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How To Make A Unique Stenciled Denim Table Runner

A great way to add colour, texture and interest to your dining or kitchen table is with a runner. As indigo blue is my favourite colour, I made an upcycled denim table runner for my dining table.

The runner looks great against the dark wood of the table and also protects it from spills and candle wax from candles. To add interest to the denim runner I stenciled it.

what you need to make a stenciled denim table runner

Using a Moroccan Stencil

The last time I stenciled denim to make my denim fish pillows I used bleach. Even though this worked well this time I used acrylic paint.

A few years ago I made some doily stenciled pillows with acrylic paint and they still look just as good as when I first made them. I’ve also stenciled jeans before with my fun denim draught excluders.

I found the Moroccan stencil in my craft stash. Making a stunning painted wood pallet garden was the last time I used it. Loving the Moroccan and Boho look, I knew the stencil would be perfect for this DIY denim table runner.

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What You Need To Make A Denim Table Runner

What denim to use?

An old pair of jeans, or to be more precise both legs from a pair of old jeans.

However, this denim table runner was only really long enough for a coffee table. For a longer runner for a bigger table, I recommend using another jeans leg or two.

Top Tip: Only use straight-legged, flared, or boot cut jeans for this denim upcycle. The legs of skinny jeans probably won’t be wide enough.

Don’t throw out the rest of unused denim from the jeans their are loads of no-sew denim projects you can make from the scraps and some great jean pocket upcycles too.

What else you need?

Moroccan stencil and paint

How To Make A Denim Table Runner

1.. The first thing to do is to cut the legs off the pair of jeans. Cut them at the top as near to the crotch as possible. As mentioned above if you want a longer table runner I recommend using more than one pair of jeans.

Leave the hems on the jeans as these will be the ends of the denim table runner.

cutting the legs off the jeans

2. Next, using scissors cut open the jeans legs by cutting down the inside seam. The opened up denim leg should be a few inches wider than the stencil.

Opening up the denim leg

3. Next, pin and stitch the top of both denim legs right sides together. Allow for a 1cm seam. This can either be done on the machine or by hand.

This is basically your denim table runner if it is not long enough for your requirements now is the time to sew another leg or two.

pinning the legs togethe

However, the chances are, the runner will not be the same width all the way along. Jean’s legs tend to be wider at the top and are very rarely totally straight.

To even out the runner, lay it onto a cutting mat. Then lay the stencil on-top, allow for a margin of 3-5 cm along each edge. Next, using a rotary cutter and metal ruler cut the edges of the jeans so that they are the same length all the way along.

Trimming the denim table runner

4. Now it’s time to stencil the denim fabric. To stop the stencil and the denim from moving whilst painting I pin both to a foam board. Place the stencil in the middle of the runner and right up to the bottom hem.

Top tip: If you don’t want to make holes in the stencil, use a combination of masking tape and pins.

pinning stencil to denim table runner

5. Next, mix the fabric medium with the acrylic paint according to the instructions on the bottle. This is normally a 50/50 mixture. The fabric medium turns the paint into fabric paint that can be washed.

Top Tip: If you don’t have fabric medium, don’t worry you can still seal the paint at the end with vinegar and iron. This will give it some protection from washing.

Stencil using a foam brush and a dabbing motion. This will stop the paint from seeping under the stencil.

Dabbing with the stencil

Finishing Touches

6. Once you have finished with the stencil, carefully lift it off the denim table runner. Then, when the paint is touch dry move the stencil along the runner into the next position and repeat the painting.

Carry on repeating this step until the whole length of the table runner is painted.

stenciling the denim table runner

7. Once the painting has finished and dried, spray the painted table runner with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then place a tea-towel on-top of the paint and iron it.

This will not only set the fabric paint more into the fabric but it will also soften it.

Stenciled denim table runner before ironing

8. Finally, to finish off the denim table runner. Either sew a hem along the long edges or go for a more Boho look and fray them.

I opted for the latter by fraying the edges much in the same way as I use to make denim tassels and denim feathers. As you can see I’m a big fan of the Boho look.

Fraying the edges of the denim

I love how the denim table runner turned out, it is the Moroccan stencil that really made it. The way the white paint sits unevenly on the indigo denim fabric makes the runner look like it has been Shibori dyed.

This means that it goes really well with some Shibori planters I made. Next, I want to make some denim table mats using the same stencil to match. I have also made a patchwork denim fabric fruit bowl which will look fabulous with this table runner.

DIY stenciled denim table runner

The upcycled denim also matches the denim patchwork chairs in my dining room and the denim hexagon placemats I made. I think the Shibori indigo planters I made would look great on it too.

Denim table runner and patchwork chairs
How to make a denim table runner

Repurposed tea towels would also make a great table runner.


Friday 17th of July 2020

Morning, Claire this is the link where I featured your denim table runner Thank you again for letting me use it! Rachelle

Claire Armstrong

Friday 17th of July 2020

Thank you, you're welcome and thanks for the feature.


Sunday 14th of June 2020

Thanks you, Claire. I will send you the link when it goes out mid July.


Claire Armstrong

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Thank you Rachelle, I look forward to seeing it.


Friday 12th of June 2020

I've been seeing your denim table runner on all the link parties this past month and really love how you upcycle a pair of jeans! The frayed edges really adds to the whole boho style. This is perfect for summer.

I would love to share your craft in an upcoming July post on my site - using a picture of the runner and a link back to you. Please let me know it you are comfortable with that.

Thank you Rachelle

Claire Armstrong

Friday 12th of June 2020

Thank you, Rachelle. Yes you can feature my runner with a link back, send me the post when it's finished and I'll share it.


Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Any ideas on where to get this stencil?

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

There is a link for it in the post you can buy it off Amazon. Just type in Moroccan stencil

June Webber

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Is this a fabric dye or paint. If paint will it crack after washing the fabric?

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Hi June all the instructions are in the tutorial. I used normal acrylic paint mixed with a medium to make it fabric paint then treated with vinegar so it washes fine.