Thursday, June 25, 2015

Star Spangled Banner

One afternoon while looking for craft supplies (I was googling sources for ribbon) I came across a flag made from torn strips of fabric. I fell in love with the whole idea and have been wanting to make once for myself ever since. The photo I saw was at Since then, they have popped up on  PINTEREST and other craft sites and blogs. I love looking at the various flags to see everyone's take on the project, the different trims and ribbons used etc. They are all wonderful in their own, unique way!

So last Friday evening I ran out to Joanne Fabrics to gather some supplies to make my version of the flag I admired on I had the entire weekend to myself as my husband was out of town so I thought it would be the perfect chance to accomplish this project.

I tore some red, white and blue fabrics into strips and gathered additional coordinating trims. I used a cranberry red, cream and darker blue as these colors are more in line with colors found in my home.

13 stripes--1 for each of the 13 British colonies that declared their independence from Great Britain.
I wanted to make sure I got it right....begin with red, end with red....first long stripe is white.

Then I cut various trims to match each red and white stripe. I stitched them on to the fabric at the very top.

Here you can see the various trims used.

 I shirred them onto a wooden dowel after sewing a rod pocket at the top. Before I placed the last two stripes on, the dowel snapped. Grrrrr! My husband took note of my frustration and ran to get a rod that he had stored in the basement! Thank you to my husband for saving the day!

Another closeup

Note the position of the field of blue stars. The field of blue (the Union) should be on the upper left as shown when hanging in this position. Click HERE for further information on properly displaying the American Flag. 

Here is my flag hanging on a wall of my livingroom....

Here it is again suspended from a tree in my back yard, waving in a gentle breeze. I think I am going to add some additional lace to add a bit more fullness to it. I ran out of rick rack and wide lace trim just before the last two full stripes. I think I will also add a piece of lace to the top over the rod pocket.

This project requires minimal sewing. If you can stitch a straight line then you can easily whip up your own version of this flag in no time for your July 4th celebration.

"Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

Francis Scott Key