Patriotic Table Runner

My table needed a little something to go with the patriotic centerpiece that I created last summer so I crafted a coordinating table runner using materials that I had on hand in my sewing stash.


I like this so much that it may just stay on my table all summer!

Materials Needed:
Drop Cloth
Patriotic Fabrics
Stitch Witchery/Iron
Ruler/Rotary Cutter/Sewing Machine

How To:
1.  Measure your table to determine the size of your runner.  I had a small drop cloth on hand from another project and was able to use a section of it that was already hemmed on two sides.  I turned under the other two sides and stitched into place.

The plastic backing on this drop cloth gives it some stability, making it a perfect weight for a runner.


2.  Cut two 6×6 squares from a blue fabric and from a red striped fabric eight 1×6 pieces and six 1×12 pieces.

The pieces make a flag for either end of the runner.

3.  Using stitch witchery, iron the pieces to both ends of the runner.  (Make sure to use a press cloth with stitch witchery or you may get goo on your iron.)

4.  The runner is now ready to use and enjoy!

I’m sharing with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, with Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios, with Beth’s Tutorials and Tips Link Party at Home Stories A 2 Z, with Jen’s Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Taterots and Jello, with the CSI Project’s Red, White, or Blue Challenge, and with I Savor the Weekend’s Patriotic Linky Party.

Patriotic Linky Party


  1. Great job Paula! How did you tennis match go?

  2. How cute is that, Paula???
    Great job!


  3. Country Wings in Phoenix says:

    Hi Paula Sweetie…
    Oh say can you see? I love it. How beautiful the red, white and blue looks on your table. I love the way the stripes have a ripple to them. Just perfect, and with the plastic backing it will make it waterproof on your wood. I love it. Great job sweetie.

    Have a gorgeous week. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  4. Miss Char says:

    Great idea Paula, aren’t drop cloths just the best? I think keeping this on the table all summer is a perfect idea.

  5. Melissa Miller says:

    Paula it’s a precious idea for the table. It all came out wonderful.

    Happy summer sweet friend!
    ~Melissa 🙂

  6. How creative….love this!

  7. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Paula I love this! How pretty! A true metamorphosis.

    If you have a moment, please stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday to you.

  8. Lauren {whimsy lane} says:

    I’ve been bitten by the patriotic bug too! I spent all weekend whipping up crafts and tutorials! This table runner is so awesome- good job mama!

  9. Domestic Designer says:

    Love the idea of using a drop cloth! Perfect idea. Now you have inspired me to do a patriotic table. Thanks!

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    That is so cool, Paula! You did a great job. 🙂 Love the contrasts in patterns on the flag!

  11. I love it! I’m thinking you should make it’s twin and do a 4th of July giveaway! (Don’t you love how my mind thinks?)

  12. FrouFrouBritches says:

    That’s so stinkin’ cute!!!! I love it! It looks great with your centerpiece!!

  13. Jenni R. says:

    Thanks for a great idea and simple too! (Not that is looks like it!) I need to go see if we have something like this that will work. Great job!

  14. iSavor the Weekend says:

    Paula, thanks so much for linking to my Patriotic party. Your entry is one of my favorites and must copy this idea for my table! Thanks again bloggy friend 🙂

  15. Jann Olson says:

    Hi, visiting from The Patriotic link party. Very cute, I love the fabrics tha you chose. The flag looks as thought it’s waving. Your table looks so clean and fresh. Must admit, I am a gobbster. I gob mine up to the max. Hee-hee!

  16. iSavor the Weekend says:

    Just stopping by again to say thank you for posting on my Patriotic linky party. I love your home and your ideas!! 🙂

  17. Thanks for sharing this. I made one today and it turned out great!


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