Bandana Flag for the 4th

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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. 🙂

Bandana Flag

The white fabric has some embroidery on it, ruffles, and a crochet trim sewn into it. It is hard to see the details in this picture.

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.

 

Bandana Flag

Bandana Flag

Bandana Flag

I have two separate chalk marks on the strips because I moved where I wanted my strips to begin. If I had started at the very top of the bandana my first strip would not have much of the design at all. To remedy that I moved to the top of the printing instead.

I cut all my strips and placed them where I thought they should go first and followed that as I sewed them together.

Bandana Flag

Bandana Flag

Here you can see some of the nice detail on the fabric.

Bandana Flag

 

Bandana Flag

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.

Bandana Flag

I finished it by adding the bottom stripes.

Bandana Flag

 

Bandana Flag

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.

Bandana Flag

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.

Bandana Flag

I couldn’t wait to put it up! I love it so much.

Bandana Flag

Bandana Flag

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.

Bandana Flag

 

Bandana Flag

 

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I do now. 🙂

 

Country Mouse City Spouse Monday Mish Mash Link Party #24

 

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From Dream to Reality at The DIY Dreamer

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop at Ducks ‘n a Row

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This Post Has 27 Comments
  1. So, so cute! I have a framed flag made out of fabrics, but I love the bandanas and the white fabric is darling!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  2. This is a beautiful flag, probably the prettiest I’ve ever seen! I love your idea of the bandanas and just adding the white fabric really made them stand out! It’s great to get inspired by something and then twist a project to fit your own ideas, isn’t it! Love that!

    1. Thank you! I agree with you completely, I love it when I’m inspired by something and then it ends up morphing into something even better. 🙂

  3. This is lovely!! I absolutely love to use bandanas in sewing projects. Thank you so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!!
    *Hugs*

    1. Thank you so much for hosting. There is so much inspiration out there and hosting is a wonderful way for everyone to share. Thank you again!

  4. Hi Kileenas, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

  5. This is seriously the most adorable and fantastic 4th of July project I’ve every seen. I know what I’ll be making for next year. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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