YEARS ago, like in the last 5 I saw an American Flag on Pinterest and fell in love. It was so perfectly imperfect. There was one thing holding me back from making this particular craft. It looked like it had been sewn. I haven’t really used my sewing machine in years. I have small children who require a lot of attention. They demand the attention.
And then, my friend Tess suggested we use a dowel rod to tie everything to. Hello! Why didn’t I think of that? And that is just what we did.
I had some left over red fabric, white fabric and some ribbon in red and cream and white. All I would need is a blue fabric with stars and some other ribbons to add more texture. I ran to Joann’s and I was in business. Tess came down with her kids and we got crafting.
We had to cut the fabric, the blue & star square is 9inX9in and the strips of fabric are 1 inch. The length of the pieces varies, but I think the end result is 38 inches long.
Start tying away. I was methodical in my placement. First I put on all of the red fabric strips, then I added the white/cream fabric and ribbons, after those were on I added any red ribbons where I thought they would need it. Tess just started at one end and put whatever she picked up on next. This is very indicative of our personalities, she is much more of a goer and doer where I plan and have an idea that I can envision from the beginning.
I was trying to figure out how to add the star fabric when Tess came up with the idea to cut a small hole near two corners on the same side and then tying them on the down with twine. DONE. DEAL. Perfection.
Next I added some twine at each end of the dowel to hang the flag with. I LOVE how this turned out. I love that it has more of the white/cream coloring and hints of red. It has a gorgeous farmhouse, boho, rustic feel. This is going to be a great addition to our 4th of July party decor.