This is so simple, it's a great project to do with older children / beginning sewers. (I made this particular runner for my then-boyfriend's mom when I was 20, & just found it again on her table!) It's very easy to do in an afternoon. Depending on what fabric you pick, it can make a truly sumptuous accent. It has always surprised me that she keeps it on such a lovely table, but seeing the pictures, I really see how the right materials can hold their own in an elegant dining room. It doesn't use much though, & can be made for under $20.
Velvet, length of Table + 2'
Lining, same length
12 1/4" Wooden Beads
1+ Rubber Stamps
Iron + Board
* Measure your dining table + 2 feet. This is the length. Cut this length x 2' out of both the lining & the velvet.
* To emboss the velvet, set your iron to high. (If it is synthetic, use correct temp, going a level higher if needed. Test so you don't melt it!) Place your stamp, rubber-side up on the ironing board. Place your velvet right-side down onto stamp. Hold stamp under the fabric & iron directly onto the velvet. I like to hold it for 1-2 minutes. Repeat as desired.
* Cut 3" squares of velvet. Place a bead in the middle of a square. Gather up the sides, then the corners. Pinch them in place & tightly wrap a length of metallic thread several times around the gather. Tie 2 double knots & cut off ends. Trim excess fabric off the bead. Make 12.
* Place right sides of lining & velvet together. Pin. Sew together along edges leaving 1/4" all around. Leave a 6" opening. Turn inside out.
* Place runner on ironing board, velvet-side down. Place a towel over it to iron. Try to tug at the lining a bit so that the fold is on the velvet side & hides the lining.
* Handstitch the opening closed.
* To attach beads, place 6 pins along each end of the runner to mark. Using another length of metallic thread, tack into gathered fabric on bead. Pull needle out & into runner, leaving 1" of thread. Pull out of runner, leave an inch, tack into bead. Repeat with al 12.