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Stick American Flag-DIY

June 26, 2020

Are you hoarding red and white ticking in your stash for Christmas crafts? Well break it out now for these quick and easy stick American flags.

I was pleasantly surprised when I made up a batch of these flags for the local store where I sell my crafts. They sold right away and I had to make more. Hunting down ticking fabric was not easy during a pandemic. The store shelves were empty from everyone making masks. I did finally find some, so all was good.

Since I kinda made these flags as a fluke, I didn’t take pics of every step. Even when I made them again I forgot to take pics at the beginning. I know, I know. What was I thinking? Unfortunately I’ve had quite a few projects like that recently.

Well, at least I grabbed my cell phone before I finished that second batch. I’m pretty sure you will be able to get the idea from the ones I did take and edit. 😉

Things You Need:

Red and white ticking fabric (small amount)
Blue fabric (small amount)
Muslin (small amount)
Sticks from yard
Sewing machine
White thread
Scissors
Measuring tape
Pruners or jig saw

What To Do:

Step 1: I’ve wanted to make flags from ticking for a long time. The stripes just scream “FLAG”. I decided on the size rectangle I wanted and ripped the fabric. I really loved the frayed edges. My rectangle was 4 1/2″ x 6″. Note: Keep in mind the stripes need to run the long length of the rectangle.

Step 2: The blue field was also ripped into a rectangle. It’s measurements were 2″ x 2 1/2″. Note: Just like the flag, the blue field will lay with the long edge running horizontal.

Step 3: I said this project was easy and this step is no different. I basically sewed the blue field to the flag and stitched a star. Easy peasy! I used white thread and set my machine to a long stitch. The blue field was stitched around all four sides. The star is one of those stars like teachers draw on the top of really good papers. 🙂 I thought I would have to trace them on the fabric before stitching, but it was honestly easier to freely do it as if I was putting pen to paper.

Step 4: That’s pretty much it for the flag part. Time to head out to the backyard to gather sticks for my flag pole. I chose sticks that were slightly thicker than a pencil. You can use pruners, a jig saw, or simply break your stick to the length you want. My sticks were all cut to about 13″.

Step 5: Back in the house I attached my old glories to the sticks. I poked a hole in the top and bottom of the flag on the left-hand edge. I threaded ripped 1/2″ muslin strips through the holes…

…and tied them to the stick. After trimming the ends I was ready to proudly fly my flag.

Enjoy!

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