Sharing good food and good company with friends and family have brought some of our best memories over the years, at both The Factory Café and at home.

Favorites like Roasted Pork Loin and New PotatoesZucchini Caesar Salad, Pimento Cheese, Pepper Biscuits, Apple BBQ Sauce, Lane Cake, and Gram Perkins Chocolate Pie have graced the café and our tables during countless holiday dinners, birthday celebrations, summer cookouts, and impromptu dinner parties.

Holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve (which will all be here before you know it) allow you to open your own home to family and friends to share fellowship and some of your favorite recipes.


At the heart of those holiday meals is a welcoming table. Anne Ryan, our events and catering coordinator for The Factory Café, worked with The School of Making to create a simple and eco-friendly decorating option for our café tables: a DIY stenciled table runner.

This table runner works up quickly; simply cut a piece of 18” wide kraft paper the length of your table (or use the width and lengths of your choice). Using our Textile Paint, an airbrush gun, and your favorite School of Making stencil, paint the design all over the paper, at each end, or however your creativity guides you. Let the paint dry completely and the runner is ready to use.


You could also utilize your own stencil or paint a design free-hand. To reduce waste, for your next gathering flip the paper over and stencil a new design on the blank side.

We chose the Variegated Stripe and Aurora stencils for the designs shown above.

Share how you plan to stencil your table runner and some of your family’s favorite recipes in the comments below.

For an heirloom-quality keepsake, make the Striped and Magdalena Table Runners from the DIY Sewing Kits page or custom design your own.


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