Have you ever taken the time to think about how Betsy Ross must have felt while having the honor of making Americas first flag?
This post is in honor of that courageous woman who lost two husbands during the war.
I gathered some of the vintage sewing items that I picked up a couple weeks ago at a yard sale and showcased them under a small cloche. I placed a plump little Uncle Sam made from red and white ticking next to it.
In June 1776, brave Betsy was a widow struggling to run her own upholstery business. Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags. According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip. Impressed, the committee entrusted Betsy with making our first flag
Betsy came from a Quaker family and was expelled from the Family Meeting when she married John Ross who was from another religion. She was already acquainted with both George and Martha because they sat in the pew directly across from her and John each Sunday.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, seeking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag. "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
I have collected 6 patriotic buttons. The yellow ribbon is one that was given to me when my husband was activated for Desert Storm.
Thanks to talented Betsy we have the five pointed star.
The story of Betsy was not told until 1873 by her grandson. There are those who question as to whether or not she actually made the first flag.
I am a believer and I can’t help but think that a little love went into each and every stitch!
God Bless America!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties: