I know you’re the crafty sort, so I probably don’t have to explain to you how working on one project can lead to another and another . . . right? When I attended SNAP earlier this year, I was invited to participate in the I Love the USA blog hop for Laura Kelly’s new America the Beautiful fabric, sold in Jo-Ann Stores. As I worked on my project with Laura’s fabric, a few more ideas came to mind. As a result, I now have a mini series of patriotic flag crafts. Laura’s flag debuts on Friday, and today, I’m sharing the Vintage Ruffled Flag I made.
This isn’t the easiest flag I made, but it’s quite do-able. If you have an evening, you can make it. Ruffling the fabric strips took the most time, and as I was basting and gathering, I was really wishing that my ruffler foot wasn’t broken!
To make a Vintage Ruffled Flag, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
- Cotton fabric, 1/3 yd. each red, cream and blue print. You might squeak by with ¼ yd., but you’ll have no room for error. (I found my fabric at Jo-Ann Stores)
- Buttons*, assorted red, white and blue (I used a collection from Laura Kelly and Buttons Galore)
- Ribbon: 1” x 62” in navy; wired ribbon for hanger
- Straight pins
- Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sewing machine; ruler; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat
(*Note: These buttons were provided to me for free by Buttons Galore.)
To make a Vintage, Ruffled Flag:
1. Measure and cut the following strips of fabric:
- Cream fabric: Two, 2” x 36” and two, 2” x 24” strips
- Red fabric: Two, 2” x 36” and two, 2” x 24” strips
- Blue fabric: Four, 2” x 18” strips
2. Stitch a long basting stitch along the top edge of each fabric strip. Gently pull the bottom, bobbin thread on each strip to ruffle the fabric. You’ll need ruffled strips in these approximate lengths:
- Cream fabric: Two, 18” strips and two, 11” strips
- Red fabric: Two, 18” strips and two, 11” strips
- Blue fabric: Four, 8” strips
These are approximate lengths. As you assemble your flag, you can fudge these to make your strips slightly longer or shorter, as needed.
3. Pin and glue the 1” navy blue ribbon around the sides of the foam sheet.
4. Measure and draw a line 2” from the bottom of the flag. Pin and glue your first, 18” cream ruffled strip along this line. If you’re using a thick, white craft glue, the pins will hold the ruffle in place till the glue dries. Low-temp glue will set faster, but you’ll have to work quickly to position your ruffle before the glue dries.
5. Continue to add the 18” ruffles, overlapping each by about ½”. Next, add the shorter, 10” ruffles. As you work, you can gather the strips more tightly, or fold under at the ends, so that the ruffles fit.
6. Add the blue ruffles, starting with the bottom ruffle. The right edge of each blue ruffle will overlap the red and cream ruffles by an inch or so.
7. Glue assorted buttons onto the field of blue.
8. Pin and glue ribbon for hanging to each corner.
For more patriotic inspiration, here’s what’s being showcased today in the I Love the USA blog hop:
- If you want to make a summer wreath, check out the Patriotic Wreath made by Carla of Carla Schauer Designs. I love that it’s square!
- I thought Allie’s Patriotic Windsock was ingenious, and a sure sign that summer’s arrived. You’ll find Allie at My Card Party.
- Tracy from Australia blogs at Scrappy Chick Designs. Her scrapbook layout is a must-see (the ruffled border is adorable). She also created a picnic set and very clever sparkler cards.
- Do you remember making sit-upons in Girl Scouts? Laura Bray of Laura Bray Designs shares a tutorial for a DIY Sit-Upon that’s a lot cuter than the ones I remember.
- You’ll use the Patriotic Picnic Pail by Laura Kelly all summer long. This one is really handy!
- Paulette shares a cute crayon & crafts travel kit for the kiddos, and a decoupaged flower pot, too, on Me and My Peeps.
Are you planning a few patriotic craft projects? Then you might want to check out Cre8time’s Patriotic Red, White and Blue Photo Contest. There are some ca$h prizes!
I have two more flag crafts planned for this week, and Thursday’s flag is super-simple and a lot of fun – you won’t want to miss it.
Happy red, white and blue crafting.