Thursday, June 19, 2014

Star Table Runner and Place Mats

Hey everyone! I've been enjoying some 4th-of-July crafting lately. 

For quite some time now, I've been thinking about a star table runner that has been floating around on Pinterest. Alas, there wasn't a tutorial or anything of the like. 
 So cute though, right? 

Even without a pattern or tutorial, I decided to go for it. 
I took a trip to my favorite fabric shop, The Ribbon Retreat, picked me out some traditional red and blue patriotic fabric and went for it. I decided that even though I really liked the white stars on the fabric above and some of The Ribbon Retreat's red and blue fabrics with white on them, I was going to avoid having much white--I mean, they are place mats after all. And since I have young children.... 

 I think it turned out really fun and festive. I like seeing it on my table. :)
AND not only does it look cute, but there's a hidden little secret about it. 
Do you see it?

 Each star is buttoned to the other so that you can take it apart and use each as a place mat! So fun! (Also much easier for making, not having to worry about this crazy-long table runner being in the way as I sew.)

 I also randomly appliqued a contrasting star on each of the place mats for a little punch of color and pizazz. 

The whole project went really smooth, once I got started.
I must admit, it was a real bugger trying to make myself a template. Trying to get it all symmetrical and the right size, etc. I really messed with it for a LONG time, then I got smart. :) 

Here's your pattern: 
I printed out 5 large diamonds on cardstock, cut them out, then taped them together. 
Worked like a charm. 

You can print out this image, or download this PDF file.
Either way, print out 5, cut them out, tape them together and then you should have a good star shape that is the perfect size for a place mat.

To Sew The Stars:
1. Place right sides of your fabric together and some interfacing. I used fusible fleece interfacing so that they'd be a bit cushy. 
2. Use your template to cut through all three pieces. (I found it easiest to cut them all out together to make up for any imperfections in your star template. Plus just plain time efficient.)
3. If using fusible interfacing, go ahead and iron it now to stick it on. 
4. Sew around the edges (right sides still together). Leave one side of the star open so that you can flip it right-side-out. Before you do flip it though, trim the fabric close to each of the points and cut little slits in the v's so that it wont' bunch too much. Flip the star right-side-out.
5. Once it is flipped right-side-out, stick all the points out (I used a knitting needle to push the points out). Iron if necessary.
6. Now sew around the star again really close to the edge, making sure to close the open side. 
7. Sew on a button and a button hole and your done. :)
8. Optional step: spray with scotch guard to help repel stains. 

I hope you're having fun with your 4th of July crafting! It's almost here. :)


  1. Using buttons is a smart idea! Love your additional little star on every mat :)

  2. That is so cute!! And you could make this for any holiday! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:

  3. Saw this on craft gawker.. Love it. Thanks for sharing

  4. So cute! :) The button idea is awesome!

  5. Very cute! I pinned these!! :)

  6. So cute! I really love it. It brings just the right pop of color and it's multi-functional. So clever. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas


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