Oh I am so excited about this one. I love to see houses decorated for the 4th of July. I adore all the swags I see. I wanted to make some, but when you factor in all the fabric it takes to make them, I was not too keen on the idea. I thought up this as a way to make a cute swag but with much less fabric! Yay!!
1. Gather your supplies
-You need two different fabrics. One to represent the blue with white stars on the flag, the other to be the red and white stripes of the flag. I found some adorable red and white checked fabric for the stripes.
-You need some coordinating Rick Rack. I got the widest I could find.
-You will need some coordinating wide width double fold seam binding
-And lastly, you need two bowls. I used my largest and smallest mixing bowls from a set. This way they were both the same shape, just in different sizes.
2. Trace your largest bowl on the blue fabric.
3. Trace your smallest bowl onto your red and white fabric.
4. Using Pinking Shears, cut around your circles.
5. With the right sides out, iron your red and white circles in half.
6. With the right sides out, iron your blue circles in half.
7. Leaving the blue circles folded in half, sew coordinating Rick-Rack around the curved edge, about 1/2 inch from the pinked edge. This is going to sew the circle together to form half a circle. I liked the double layer because it gave it a little more shape and because I was hanging this in a window. I wanted it to be somewhat double sided, although one side does not have Rick-Rack.
8. You now have half a circle with Rick-Rack on one side.
9. You are going to sew the smaller circle onto the larger one. In order to make it nicely double sided, you need to open up the red and white fabric. Fold the blue fabric in half with the Rick-Rack inside the fold. Using the ironed fold of the red and white fabric as a guide, line up the middle of the blue fabric with the center point on the red and white fabric. See below.
10. Unfold your blue fabric, carefully keeping the placement.
11. Fold the red and white fabric down over the blue. Pin into place.
12. Sew around curved edge of the red and white fabric. This will stitch the red and white fabric to the blue fabric.
13. Sew the desired number of half circles together as above. Then you will be ready to sew it into a swag. Using wide double fold seam binding in a coordinating color, sew the half circles inside the binding.
Now you have an adorable Patriotic Fabric Swag!! Make them for your windows. Make them for your porch rail. Make them for the front of your house.