Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grand Ol’ Flag Placemats

I wanted to show you these strip pieced flag placemats from a few years ago….

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waayyy before I had a blog, so no step-by-steps :)   

You’ll need red, white and blue fabric, a rotary cutter and mat, backing fabric, fusible fleece or cotton batting (optional).  Oh, and an iron – lots of pressing in this project!

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I’m sure most of you sewing types out there will be able to figure it out, just from the pictures!!  Just in case, here’s a quick rundown:  The stripes are all 2 inches wide x the length of my fabric.  I sewed them in long sections before cutting them to final placemat widths.  The blue piece is 5 inches by 6 inches.  All seams are 1/4”.

I made the bottom (4 stripe) section and then top (3 stripe section) separately.  Press each time you sew a strip together… be sure to iron the seams toward the red stripes, so they won’t show through the white fabric!

When the top and bottom striped sections are finished, cut the bottom stripes to 18” wide.  Before cutting the top section, I sewed the blue piece to the left side, then cut the right side (the stripes) the same width as the bottom. 

Cut a backing piece the same size as your flag.  I didn’t use any batting, but you could use fusible fleece or cotton batting at this point.  Sew right sides together, leaving room to turn.  Clip corners, turn right side out, press.  Topstitch around the edge and be sure to get the opening securely sewn. 

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I can’t wait to put them out every summer! 

HaPpy sEwiNg! 

9 comments:

rachel said...

Those are very cute & I like the star table runner in the background too!

Binge Crafter said...

Love these! I definitely plan to make some for next July 4th! TFS!
Angela
bingecrafter.blogspot.com

Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

SO patriotic! I really need to get a few more flag-type things for 4th of July cause they look so cute and festive! You did a great job! {Love you "I vote for life" button}

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love these! I'm visiting over from funkyjunkinteriors. I'm hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I'd love for you to link up and share with me!

http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/4th-of-july-link-party.html

Hope to see you over at my place soon!
Kaitlin
notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

I love all things patriotic! Thanks for sharing these awesome placemats (and the star table runner in the background is cute too)! I can't wait to check out more of your blog! Come visit me at Greetings From the Asylum if you get a chance!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Adorable! I'm having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party today and I'd love for you to come join in on the fun!
www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

Angie said...

These are very cute. I'm pinning them so I hopefully will try them next year. Thanks!

Jessica @ Cotton Candy Stitches said...

Love it! Pinning so that I can create something like this for myself! :) Popping in from Sew Many Ways :)

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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