Make It Happen: Tea Towel Flag

July 4, 2013

We’re feeling pretty flag-happy today, and while nothing quite compares to Old Gloryespecially on Independence Daywe thought you’d get a kick out of creating your ownbe it starred, striped, flowered or dotted. So in the spirit of Betsy Ross, let’s get going!

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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
pins
scissors
marker
hammer
grommet kit
rope

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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.

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Sketch shapes onto the remaining towels, then cut them out and arrange as you like, pinning them into place as you decide your design.
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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.

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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.

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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.