Do you like how I called this "Kid Friendly" as a euphemism for "embarrassingly simple"? This is how it goes folks - when I sew, I don't mind complicated and technical, when I no-sew, it's going to look like a 3rd grade project, at best.
I also don't know whether this is a true "runner", as it only sits in the center of the table, but let's not quibble over the name and get onto the tutorial!
(I apologize in advance for the flash photography. This was a true "crafterhours" project. In fact, it was "crafter" my bedtime too.)
Grab your supplies:
A few yards of patriotic ribbon
A large rectangle of red felt (or make it a full runner size)
Dark blue and white felt scraps
double-sided fusible, embroidery floss & needle, glue gun, or sewing machine, depending on how you want to affix your stars
a star template (I just printed one out from google images after googling "star template" :)
Step 1: Frame the red felt with the patriotic ribbon. I laid down two strips of fusible tape on one side of my rectangle, you may need more or less depending on the width of your ribbon. Then I carefully laid a length of ribbon over it and pressed it down with my iron.
Step 2: Before you cover another side of the rectangle with ribbon, create a mitered corner in your ribbon by fusing it to itself with a small scrap of fusible tape.
Step 3: Fuse the mitered corner down over the first ribbon to make a nice neat edge. As you see, there is a little bit of felt sticking out beyond my ribbon. That's fine, you can trim it later, and it's better than having a little bit of fusible tape sticking out. For, as Abraham Lincoln once said, "Tis better to leave a little felt to trim than to fuse one's iron to the ironing board." Or something.
Continue until all 4 sides are covered. Your last piece will have a mitered corner on each side. At this point, I observed what I had, observed the clock, and thought that maybe I should call it finished. But then a tiny voice in my head (who sounded suspiciously like Susan), argued that I needed to add some decoration.
This is the part where the kids can help. Print out a star template, and cut two or three different sized stars from white and blue felt. If you're planning on fusing them to the runner, make sure you lay the felt over a piece of double-sided fusible before cutting out the template. Otherwise you can hot glue them, or hand or machine stitch them on. Mine are just fused right now, but I plan to go over them with my machine to secure them. On a day when I'm not expecting 8 visitors from America, perhaps.
And that's it! Down and dirty easy last minute table decor!