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4th of July Table Runner

Kimberlee Tanner

While other projects are on hold while Missy finishes her house, we decided it would be fun to share a few simple quilted holiday table runners!

This month, we are sharing a table runner perfect for the 4th of July. It's quick and easy and the perfect addition to your home decor.

Want a kit? We have all the fabric you'll need for the top, binding, and backing, plus batting for only $12!

4th of July Table Runner Kit

Table Runners are a great way to make a fun and quick quilted project. They are perfect for trying new piecing or quilting techniques. Their small size also makes them perfect for beginners.

 

How to Make a Quilted 4th of July Table Runner

This table runner features, of course, stars and stripes! It uses small amounts of fabric and would work great with scraps. You can use prints or solids, and if you wanted to, you could even use different prints for each of the cut pieces. If you go full scrappy like this, just make sure to mix up your blue scraps when putting your stars together.

This table runner finishes at 11 1/2 x 29 1/2". 

To make a longer table runner, simply make more stars and stripes blocks. Make 1 more star block than stripes block. Measure your finished runner and cut borders to match.

Fabric Requirements

  • White - 3/8 yard
  • Blue - 5 x 27" piece
  • Red - 7 1/2 x 9 1/2" piece
  • 1/4 yard Binding
  • 1/2 yard Back

Cutting Instructions

White

  • Cut 4 - 5" squares
  • Cut 8 - 3 1/2" squares
  • Cut 4 - 1 1/2 x 9 1/2" strips

For the Borders cut (see note at the bottom of the post before cutting):

  • 2 - 1 1/2 x 9 1/2" strips
  • 2 - 1 1/2 x 29 1/2" strips

Blue

  • Cut 4 - 5" squares
  • Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares

Red

  • Cut 5 - 1 1/2 x 9 1/2" strips

Make the Stripes Block

  1. Sew the 5 red and 4 white 1 1/2 x 9 1/2" strips together along the long side, starting and ending with a red strip.
  2. Press.
red and white stripes block

Make the Star Blocks

Make 8 Half Square Triangles (HST):

  1. Place a white 5" square on top of a blue 5" square, right sides together. 
  2. Draw a line from corner to corner.
  3. Sew 1/4" on either side of the line.
  4. Cut on your drawn line. Press to the blue.
  5. Repeat with all 5" squares to make 8 HSTs.

hst diagrams

Make 8 Quarter Square Triangles (QST):

  1. Place 2 Blue/White HSTs on top of each other, right sides together with the blue and white sides alternating.
  2. Draw a line from the corner to corner, across your seam.
  3. Sew 1/4" on either side of the line.
  4. Cut on your drawn line. Press.
  5. Trim your QST to 3 1/2" blocks, making sure to measure from the center point (1 3/4" on either side of the center point).
  6. Repeat with all HSTs to make 8 QSTs.

qst diagrams

Layout your QST blocks and the 3 1/2" white and blue squares, following the diagram below.

  1. Sew the top row together.
  2. Sew the middle row together.
  3. Sew the bottom row together.
  4. Sew the rows together.

Repeat for 2 Star Blocks.

star block

Putting the Blocks Together

Lay out the three blocks with the stripes in the middle, following the diagram below. Sew together.

Add a 1 1/2 x 9 1/2" border strip to each side. Press.

Add a 1 1/2 x 29 1/2" border strip to the top and bottom. Press.

A quick note on the borders: We recommend waiting to cut the length until after you have sewn the blocks together and then measure your finished table runner and cutting the final borders to fit.

Layer with batting and backing, quilt, and bind.

4th of july table runner diagram

If you have any questions, let us know!

Happy Quilting!

Kimie and Missy


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