I never decorate for the 4th of July. I have never found any decorations that I like, nothing really appeals to me. Until I got some inspiration from a couple of random pins and my idea came to me. One post was about joining scarves together to make a blanket here and the other was cutting up flannel shirts to make a cozy looking table runner here. From that my mind conjured up an idea of hooking bandanas together with a crocheted lace trim for a table runner, which I might still do.
I went to my nearest craft store to get bandanas and trim but I couldn’t find any white bandanas. Poop! But as I already had been through the fabric area getting the trim, a white fabric had caught my eye and a new idea was born. I want a flag! I put the trim back and got two yards of the white fabric although I knew I only needed one. Better to get more and be safe plus it was so pretty I can use the other yard for something. 🙂
I washed the bandanas first because they were so stiff feeling, especially compared to the white fabric. I did a little math and measured the bandanas and figured out how wide each stripe should be. Luckily the white fabric had some stretch to it because I didn’t allow for much seam allowance. Also the bandanas came out of the wash a little wonky which made them tricky to work with.
I cut all my strips and placed them where I thought they should go first and followed that as I sewed them together.
After I pieced together the top seven stripes I ironed it and joined it to the blue bandana. For the bottom stripes, I had to sew two red stripes together to make the length.
I finished it by adding the bottom stripes.
I wanted it to have a little weight so I put a muslin backing on it. I laid it face down on the muslin to fit and cut it close to the flag. When I stitched it, I used a very small seam allowance and left a small opening at the bottom so I could turn it right side out.
Since I hate hand sewing and this will not get a lot of wear and tear, I used an iron on hem tape to close the opening at the bottom. BTW if you ever see my hand sewing you’ll know why I don’t like to do it, it looks like dog teeth, all jaggedy.
I couldn’t wait to put it up! I love it so much.
One of the best parts, besides that I now have something for the 4th, is that it didn’t cost tons to make. Bandanas are 1.29 at Hobby Lobby (I used three), I had muslin at home because I buy yards of it at a time to keep on hand, and the fabric was on sale half off for 7.99 a yard. I would have never bought it at regular price.
Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I do now. 🙂
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