Wednesday, June 17, 2015

~ Farmhouse Fabric Strip Flag DIY ~

This DIY shabby flag is a fun project that you can make in about an hour, most likely with materials you already have on-hand. 

My sister and I made these flags for our homes the other night, as we sat on my front porch. Meanwhile, the cousins ran crazy, water balloon-ing each other. We stopped our flag making about every 4.5 seconds to tie a water balloon... So, this project is one you can complete without a tremendous amount of focus! ;)

Here's what you need:

  • Fabric for strips (24 inches long), for square (8x9 inches) and for stars
  • A branch or twig approximately 19" long
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

I chose to make a neutral, rustic flag so I used white muslin, burlap, lace and drop cloth remnants for the flag stripes. I used a light denim fabric (actually an old denim shirt :) for the background behind the stars. For the stars, I used coffee-stained muslin - but you could use anything! 

Step 1: Cut strips for flag. I cut them 24 inches long, 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide (I like the look of slightly different widths so it's not too uniform).

Step 2: Cut out your square for the stars background. I used an 8x9 inch piece of light blue denim.

Step 3: Cut out the stars. I printed and cut out this star template, using 35% size. Instead of having to trace each star, just hold the star template securely in place and cut around the edges (see above). I used nine stars on my flag.

Step 4: Hot glue the strips just slightly over the top of the branch, alternating dark and light colors.

Step 5: Hot glue the square piece of fabric on the top left corner, applying glue just along the top of the fabric strips/branch.

Step 6: Hot glue your stars onto the square piece of fabric.

Step 7: Using a 24-inch piece of ribbon or twine, make a knot around one edge of the branch and another knot around the other edge of the branch. This will be your flag hanger.



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  1. Hi Julie! I LOVE the flag! I'm going to make one! You are such a clever one! I'll send you pics soon! See ya! Cindy

    1. I'm so glad you're making one Cindy - it will look perfect in your farmhouse! There are so many options - - I've seen pictures of floral, shabby chic flags, faded red, gold and blue ones, etc. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Yes! A perfect flag for the 4th of July festivities around here.... I am going to try and fit one in, also so painting one for the yard, you my dear are full of clever ideas.

    Love it in the front room, sooooo! Americana FarmHouse.

    A perfect weekend to you my dear

    1. Oh Dore, I HOPE you will post pics of your creations... I would love to see your interpretation of the flags!! Thank you for your kind words... hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. This is a great looking flag, but the picture you paint of life going on while you made it is delightful! Happy summer days!


  4. Super cute, and sounds like fun to make,too.

  5. What an adorable and uncontrived flag Julie! I just love it!! Thank you so much for the great tutorial and for sharing at SYS. Wishing you a wonderful week!
    XO Barbara


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