An easy patriotic craft: Make an America-The-Beautiful Flag

Today is the finale in the mini-series of patriotic flag crafts, and I’m featuring my no-sew,  America-The-Beautiful Flag. This super-easy flag craft is part of the I Love the USA blog hop introducing Laura Kelly’s new patriotic fabric, America The Beautiful. Laura is the artist behind the cute family decals you see in car windows, and many other products decorated with her whimsical illustrations. When I saw the fabric with its broad, colorful stripes and all-American kids, I knew I had to make a flag for July 4th.

Here's a super-easy way to make a patriotic flag for a front door or just about anywhere. This flag features the America The Beautiful fabric from Laura Kelly. #laurakellyartusa #craftpatriotic #ilovetheusablogBecause denim was invented right here in the good ol’ U.S.A., I used it to create the blue field and accented it with whipstitching and ric rac around the edges. To keep this no-sew, the whipstitching is totally optional. For a final touch, I added button “stars” from the Laura Kelly button mix from Buttons Galore. This is a really quick craft, so I hope you’ll give it a try.

Close-up detail for easy DIY flag craft made with Laura Kelly's America The Beatiful fabric. #laurakellyartusa #craftpatriotic #ilovetheusablog

Isn’t this fabric perfect for flag making?

To make an America-The-Beautiful Flag, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • America The Beautiful fabric, 2/3 yd. (available at Jo-Ann Stores)
  • Denim, small scrap
  • Ric rac, red
  • Buttons, assorted red, white and blue
  • Ribbon, 1” x 36”
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Optional: Red thread and sewing machine
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pen, pencil or fine-line marker

    Supplies for an easy, patriotic flag crafts.

    Here’s what you’ll need to make an American-The-Beautiful flag. (The ric rac was an after thought, so it doesn’t make an appearance here.)

To make an America-The-Beautiful Flag:

1. Place a 24” x 18” piece of fabric face down on your work surface. Center the foam sheet on the fabric, and wrap the fabric around the foam sheet, just like wrapping a package. Carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep it neat. Pin and glue the extra fabric to the back.

Pin and glue the fabric to the reverse side of the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

You’ll wrap the flag just like wrapping a package, and then pin and glue the fabric to the reverse side.

2. Whipstitching: This step is totally optional. If you don’t plan to stitch around the edge of the denim heart, go on to Step 3. You are welcome to hand stitch around the heart, but I’m o.k. with shortcuts and I used my sewing machine. To add the decorative stitching by machine, draw a heart shape on the denim and stitch along the outline. Cut out the heart as close to the stitching as possible, without cutting into the stitching.

3. Cut out heart and stitch or glue ric rac along the edge on the reverse side. Glue heart onto flag.

Button heart made for I Love the USA blog hop with Laura Kelly. #PatrioticCrafts #LauraKelly

If you’re really pressed for time, you can skip the whipstitching.

3. Glue buttons on heart.

4. Pin and glue ribbon to each side of flag for a hanger.

And you’re done. Hang your flag proudly! Don’t miss my Vintage Ruffled Flag and DIY Duct Tape Flag from earlier this week.

Easy patriotic flag crafts

All week long, the I Love the USA blog hop has showcased bloggers and their patriotic crafts made with Laura’s fabric. Here are links to the bloggers featured today. Be sure to stop in and say “hello.”

You can also see all of the I Love the USA designs on my Pinterest board.

Join in the I Love the USA blog hop June 10 - 14. 28 bloggers share their patriotic crafts, decor and wearables. #laurakellyartusa

All week long, 28 bloggers have shared their patriotic crafts, decor and wearables.

I hope you enjoined the patriotic crafts this week.What have you been inspired to create?

Wishing you red, white and blue crafting adventures.


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14 Responses to An easy patriotic craft: Make an America-The-Beautiful Flag

  1. robinlcarroll says:

    very pretty!!! Thank you for linking up with us for Tara’s linky party at Craftin Desert Diva’s We hope that you will join us again for the next linky party!

    Cut One Designs by Robin

  2. barbara macaskill says:

    What a cute flag idea! Would look great hanging on the patio for the 4th of July bbq! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. LisaM says:

    Wonderfully done. Love how this one turned out. I hope to head to the fabric store to see what I can find. Thanks!

  4. Hope you will stop by and link up at Craftin Desert Divas “Red, White & Blue” Linky Party.
    Craftin Desert Diva’s

  5. tracymclennon says:

    My goodness that denim heart is adorable!

  6. Lorine Mason says:

    Is that Sharon Currier using a sewing machine? You rock my dear.

    • Sharon says:

      You bet, Lorine. I have mad sewing skills, but alas, so little time. I will finish those quilts someday . . . Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  7. I love your flag. It is such a great project for crafters of all abilities. I especially love the buttons all over the heart. Thank you for participating in the hop! xo

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Laura. This hop was so much fun! I’ve loved seeing the many creative ways your fabric has been transformed. Can’t wait to do it again! Sharon

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