Are you a fan of prims, or primitive décor? Prims are super popular, and you’ll find lots of inspiration in magazines like Create & Decorate and the aptly named Prims. Today I’m sharing a charming, patriotic & prim, folk art craft designed by Debra Quartermain. This Prim & Proper Americana Flag & Crow has it all – a little heart, a bit of stitching, a dab of paint, lots of buttons, and easy needle felting. It’s perfect for July 4th, and lovely year-round, too. This patriotic craft project can be made in an afternoon, and Debra always does her best to make it easy.
To make a Prim & Proper Americana Flag & Crow, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 7″ x 12″ x 1″ Block
- Fabrics: Muslin, 8” x 18”; check, 4” x 8”
- Wool felt, 9” x 18”
- Polyester stuffing, 2 oz.
- Buttons, 60 assorted in pearl & natural finishes
- Wooden skewer
- Ivory floss, 2 oz.
- Wool roving: Natural, navy, cherry, 2 oz. each
- Thread, coordinating color
- Black paint
- Fabric glue
- Tools needed: Felting needle; foam pad; pencil; craft knife; scissors; embroidery needle; ruler; disappearing marker; sewing machine
To make a Prim & Proper Americana Flag & Crow:
1. Trace and cut out all pattern pieces. Fold check fabric in half, right sides together. Center heart pattern on folded fabric and trace. Fold muslin in half, center crow pattern on fabric, and trace.
2. Sew heart and crow along drawn lines. Cut out ¼” from stitching, and make small clips along the curved edges. On back sides, cut a small slit in center of each piece, and turn right sides out.
3. Stuff heart and crow with fiberfill. Sew slits shut.
4. Paint crow with black paint and set aside to dry. Repeat till crow is black. Paint skewer black.
5. Cut out the star and a 7” by 12” rectangle from the natural felt.
6. Sew the buttons onto the star with floss, covering the star completely.
7. Using the ruler and disappearing ink marker, measure and mark seven lines, spaced 1” apart, across the foam block. Measure & mark a 3 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle in upper, left-hand corner.
7. Cover corner and sides with navy wool roving and felt into place.
8. Needle felt cherry and natural wool roving in alternating stripes, covering sides, too, and ending on the back.
9. Glue star to front of flag.
10. Cut skewer in half. Make small holes in bottom of bird and glue in skewer legs. Make small holes in left side of flag, add glue and insert legs. Glue heart to beak.
11. Cover back side of flag with felt.
Debra is well known for her cute & cuddly no-sew creations, and if you like her style, you’ll find many more of her whimsical creations on StyrofoamCrafts.com in the Cuddly Critters category.
Tomorrow I’m excited to feature a July 4th wreath by another favorite designer, Patty Schaffer. I know you’ll love her patriotic design too!
Till then, happy crafting!