake banner

I like it kinda wonky


Did I mention this was for a very special  birthday?


CC is turning 1 soon!

cake runner

I have to go all out for this occasion!


We can add a candle every year~


Thanks so much to less than perfect life of bliss for such a wonderful inspiration!


I will be sharing with these wonderful parties and blogs:

Get Your DIY On Monthly Challenge

Centerpiece Wednesday

Work it Wednesday

Posed Perfection

Between Naps on the Porch

Common Ground

It All Started with Paint

Seasonal Sunday

It’s Overflowing

Uncommon Designs

Make it Pretty Monday

The Scoop

Coastal Charm

The Gunny Sack

Savvy Southern Style

16 Responses to “Creations, Birthday Cake Table Runner”
  1. Candy S says:

    Jenna, The birthday runner is totally darling. Perfect for a very important first birthday celebration. I really love that you gave credit for the inspiration you found on Pinterest. When I really like an idea on Pinterest I try to follow it back to the originating site. Definitely not easy all of the time. Thank you, thank you, thank you for setting the great example!

  2. You need to make these and put them on etsy!! They would sell like hot cakes my friend! Too cute♥

  3. Nellie says:

    that is adorable, and looks so nice, and sounds fairly easy to do too…………..

  4. laurie says:

    Jenna, that is soooo cute, you clever lady! And what a great way to celebrate such a special birthday. I also love the wooden, sliced cake and the idea of adding a slice each year. What a lucky little girl. laurie

  5. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    That is super adorable! What a cute inspiration idea- and you created a totally new idea with it.
    Who wouldn’t want that for their celebration table!!

  6. Deborah says:

    very cute! You’ll use this a lot. Pinterest and bloggers are such great sources of inspiration!!

  7. lulu says:

    Jenna, you are getting far too creative with your inspired tables. I love it!!

  8. Mary says:

    Jenna, You take the cake! I LOVE the birthday runner and the ruffled frosting! Too adorable and how fun to add a candle every year in celebration of CC’s birthday! Your sewing skills are better than mine, I haven’t sat down at a machine in 10 years. The scotch tape idea was a brilliant as the runner is cute 🙂

  9. Ann K says:

    Cute!! Love the polka dot ruffles!!

  10. This is adorable.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  11. Your “stumble bumble” way through the sewing process certainly exceeds ANY hope of sewing that passes for acceptable!!! Great job!!!

  12. Kim says:

    It’s adorable! I am in love with this runner! Thanks very much for the referral. I think your sewing skills are exceptional. 🙂 I’m pinning – hope you don’t mind.

  13. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my word, how clever and creative is this. I love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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