I found a wonderful tutorial for a runner on Amy Smart's blog http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/08/table-runner-tutorial.html. Thanks Amy for posting such awesome tutorials!! Amy's instructions are very clear and detailed. I've made two runners since I saw her tutorial and they were easy and fast. The blue, yellow and pink runner is for my sister as she just painted her kitchen and I thought this would be very nice for spring and summer.
The second runner I just finished today is for my daughter and her husband. They just bought a house and I wanted to make them a runner for their kitchen table as well.
These runners can be made mainly with scraps of fabric you have. The largest piece of fabric required is for your backing and you could even piece that if you wanted to. The sky is the limit with this type of runner.
Everything was stitched using the sewing machine except sewing down the binding which I sewed by hand. I'm so pleased with these that I already know I want to make more. Well, I'll need one for my kitchen too. ;)