Nordic Star Table Runner free pattern

Hi friends! I get so excited when I get to share fun projects with you. Today I bring you the Nordic Star Table Runner pattern, and it’s free! This project has simple piecing and it’s really quick to make. Even though it’s only August, this is a great time to be get a head start on holiday gift and decor making. I chose a red and white color palette, but you could customize the colors for any occasion. Your dining table will look fabulous!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

The finished runner measures 15″ x 54″ and the blocks are 12″ finished. You could add or substract the number of blocks to make the table runner longer or shorter. This 54″ length is just right for a 72″ table. I always have a seasonal table runner on my kitchen/dining room table. They make great gifts too!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!
The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

Nordic Star Table Runner Pattern

You can download the Nordic Star Table Runner pattern below. If you’re reading this in an email or RSS feed, it might show up differently and you’ll need to click over to my blog to access it.

The pattern includes a supply list along with complete instructions. Please be aware that this is a free pattern and has not been tested for accuracy. I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible, but I’m also human. If you find any errors or discrepancies, please send me an email and I’ll look into it as soon as possible.

The fabric used in my sample came from my stash and it’s a few years old. I don’t have fabric manufacturer information except for the background fabric which is Spotted by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics in white.

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

The backing fabric is from the Merry Stitches collection by Cori Dantini for Blend (no longer available) and another fabric from my stash. I like to use my fabric as efficiently as possible so I pieced the backing with two coordinating prints. I used 1/2 yard of fabric for the center and cut 1/4 yard of a different fabric into two pieces and sewed those to each short end of the large piece. It’s also nice to have a reversible table runner.

Deciding on a quilting design is often the hardest part of the process for me. To make things simple (and fast) I chose straight, parallel lines spaced 1/2″ apart. I used a hera marker and a ruler to mark the lines at first but they were hard for me to see. I switched to an air erasable marker and that made a big difference (plus it made me work fast!) I also like how the straight lines give the table runner more of a home decor-like appearance rather than a cozy quilt on the table. I just hope nobody spills their red wine on my beautiful table runner!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

I had a leftover piece of batting that was the exact size I needed for this table runner. I believe it’s a 80/20 cotton/poly blend. I sewed the binding on entirely by machine. I love this method for projects that I know will be washed often. I have a tutorial on my machine binding technique here.

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

Even though it’s the middle of summer, I’m imagining this table runner will be just perfect for the holidays. It took some effort to bust out the Christmas “treasure chest” of decorations but it was worth it. (How could I resist a cute gnome?) I love the versatility of a red and white color combination. It can also be used for Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

I recently indulged in some new fabric: Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. I ordered ten half-yard cuts from Hunnie Quilt on Etsy. My package came quickly and it was wrapped so nicely! Oh my goodness, it’s so pretty! I absolutely have to make another table runner out of some of it.

Christmas Morning fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics would be perfect for the Nordic Star Table Runner.

I made a few mock-ups in EQ using Christmas Morning fabrics and another in what I call “modern farmhouse” colors. The possibilities are endless!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Shown with Christmas Morning fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Shown with Christmas Morning fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Nordic Star Table Runner Pattern by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter

You might also be interested in the original inspiration for this table runner. It came from my Nordic Mini Quilt Along (six years ago)! The original Nordic Star block measures 4 1/4″ (finished)! It makes up one row of a mini quilt and it’s still one of my favorites.

Nordic Mini quilt by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free tutorial and QAL.
The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

I hope you enjoy this Nordic Star Table Runner pattern. I had so much fun making it and I’d love to see your version too. You can use the hashtag #nordicstartablerunner on Instagram and tag me @TheCraftyQuilter. Happy quilting!

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Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

41 thoughts on “Nordic Star Table Runner free pattern

  1. Beautiful table runner Julie and the colors are perfect for a holiday quilt project! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Fabelaktig (fabulous) design for a table runner Julie! Thank you for sharing your pattern, that is very generous of you. Love the fabrics you chose too.

  3. Thank you so very much – lovely pattern and fabrics! I hope to make this soon- before the holiday rush! Very nice of you to offer this.

  4. Thank you for this free pattern! I used the mini Nordic snowflake in some Christmas stockings for my grandkids and loved them! I’ll be making this for my daughter! I appreciate an occasional free pattern, too very generous!

  5. Thank you for sharing the pattern for this Lovely table runner, I Love everything about it, the fabric choices are charming!
    Thanks again !

  6. Thank you Julie for the beautiful pattern. I absolutely love red and white quilts and I love the straight line quilting.

  7. Love your Nordic Star Table Runner! Thank you for sharing the pattern and your inspiration and encouragement, Julie!

  8. Julie,

    Good morning. Your Nordic Star table runner is beautiful. Thank you for the pattern. I also love the mock-up using the Lella Boutique fabrics. I see a table runner in my near future!
    P.S. I’m making a list today for my dinner meal planning this week! 🙂

  9. Oh my, I love this table runner!!!! I am going to make one today! Your Nordic Star is fabulous. I love the red and white. I printed your free pattern. Thank you sew much. Your straight line quilting makes your runner even more fabulous

  10. Julie, thank you for this lovely pattern! My great-grandparents came to America from Norway. This is a runner that I will be making to honor them….plus, I love it!

  11. Thank you for the pattern. I think it’s beautiful. I’m hoping to get some Christmas projects done early this year, and this is one I’m adding to my list.

  12. Thank you for sharing this pattern. Plan on making my newlywed oldest son and his sweet wife (who loves Swedish style) a runner for pre-Christmas gift.
    Hugs………Rosalie

  13. Love this pattern! I’ve been looking for a red fabric pattern for new kitchen placemats I want to make. I think I can work your finished 12” blocks into a placemat perhaps also using some parts of your Nordic mini quilt. I’m sure I’ll also make the table runner for Christmas. Thanks Julie for sharing your talents.

  14. Hi Julie – I made your Nordic Mini a few years ago. It’s hanging on my mini quilt wall. It’s still a beauty. I’m very proud of it. I tend to love Scandinavian design. So … I’m going to make your table runner version of it! Hope you and your beautiful family are well.

  15. Impeccable as everything you make! Too bad we can’t these fabrics here in Argentina, but will scrounge around and see what we have. Many thanks!

  16. What a great blog issue, Julie! I love your table runner and hope to make one myself. (I’m thinking blues from my stash.) Your new fabrics are luscious. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.
    Many thanks for being a quilting inspiration.
    Barb

  17. Thank you, Julie! Love your chosen colors. The size of the runner is perfect, thank you again for the pattern.

  18. Another wonderful tutorial for a great runner pattern! Appreciate it so much, especially when using non-precuts dimensions in blocks.

  19. Thanks for the pattern!!! I am sew excited to make it for the winter season on our bar in the kitchen… we will use it as a placemat for the two of us 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing different ideas on colors too!
    Kathi

  20. Oh yes, I am definitely going to have to make this. Originally I thought I would want to do it in blue but the red is absolutely beautiful so now a decision will have to be made. Or … I suppose I could make one of each? Also I like that the quilting on this can be straight line quilting. I might actually be able to get it finished before several years go by. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I sure do love it!

  21. Julie – thank you for this great pattern. I’m heading off to see what I have in my stash to make the stars.

  22. Love this pattern, thank you. Using your colors, it could also be used on Labor day, Presidents’ day, etc.

  23. Thank you soooo much Julie! You do such beautiful work…anxious to make this up! Very generous of you❤️

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