By General Crafts Contributor Michelle.
“Let freedom ring” for this Independence Day, and all summer long with this stars and stripes wall hanging inspired by “Old Glory” herself. This shabby flag is a good project to use up all those fabric scraps, short lengths of trim, lace, and other bits and bobs you may have in your crafting stash.
My finished wall hanging is 12″x16″, and is hanging on a 20″ long stick. You could size this project up or down, as desired, just keep in mind that to keep similar proportions to a real American flag, your red and white “stripes” of lace and trim need to hang down approximately twice as long as your blue rectangle. You can always reference a real American flag if you want to make sure your proportions are correct, I just kind of eyeballed mine.
Here’s what I used to make my wall hanging:
- A stick, about 20″ long. Mine came from my yard, or you could use a dowel.
- A piece of blue fabric about 9″x6″, I used a piece of denim.
- Lengths of red, white and natural colored trim, lace, pom-pom ribbon, and 1″ strips of fabric that are about 16″ in length. Variation is good though, so don’t worry if some are a bit longer or shorter, just make sure most are about 16″ long.
- Small white crocheted doilies, white lace rosettes, white fabric flowers, buttons, etc., for the “stars” to go on the blue background.
- Gold embroidery floss.
- Buttons for embellishment. (Brass buttons, white buttons, star buttons.)
- Natural jute, for hanging.
- Hot glue gun, and glue sticks.
- Tea bags for tea staining (optional).