Hello my friends,
today I want to share with you a fun and easy project.
A Patriotic ribbon flag
I wish I could take credit for making this up all by myself, but that would be a flat out lie! lol! I saw a similar one at a local shop.
They were actually teaching the class and I didn't think it was a bad price. However, I was going to be out of town and well, I have a boat load of red ribbon!
Must admit, had to buy some blue, and the zipper, but pretty much had everything else.
Now for the easy instructions:
Cut a piece of brown shipping paper 18x36.
(not the best photo, but you get the jest)
Also, you could use burlap, muslin, whatever you have on hand. Just something to back your ribbons.
Cut a yard stick in half. If you buy one at Lowe's or Home Depot and ask nicely; they will cut it for you. : )
I actually had this 18" ruler that I found at a thrift shop.
Next drill two small holes in the top for hanging.
Cut a piece of fabric 12x14. 12" will run horizontal. Spray the back of it with Elmers spray glue and press it down to the right side of your brown paper backing. *Leave the bottom edge up so that you can tuck ribbons underneath.
Use a 24-27" zipper. Either will work.
(optional of course)
Ha, ha! No!!! You MUST use a zipper!
Cut various widths of ribbons, lace, ric-rac, etc. We used 17 all together. 4 were cut 36" long and 13 were cut 24" long. (You will trim it all up at the end)
Plus the number you will need will depend on the widths that you use. If you use more thinner ribbons you will need more. Like you couldn't figure that out. He-he!
Be sure and overlap them slightly.
Also cut two 24" pieces of tuelle to lay over the top. We used one red and one white.
(close up of ribbons and zipper that you must use)
(close up of tuelle over top. We kind of hand gathered it)
We also added two rows of tickets. They were cut long at first, but I didn't like how they hung so I cut mine shorter. We also put tape along the back to keep them from breaking apart.
I added a corsage pin to mine to hold them down. They had a tendency to bow out.
(close up of length of tickets. I left one longer than the other)
Use hot glue to glue the ribbons to the top of the brown backing and under the large blue fabric. Go very thinly or you will have bumpiness at the top. After all ribbons are attached I took my flag outside and (carefully) sprayed the edge of the blue fabric that I had left up with the spray glue and then pressed it down. You can use hot glue, but may have some bumpiness. Elmers or Tacky may even work.
Spray the back of your ruler with the spray glue (hot glue will not hold) and press down firmly to the top. Let set a while to dry.
Then stick a small nail or skewer into the drilled hole and push it through your ribbon and backing.
String jute through. It will go through much easier if you tape the end tightly with scotch tape.
Knot the jute behind holes and your ribbon flag is ready to hang.
Hang your cute flag up and trim ribbons evenly. Much easier to do while hanging.
I hung mine on the old door now in my entry and I am loving it!
Happy red, white, and blue