How to Make a Fireplace Mantel Scarf or Runner for Christmas
A fireplace mantel scarf or runner is a lovely Christmas touch in your living room. Stockings hung on the fireplace on Christmas Eve and left there during the Christmas season add to the ambiance of the holidays. Making your own scarf or runner allows you to set the scene or complement the Christmas decorations you've enjoyed in your home for years.
Step 1 – Measure the Fireplace Mantel
Measure the length of the fireplace mantel. Add 4 feet to this measurement to allow the scarf to hang 2 feet on each side. However, if you intend to have the fireplace lit during the holidays, you can eliminate the extra feet and just have the scarf come to the edge on each side. You do have to allow for a seam allowance of ½ inch on each end.
Measure the width of the mantel. Add 1 inch to this measurement to allow for ½ inch seam allowance on the front and back of the scarf.
Step 2 – Lay out the Fabric
Lay the fabric on the flat surface you will use for cutting. Have the wrong side facing upwards—this is the dull side of the fabric. Press out any wrinkles with the iron on its lowest setting. Make sure you move the iron clockwise starting in the middle of fabric and working outwards toward the edges. Always use very sharp scissors to cut the brocade to these measurements. If the scissors are even the slightest bit dull, the fabric will fray on the edges.
Step 3 – Sew the Edges
Starting at the shortest edge, measure 1 inch of the material. Pin this in place along the way with straight pins (also called dressmaker’s pins). Press the fold and then fold it in half and press again. This is where you will sew the edge when you are ready. Repeat this for the other three edges. You can do the side edges first and then do the front and back.
Use either a sewing machine with the same color thread or a sewing needle, if you prefer to sew by hand, to secure the seam on all four sides.
Step 4 – Make Fringes
Use the scissors to make cuts along the side edges of the fabric. The cuts should be about 2 inches into the fabric and ¼ inch wide. Sew the beads to the edges to create a colorful effect. Spray the adhesive over the edges of the fringes so that the fabric won’t start to fray.