No matter what I tried, it would not become the runner I wanted. So, it stared at me every time I walked by the door, every time I fed the fish, every time I vacuumed in there. Skip ahead of it driving me insane for a few weeks, DD is putting plastic bags in the bag holder and the elastic snaps. It's only 12 or so years old, hmm, now what am I going to do? DING!
It never wanted to be a table runner, it's destiny was as a bag holder.
It is now happy and useful in the kitchen and not staring at me any more!