Then I needed to iron what felt like a mile of edges to turn them to make the mitered corners. There was a lot of scorching of fingers as I measured and held down the fabric the right amount and then set down the steamy iron next to my fingers.
This was a bit of a learning process. I got better at the mitered corners and the final hemming as I went along. Maybe I should have started on the dresser runners first, because they won't get seen as closely, but the dining room runners happened to be at the top of the pile.
But, now that I've learned what a hassle these are to make, I don't think I want to apply my not-so-smoothly-cut stencil. I might need to hold out for the stencil cutting machine, since I'll probably end up buying one. And I have now exhausted my linen supply so if I need to make a new set for some reason, I'd have to buy more of this matching linen.
So, after posting this post, it occurred to me that if I wanted to be able to use these with a family gathering, I would have to make a longer one for when the table had the leaves in it. So, there you go, I'll have to make another long one and perhaps another short one. I am going to have to buy more linen the next time it goes on sale. Hopefully, with my newfound skills, I'll be able to whip it out a bit more quickly and less grumpily next time. =)