...ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL
AND SOME STOOD THROUGH FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE
AND SOME HAD TO FALL
AND IF YOU EVER THINK OF ME
THINK OF ALL YOUR LIBERTIES AND RECALL
SOME GAVE ALL...
...LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND LIVE WITH PRIDE
AND DON'T FORGET THOSE WHO DIED...
Billy Ray Cyrus
We've been seeing these great shabby flags on Pinterest and absolutely love them. So of course, we felt a need to make one. These are a wonderful way to use some of those scrap fabrics, ribbons, buttons, etc., you have stored away in your craft room. We're assuming you hoard those items like we do!
You can make these for any season or holiday, or maybe you just want to use some special items that remind you of a loved one or items that evoke a special memory.
We decided since July 4th is just around the corner, we would go patriotic. These flags are quite easy to make but do take a bit of time.
Drill and Bit
Knobs...these were purchased from Hobby Lobby (make sure to catch their 49% off sale)
Doilies, Scrap Fabric, Lace, Rick Rack, Ribbon, Buttons, Jingle Bells, etc. If you don't have any of these items, check out your local thrift store. It's one of our favorite places to shop!
Your flag can be any size you choose...small, medium or large. Our flags measure approximately 28x 42. We determined our blue star field by the size of our doilies, then made sure the rest of the flag felt proportional. The blue field was made by sewing two pieces of denim together....Our Mother use to make denim quilts, so she saved worn out or too small jeans from our brothers and our dad. Most of the denim we used came from our Dad's jeans. She had some stashed away and was happy to allow us to use it. What a sweet reminder of him it will be when our flags flutter in the wind.
...After making the blue field, we hand tacked a doily onto the center. Next, we started stripping and cutting fabric. We didn't measure. Some strips were made by sewing two or three fabric pieces together, some are ribbon, and some are lace with an occasional piece of rick rack thrown in. We made two lengths of strips. Shorter ones to go under the blue field and longer one that would be the full length of the flag. After our strips were made, we started adding bits pieces to them...buttons, lace, tassels etc., you can't make them too gaudy!!! We even added some small bells. Thought it would make a sweet jingle sound in the wind.
When you have completed your strips, begin sewing some of the shorter ones to the bottom of your blue field. Each of the longer ones was then attached to a single strip of fabric (just to make them easier to handle when attaching them to the dowel rod). Using a staple gun, attach the blue field to one end of your rod and then staple your long pieces onto the rod (you will need to drill holes into the ends of your dowel to secure your knobs. This is easier to do before you attach the strips).
Three narrow strips of the denim were braided together and tied to the ends of our dowel to make the hanger. Add your knobs and your finished! These we a lot fun to make and can't wait to make a few more. Can't wait to see them flying in the wind on the Fourth of July!
GOD BLESS AMERICA...LAND THAT I LOVE!