Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flag tutorial

One of my absolute favorite crafts on Pinterest has always been the ribbon flag. It was one of the first crafts I pinned and I knew that I would eventually make one.

There are so many ways you could make one of these flags. I love things that are bright and beaded so I had a lot of fun with this.

And the best part about it is that it was SO EASY to make! It probably took me longer finding the perfect ribbon, then to actually make it.

First your supplies.

- Ribbon. The amount you need really depends on how big you want your flag to be. I bought seventeen (!!) spools of red, white, and blue ribbon and I had a lot left over when I was done. Probably enough to make a whole other flag. I love the white pearls type of ribbon. More like a string of pearls I guess. I found this at Hobby Lobby for $2!

- Scissors

- Fabric for the stars. This could also be done in so many ways. My stars ended up being white and red which isn't exactly how the flag is but it's fine.

- Glue gun/hot glue

The first thing I did was figure out how long and big I wanted my flag to be.

Once I knew how big I wanted it to be I started cutting my ribbon. It doesn't all have to be the same length and actually looks better if it's not.

Once that was done, I got my fabric and laid it out to see what size I wanted my stars to be. I was using my cutting board as about the size I wanted my finished flag to be. Once I knew the size I just cut it with my scissors.

Now that I had everything cut to the size I needed I laid everything out to get a rough idea of what my finished product would look like. (My fabric is on the wrong side in this picture but this was just to get a visual. When I glued it I moved the stars to the other side.)

Let me tell you I was so excited when I was done laying everything out. I couldn't stop looking at it! 

The next step you can do probably a bunch of different ways, but I used a block of wood.

First my husband had to cut it the width of what my flag was going to be.

After that was done, I hot glued the ribbons to my wood. For some of the ribbon I had to hot glue ribbon on top of ribbon so it overlapped.

Once I got all the ribbon on it looked like this. I held it up just to make sure I didn't have any gaps or too much color in one area. I did in a couple spots and just added more ribbon. 

For the last step I added the stars. Because of the way that I wanted this to hang my stars went on the right corner. (I called my brother who is in the Army to double check because it looked off to me). 

I literally just hot glued my fabric on top of my ribbon. It was so easy.

Once I was done, I was so happy with it and glad that I made it. Even after having to buy so much ribbon!

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