Show your patriotism and creativity with this colorful stars-and-stripes table runner. Whether you’re decorating for the Fourth of July, Flag Day, Memorial Day or just feeling a bit of national pride, this piece is sure to make a statement. Use it outdoors to liven up a picnic table, or create a bold look by placing it over a solid-colored red, white or blue tablecloth. One thing’s for sure. There will be plenty of oohs and aahs. No one has to know just how easy it is to make!
BEFORE YOU START
- Make sure you have plenty of workspace, and have all cutting and measuring tools nearby.
- For small fabric pieces, bypass the large ironing board and keep a small tabletop ironing board nearby.
- Block out a set amount of time to work on this project. It doesn’t have to be finished in one session. Keep yourself fresh by blocking out 30 minutes at a time.
45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)
12″ x 18″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-CG)
6″ x 24″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)
6.5″ x 6.5″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6S)
5/8 yd. backing material
22″ x 44″ piece cotton batting
3/8 yd. red fabric for top
2/3 yd. white fabric for top
2/3 yd. blue fabric for stars on top and binding
- Trim the backing fabric and batting to 22″ x WOF (width of fabric, approximately 44″). Fold the batting in half to find the center of the long side of the piece. Draw a line down the center of the batting. Use this line to place stripes in step 3.
- Trim red and white stripes to these dimensions:
Red fabric: Using your rotary cutter and self-healing rotary mat, cut 6 strips 2″ x WOF. Fold strips in half end to end and cut in center, giving you 12 strips, approximately 2″ x 22″. Note: You will only use 11 of the 12 red strips.
White fabric: Cut 4 strips 2″ x WOF. Cut these in half so you have 8 strips, approximately 2″ x 22″ each.
- Lay backing, print side down, on work surface, then lay batting on top.
Assemble the red and white stripes:
- Place one red strip centered on the line you drew on the batting facing up. Layer one white strip directly over the red strip (right sides together).
- Pin together strips and sew 1/4″ from edge on one side of the white strip. You’ll sew through all the layers. After stitching, flip the white strip over and iron flat.
- Continue to add strips in each direction until you have 9 strips of red and 8 strips of white added.
Make the stars and end strips:
- Cut the fabric pieces for 6 stars:
· 24 white 3-1/2″ x 2″ strips
· 24 white 2″ squares
· 48 blue 2″ squares
· 6 blue 3-1/2″ squares for center of stars
- To make the points of the star, lay one 2″ blue square on a 3-1/2″ x 2″ white strip (right sides together). Sew a diagonal line from the top corner to the bottom inner corner of the blue square (Diagram 1).
- Trim off corner, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance, and iron the seam open.
- Repeat on opposite corner. When you iron the seam open, you’ll have a set of points for one side of your star (Diagram 2). Make 3 more sets of points.
- Sew a set of points onto opposite ends of the 3-1/2″ square (Diagram 3) and press seams open.
- On the remaining 2 star point pieces, sew a white 2″ square onto each end (see Diagram 4) and press seams open.
- Assemble and sew the block pieces as shown (Diagram 5).
- Repeat these steps to make a total of 6 stars. Each star should measure 6-1/2″.
Assemble the Stars and Stripes
- Sew 3 star blocks together to form a border strip measuring 6-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.
- After you’ve made both star strips, double-check your width. Trim your table runner with the red and white strips to the width of the star strips.
- Add the star borders to each end using the same “stitch and flip” method used in adding the red and white strips.
- Finish the table runner with a red strip at each end.
- Add binding and your project is done. Display it proudly!
TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS:
- Use a 1/4″ piecing foot on your sewing machine for accurate seam allowances.
- Make a table runner for anytime of year by shaking up the color palette. Light pink, green and white stripes and stars would welcome spring. A combo of burnt orange, brown and cream works double-duty from Halloween to Thanksgiving.