Primitive Flag

Hi there! With 4th of July upon us it seems to put everyone in the mood for the good ole red, white, and blue. I have always wanted a primitive flag and this year I finally got around to doing something about it.

I started by thinking of what kind of fabric I wanted to make it out of. First thought was muslin of course, but I happened to be in the kitchen section at Walmart and came across a perfect solution. White cotton kitchen towels. And the best part? They come in a package of 2 for under $3.00. I took them home and immediately washed and dried them. They took a little pressing but then they were ready to go.
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I stretched the first towel so I could paint the actual flag on it.I decided on the size 14″x25″. It just seemed to suit my needs. Trying to keep things as simple as possible I used 1″ tape to measure off the red and white stripes. Once they were painted I used a navy blue in the upper left hand corner on which to paint the stars. (tip: I cut a small stencil from poster board to keep the stars simple and regulated).
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Once the painting had dried thoroughly (ideally overnight), I cut the flag out , leaving at least a good inch around it.I also cut out 3 tabs aproximately 3″x8″. I used pinking shears so that I could keep a rough edge. I had some quilt batting laying around, but you could even use an old white towel. Just something to give it a little body. I stiched around the flag wrong sides together, leaving about a 4″ opening and inserting the tabs on the top. I cut a piece of batting just a smidge smaller than the stitching line. With a little maneuvering I slid the batting inside the flag and then stitched up the opening.

I used regular thread and ran sticthes along the stripes and pulled knots through the stars for a quilted effect.
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It was at this time I aged the flag. Remember my friend Karen? I used her instant coffee recipe for aging it. (Karen uses instant coffee. 1cup of water to 1/4cup of instant coffee to be exact.) After it had soaked sufficiently I wrung it out and hung it on a line to dry. It may need a little touching up with an iron to get out any dominant wrinkles, but other than that it is ready to hang. I found a few twigs and pulled them through the tabs and Voila!
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/193993868/handmade-quilted-flag-americana-vintage?ref=shop_home_active_1

I hope everyone has a festive and safe 4th of July this year!
Doris

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