Patriotic Flag Crafts: Make a Vintage Ruffled Flag

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.

Tutorial to make this Vintage Ruffled Flag. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

I like the flag hanging in a window, but you can also hang it on your front door, a front porch, or in a hallway or kitchen.

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!

How to make a Vintage Ruffled Flag. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

My strips are ruffled and ready to go.

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.)

  • Use these supplies to make a Vintage Ruffled Flag. Tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #FlagCrafts #PatrioticCrafts

    I wanted a vintage flare for the Ruffled Flag, and was excited to find the red floral fabric at Jo-Ann Stores. Perfect!

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.

It's easy to cover the edges of your Vintage Ruffled Flag with a 1" wide ribbon. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

The 1″ wide ribbon is the perfect size for covering the edges of your 1″-thick foam sheet.

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.

Ruffled fabric strips transform a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into a Vintage Ruffled Flag.

The pins will hold the ruffles in place while 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.

The Vintage, Ruffled Flag is almost done! Tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

Almost done!

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.

Tutorial to make this Vintage Ruffled Flag. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

Tomorrow’s flag will not be nearly as traditional as this Vintage Ruffled Flag!

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.


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32 Responses to Patriotic Flag Crafts: Make a Vintage Ruffled Flag

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  2. Elmer Cruz says:

    Fabulous.. Loves it very simple!

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  5. Kimberlee says:

    This is so cute! Love all the ruffles. Pinning this now.

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  8. hollybertone says:

    Hi Sharon – Love this! Thanks so much for joining our Patriot’s Palooza party and Happy Memorial Day! Hugs, Holly

  9. Organized 31 says:

    What a sweet flag, the buttons really make it! Thanks for sharing at the Patriots Palooza Link Party.

  10. navywifeypeters says:

    Such a lovely flag! This would be perfect for the Patriot’s Palooza party that I’m cohosting with 4 other bloggers. We’re asking our bloggy friends to link up anything patriotic in honor of Memorial Day. I hope you’ll stop by!

    Navy Wifey Peters
    Patriot’s Palooza Patry

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, T’onna, and thank you for the invitation. I stopped in an linked up over at your Patriot’s Palooza party on USSCrafty. I tried to leave a comment there, but Google+ wasn’t cooperating. Enjoy the holiday! Sharon

  11. I love this idea! As soon as school is over and I have some free time, I want to make one for my home.

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you, Paula! Have fun with it, and be sure to share a photo of your Ruffled Flag. I’d love to see it! Happy summer vacation time (almost)! Sharon

  12. Thank you for sharing. I just finished mine today !!!!

    • Sharon says:

      I love your flag, Tona. What a beautiful selection in fabrics. The colorful buttons are a lot of fun. Thank you so much for sharing!! Happy crafting! Sharon

  13. Kim says:

    I love this! This is so sweet…I would love to made this as a pillow! How fun and festive! 🙂 I am pinning this so I can remember it!

  14. Tona Morongell says:

    Very nice I must try this. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Cookie 17 says:

    This is soooo pretty.I love America product’s This fabric be pretty ruffled like that on kitchen towels also,Thank’s great job..Love it

  16. Donna Duffy says:

    really love this!! love ruffles

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much, Donna. I had fun making it, and it’s always nice when something turns out the way you envisioned it. (It doesn’t always work that way!) Happy crafting. Sharon

  17. I am not American so have no excuse to make this but its beyond cute 🙂

  18. Laura Bray says:

    The ruffles are great. This would look great sewn to the front of a t-shirt.

  19. LisaM says:

    Wow, love the flag. Very nicely done! 🙂

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