RED, WHITE & BLUE
Turn Burlap into a fabulous 4th of July Decoration
The 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday not only because I am a summer baby, but because of the warmth of summer on your skin, the brightness of exploding fireworks in the starry night sky, and the sand in your toes that comes from BEACH time. So, to add a little something extra with the decorations of celebrating our country’s independence, I made burlap bunting flags in the colors red, white and blue. It’s fairly simple to make these decorative pieces, and you can save close to $60 instead of buying the plastic product from the store! Plus, burlap is real fabric that has texture, more subdue colors, and is authentic.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED!
Here are a few side notes:
-Burlap is very messy so stay in one area and have the vacuum handy
-It goes airborne
-Takes about 4 hours from start to finish
-$36 total minus 40% (coupon) $21.60
LET’S GET STARTED!
-Go to your local Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or craft supply store and buy around 3 yards of each color of fabric (red, white and blue)! Burlap is around $4 per yard (yes, only $4). You can even get a little creative and by burlap with stars and stripes on them to make it even more patriotic!
-Now, get out your sharpest scissors because you are going to have to cut the burlap in half (long ways)! I use sharp scissors with a safety button, so little fingers don’t get a hold of them. Again, make sure you are keeping the burlap still since this fabric is super messy (no one likes to clear during a holiday).
-Get out that sewing machine! Next, you will have to serge all around each piece (6 total). I just love the vintage look the white edges give to the fabric, and it looks even better once you hang it up!
-I know that ironing is literally the worst, but when it’s craft time, it’s not as bad! So, iron 2 inch pleats (heat on level 6 with steam). This is what really gives the flags depth, and that rustic feeling. Pleating is a classic look that will hopefully never go out of style.
-You’re almost done! The last step is to sew the end and hang with a 50 lb. fishing line! You now have a decoration that will make you stand out, and give you a little something extra for your 4th of July celebrations!
With the step-by-step instructions, you can have a bit of lagniappe (something extra) with authentic burlap bunting flags for your celebrations. Nothing shows your American pride more than displaying the colors RED, WHITE and BLUE in every way possible especially when you can save money at the same time! I hope you have an amazing 4th of July and that this little tutorial can help you make it even better!