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Embroidered bed runner with thistle pattern on white duvet

Quiltbroidery bed runner

Download this stylish, free embroidery quilting pattern and follow our step-by-step guide to create an easy, elegant bed or table runner.

Close up of swirly embroidering on red and green bed runner place

Embroidery data

Embroidery data download
Finished size: 146 x 146mm
Stitches: 3718
Colours: 1

Please note:

This design is only for machines that can take a 150 x 150mm or larger hoop.
The design is in PEN format and can only be read by Brother embroidery machines. This design is not editable.


Bed runner materials

  • 2 large, good quality art tea towels, or 4 pieces of 30 x 43cm printed fabric
  • Heavy linen in two contrasting colours – we used raspberry and green to go with our printed design
  • 1m linen for the back, 115cm or 150cm wide
  • 1m tassel trim for ends

Cutting list

  1. Printed fabric/tea towels: 4 pieces of 30 x 43cm
  2. Green: 2 pieces of 23.5 x 43cm for ends, 1 of 15 x 43 cm for centre
  3. Raspberry: 2 pieces of 15 x 43cm
  4. Backing: 188 x 44cm

Note - finished size: 188 x 40cm

red green quiltbroidery runner with thistle pattern on chest of drawer

Bed runner how to

Step 1

Sew the front together in this order:
Bed Runner Layout

Step 2

Press the seams open.


Step 3

Place the back onto the front, right sides facing and sew along the two long sides. Leave the short sides unsewn.


Step 4

Trim the seams. Cut the two layers in different lengths, to create a stepped seam allowance. Snip all the corners off cross seams. It is important to get rid of as much bulk as possible.
Press the seams open.


Step 5

Turn out so the right side is now facing out. Lay your runner flat and press the edges well.


Step 6

Stitch in the ditch along all the seams to fix the two layers in place.


Step 7

Download the quiltbroidery pattern above. We’re now going to embroider onto our quilt.

If you have a larger machine like the Luminaire or Stellaire, duplicate your design so you can do two units at a time. Use the camera and projector (Luminaire) or the My Design Snap App (Stellaire) to position and join the quilt designs.

Tip: Work out what the best placement for your hoop and for the size of your piece is. For example, if you turn the design 90 degrees, you may be able to fit two repeats into your hoop, and that will fill the width of the piece. Once you have worked out your repeats, you could place the two designs and then save that on your machine as one design.


Step 8

Start in the centre and work your way outward to one side. Then repeat with the other sides.

As the fabric is quite heavy and the stitching is light, there is no need for a stabiliser. Just hoop a section at a time. If your machine’s hoop is big enough, double up on the design to you get the maximum quilting area per hooping.

If you have a border frame or the new magnetic sash frame, they are the ones that are better to use for this project. If not, just use a standard embroidery frame.

Tip: Your thread choice is important! We used a variegated embroidery thread, which did not show up too much in the patterned areas, but stood out nicely on the two contrast colours. To get an idea of how your thread will stitch out on the piece roll some thread off the reel and lay it in ‘squiggles’ on your quilt. Try the thread on all the different areas to see the effect.

Step 9

When all the quilting is done, trim all loose ends and add the tassel trim to the two short ends.


We can’t wait to see what you make! Remember to tag in Brother on Instagram and Facebook so we can share your makes and inspire others.

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