Can you believe that the 4th of July is coming and coming quickly? I am SO very excited. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and makes me so very proud to be an American! I love the sea of red, white and blue that floods our homes, stores, streets and all of the festivities, picnics, parades, fireworks and everything else 4th of July. Today, we are so lucky to have the amazing Bev from Flamingo Toes sharing a beeeeautiful rustic USA flag made with lovely lace and fun ribbon and trim. You will love this flag and making one for your own patriotic home! Enjoy!
Helllllo Ribbon Retreat Readers! My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes. I’m excited to be visiting here again today.
I’ve been wanting to make a boho – chic version of a US flag for a couple years now – and I had so much fun putting this one together! It’s super easy to make – just a bunch of pretty red and white trims all decorating a rustic stick. So fun right?
I hung it on my front porch near my Adirondack chair and some pretty red and white flowers – it makes a sweet patriotic display don’t you think?
Ready to get started on this easy tutorial? Here’s what you’ll need to make this Ribbon and Trim US Flag:
- Assortment of ribbon and trims – each strip is 26″ long and I used about 35 strips. You can use more or less depending on how full you want the stripes to be
- Small amounts of Yarn
- 24″ stick
- 2 Pieces of fabric 10×10
- 1 piece of fleece 10×10
- 1/8″ ribbon – 6 yards
- Pearl Cotton Embroidery Floss
- Hot Glue
Cut your stripes of trim and lace – each strip should be 26″ long. Lay the strips over the stick in the stripe sections so you can see how it will look and if you need to add any trims anywhere.
Begin gluing your strips around the top of the stick, overlapping any you need to as you go. You’ll just wrap the top part of the ribbon around the stick and glue it to the back side. Make sure the stick is laying flat as you glue so the ribbons hang correctly.
Mark where you’d like your ribbon stars on the 10 x 10 fabric piece. I did 3 rows of 4 stars each. Form the stars by embroidering lazy daisy stitches in a star shape. You can find embroidery stitch tutorials on my blog. Stitch a loose little French Knot in the center.
Layer together the top piece with the stars, the fleece, and the other piece of 10 x 10 fabric. Stitch the pieces together with the pearl cotton using a blanket stitch around all the edges.
Create a few yarn tassels to fill in the sections of the flag and add a bit of a boho look. Here’s how you make an easy tassel:
- Cut a length of cardboard the size of your tassel. Mine’s about 4″ tall. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 50 or 60 times. Cut the yarn at the bottom.
- Cut a long length of yarn and feed it under the wrapped yarn. Pull it up to the top and tie a tight knot at the top edge of the looped yarn.
- Slip the looped yarn off the cardboard. Cut another length of yarn and tie a knot around the wrapped sections, about 1″ below the top.
- Cut the loops at the bottom of the tassel. Now you have a cute yarn tassel!
Tie the tassels onto the stick at different heights on the flag.
Stitch a small section of pearl cotton to the back of the star piece and knot the thread around the stick on the left side, over the stripes of trim. Make sure you hang the fabric piece straight and you knot it at both ends, and if you need to in the middle.
Cut 6 pieces of yarn, about 1 1/2 yards each. Line up the ends and tie a knot in all six strands, about 3″ from one end. Braid the yarn using 2 strands in each section of the braid. When the braid is long enough for your hanging piece, knot the other end. Tie the braid around each end of the stick to hang the flag from.
Hang up your flag – you’re all finished!
It’s such a fun project! It would be great as a girls night craft don’t you think?
Thanks Ribbon Retreat for having me guest post!
Thank you so much Bev! I am in love with this fun flag! In fact, it makes me want to go right away and pull out all of my red, white and blue decor! I can’t wait to add this adorable flag to my 4th of July decor. It will fit perfect and look fabulous flying proudly among my other decorations!
For more incredible projects just like this amazing rustic flag, make sure to stop by and tell Bev hello at her blog Flamingo Toes!
Are you so excited to decorate for the 4th of July…or another fabulous holiday or occasion coming right up? Here are a few more patriotic projects you are sure going to love and want to add to your 4th of July decor!
Any of these red, white and blue projects can be made with multiple different color combinations to reflect the special event, holiday or occasion happening at your home!
Are you feeling all sorts of patriotic just looking at those red, white and blue projects? Make sure that you get all of your supplies to create your own 4th of July projects, hair accessories and more right here at The Ribbon Retreat. You will find all of the ribbon, tulle, ric rac, lace, resins and so much more you will need, right HERE!