It isn't like I want for something to do on a daily basis, but every now and then I just need to work on something that isn't for a pattern or just to get my juices flowing again or..... do I really need a reason? :)Fourth of July is coming and I haven't done anything for that holiday in quite some time. I pulled out my little boxes of scraps not expecting to find enough of anything to accomplish a project, when the thought of mini flags jumped into my head. How cute are these??
Do you have a 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" scrap of blue? Do you have enough red and white to cut: 2 strips of each color @ 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" and 2 strips of each color @ 1-1/4" x 8-1/2"? Then you have enough to make a cute little mini flag before the holiday gets here!
I sewed my short stripes together and trimmed to match the blue rectangle. Then I sewed the blue area and the short stripes together.
After the long stripes were sewn together, they were added to the top half of the flag. For quilting, I just quilted wavy lines through all the stripes and one star in the blue rectangle. This was all straight line sewing--no free motion. I then decided to face them vs. traditional binding so that I could add a bit of a wave to my flag.
I had all 3 done in a day but that wasn't enough for me..... A few days before, I had seen a yo yo flag on one of the sale sites. Why buy when I could make it? (Now I know why!!)
So I started cutting circles after I had decided how many I needed and thinking, "That isn't very many, I can do this!".
If you have a Fat Quarter of each color, you too can make one of these old fashioned yet adorable flags. It does have a throwback quality about it but I just love it...now that it is done!!
You need 24 blue circles and 40 each of white and red circles. I traced mine at 2-1/2" and the finished piece is 9" x 15-1/2".
I hadn't done a yo yo project in all my quilting years and now I can cross that off my list:) The first 40-50 were fun and then I was pretty much over it. Thankfully I was motivated to finish the other half when I saw how cute the top half was! I think next time I might just buy the finished one but what sense of accomplishment would I get out of that, I ask you? When I look at this one, I swell with pride for ALL that it stands for in regards to our country and the satisfaction of knowing I made it!!
Happy Fourth of July a bit early.