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I'm planning to sew some table top runners with some lovely decorator fabric strips I've been given. They're about 15 inches wide and at least 45 inches long. I'd plan to back and LEAVE ONE SHORT END FINISHED BUT JOINED. Since I think I want to use them as long hot mats down the middle of my dining room table to avoid the "I've got the hot thing but the mat's at the end of the table" dilemma we have during family get togethers.

My need....since I'll be making a bunch and I'd rather avoid the expense and effort of lining each one, I thought there might be a "something" out there that I could just slide in whichever runner/pad we were using. Not too thick to reduce the risk of a hot dish rocking on the edge. I'm think I'd like it stiff enough to just slide in rather than one long piece of fabric padding. I can sew moderately well (straight curtains, Halloween costumes) but don't quilt or make clothes.

Thanks for any help you can offer. I've made curtains with the largest pieces but these strips are just the right size and the patterns are lovely.

Mary Ellen
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You can buy rolls of cork board that can be cut into any shape or length you want. It would be stiff enough to slide into the runner so it could be used as a hot pad and easily removed so you could wash the fabric runner.

You can find cork rolls and tiles at most home improvement stores and some craft stores.

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Corrugated cardboard, cut from large discarded boxes?
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Thanks for your thoughts. Since I hope to make a bunch of these to share with the family, it just seems sensible to make the sheaths and only one filler per family since I'm not quilter.

Mary Ellen
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