Make It Happen: Tea Towel FlagJuly 4, 2013
We’re feeling pretty flag-happy today, and while nothing quite compares to Old Gloryespecially on Independence Daywe thought you’d get a kick out of creating your ownbe it starred, striped, flowered or dotted. So in the spirit of Betsy Ross, let’s get going!
First things first: Gather your materials. (An easy way to derail a project is to get in up to your elbows before realizing that you’re missing something crucial.)
5 or 6 tea towels
needles and thread
Choose a few of the towels and napkins, and sew them together to create the base of your flag. Use the extra needles to hold your fabric together as you stitch.
Sketch shapes onto the remaining towels, then cut them out and arrange as you like, pinning them into place as you decide your design.
Sew the shapes onto the flag. A simple running stitch is great, especially if you’re using colorful thread. Don’t forget to pull out the pins once you’re done.
Grommet time. Follow the directions for your grommet kit specifically, but here’s the gist:‚ punch the hole, line up the metal grommet parts, then hammer them together.
All that’s left to do is run the rope through the grommets and send up your new flag, beckoning friends and neighbors to a summer’s worth of festivities.