MAKE IT YOURSELF // Fourth of July Flags

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Fourth of July is next week and I wanted to create a fun centerpiece for my table! I saw these flags on a great blog called The Cutting Table.

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W H A T    Y O U ‘ L L    N E E D:

  • 1/2 yard medium to heavy weight muslin
  • 1/4 yard assorted blue fabrics with stars
  • 1/2 yard red cotton fabric
  • Embroidery thread, needles, and scissors
  • Tall sticks (from your yard or a craft store)
  • Rit Dye (tan color)

I wanted a very rustic look so instead of cutting the fabric I ripped it instead. Here are the size pieces you need for each of the fabrics to make one flag.

S T E P    B Y    S T E P: 

STEP  #1 

Start with one piece of muslin – 6″ x 9″

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STEP  #2

Tear the red fabric in 3/4″ strips, cut to 9″ length.  (four per flag)

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STEP  #3

Tear the blue cotton blue stars fabric – 3″ x 4″

STEP  #4

Tear the ties out of muslin – 1/2″ x 5″ strips (two per flag)

When you are done you will have lots of pieces.

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STEP  #5

Pin four red strips on each piece of white muslin. Sew through the center of each red strip.

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STEP  #6

Sew one of the blue pieces around all of the edges.

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STEP  #7

Make a small cut on the left side of each flag between the bottom two red stripes and in the top side of the blue striped fabric. Be sure not to cut your hand stitching.

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STEP  #8

Insert one small muslin strip in each cut.

STEP  #9 (not essential)

If desired, mix half the bottle of Rit dye with 1/2 cup salt and very hot water (about 1 – 2″ deep) in a pan. Place the flags in the dye for about 30 seconds to give it an aged look. Rinse and lay flat to dry. Do not leave them too long or they may turn really brown.

STEP  #10

Once dry cut the sticks in varying lengths and tie flags on to sticks.

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And you’re done! It’s such a simple and festive touch that adds so much to a table or any home!

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