Star Fish Runner

It won’t be long before I head to the beach to spend some time with family.  My mom keeps an old wooden bowl full of pretty shells on her table and I thought she’d enjoy having a table runner to use with her bowl.  This is what I came up with and will serve as a “thanks for having me” gift.  It’s on my table now but soon enough it will be on the table at the beach.


Making this was easy!  Here’s how:

Supplies Needed:
Drop Cloth
Sewing Machine / Tread / Scissors / Iron
Starfish printed from Google
Freezer Paper
Heat N Bond

How To:
1.  Determine the size of table runner that you’d like to make.  Cut the drop cloth to size and hem around all four sides.  I cut my drop cloth so that only two sides needed hemming.  I simply folded the side over and stitched.


2.  Find star fish images, print, and cut out.

3.  Trace images onto freezer paper, shiny side down, and cut out.

4.  Select coordinating fabrics to use for star fish.  (Heat N Bond will be used in a later step.)

5.  Set iron to medium heat and press freezer paper star fish to fabric.

5.  Cut Heat N Bond to your fabric size and then iron to the back side of fabric.

6.  Cut star fish out and peel waxed paper stencil from the right side of fabric.  Note that the Heat N Bond paper is on the back side of the paper.

7.  Peel Heat N Bond paper off of the back side of each star fish and arrange in a pleasing pattern on runner.  Iron into place

8.  Enjoy your new table runner!

I hope my mom likes it!



  1. Paula, I know your mama is gonna love her new table runner. Perfect for the cottage. Enjoy your time at the beach.

  2. Of course your mom will like it! She’ll love it! This is just perfect for a beach house–but it looks mighty good on your table, too.

    Have a great time!

  3. That looks really good Paula! don’t ya just love drop cloths? They are so handy for projects! I’m sure your mom will love it!

  4. “Sew” cute, Paula!! I’ve never tried the freezer paper method before…it looks pretty straightforward the way you have shared. Neat project!

  5. I love this!!! I love beach feel and the shells in the middle. It is so clean and fresh!
    So summery- oh I wish I was at the beach!

  6. Hey, Paula! Thanks for linking this up with me. 🙂 I’m having a hard time finding people who linked back this weekend, so I’m taking a few minutes to try and comment on those who did. I appreciate that! 🙂

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