American Flag

American Flags

With the Fourth of July steadily approaching this patriotic holiday wouldn’t be the same if the red, white and blue colors weren’t decorating the streets and houses of America. To celebrate this Independence Day why not make an American Flag out of fabric and wear American apparel. Independence day is such a fun filled day [...]

 
American Flags

American Flags

With the Fourth of July steadily approaching this patriotic holiday wouldn’t be the same if the red, white and blue colors weren’t decorating the streets and houses of America. To celebrate this Independence Day why not make an American Flag out of fabric and wear American apparel.

Independence day is such a fun filled day of celebrations, but this isn’t the only day where you can use your handmade American flag. Just think you can wave your American flag and wear American apparel to a ball game, on Remembrance Day, at Election day or any day of the year.

Buying an American flag and American apparel can be a lot of fun as there is so many styles, sizes, shapes, materials and merchandise to choose from. If you love to sew either by hand or by machine and you happen to be an American, this flag project is just for you.

To make your American Flag you will need a sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, sewing pins, red, white and blue fabric. To make the flag wave you’ll need some dowel and glue so you can attach the flag to it. To make this project easier you can download this American flag clipart graphic above and use it as a guide or in another personal craft project.

Make sure the white piece of material is the size of the whole flag as you’re going to sew the stars, stripes and blue background to the material. The 50 stars are going to be one size and if you don’t have a star template you can download one of my Star stencils and choose from one of the stars.

As for the 13 stripes they need to be the same width and you need to start with a red stripe and finish on a red stripe. Make a template then measure, cut and pin the red stripes to the white fabric.

After printing out your star stencil cut out the appropriate star for this project or alternatively you can draw your own. To make the a little more rigid for tracing onto the material you can glue it to a piece of cardboard.  Once dry mark and cut out your 50 stars from extra white colored fabric. With all the stars traced and cut out position and pin the stars to the blue material. Measure and allow for seams and cut your blue material to size.

Start sewing on the red stripes to the white flag first making sure they are equally spaced out. Next sew the stars to the blue material and for added interest you can fray the edges of the stars a little.

Finish sewing up the American flag and remember to make sure you sew the top, bottom and right hem first, around the outside edge of the flag. The last hem will be sewn to act like a sleeve for the dowel to be threaded through. Make the sleeve and hem the top and sew all the way down.

Put some glue at the top middle and bottom of the dowel and thread the dowel through the sleeve you’ve just made. To make sure the glue has adhered to the fabric and dowel firmly rub over with your hands. Wait for the glue to dry and your American flag is ready to wave high.

To download American flag clipart all you need to do is to right click on the vector and choose the “Save As” option from the menu.

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