Add a bit of patriotic charm to a gift or home decor accent. Layer scraps of burlap, lace and fabric together to create a scrappy flag tag. This is a great fabric scrap-busting project, and it can be accomplished by even the most inexperienced sewer. Make several to have on hand for your own gift-giving, or package them to sell at your next craft show.
Things You Will Need:
Tan or brown burlap scrap
White lace scrap
Red fabric scrap
Blue fabric scrap
Charm, button, or similar embellishment
Cut a 4-inch-wide by 5-inch-long rectangle from burlap. Cut the burlap straight along the weave line. Cut a 3-inch-wide by 4-inch-long rectangle from white lace, three 1/2-inch-wide by 4-inch long red fabric strips and a 1 1/2-inch-wide by 2-inch-long rectangle from blue fabric.
Pull the strings from all four edges of the burlap rectangle until you have a 1/2-inch frayed edge on all four edges.
Center the lace rectangle on the burlap rectangle. Using white thread throughout the project, top stitch around all four edges of the lace as close to the edge of the lace as possible.
Lay the stitched burlap on your work surface with the lace side facing up and the long edges of the burlap running horizontal. Evenly space the three red strips horizontally across the lace from the top edge to the bottom edge and pin. Top stitch around all four edges of each red strip, as close to the edge of the strips as possible.
Lay the stitched flag on your work surface with the stripes facing up and the long edges running horizontal. Place the blue fabric rectangle (blue field) with the longer edge running horizonatlly in the left hand, top corner of the lace rectangle and pin. Stitch around all four edges of the blue fabric, as close to the edge as possible.
Add a charm, button or similar embellishment to the center of the blue field. You can add these embellishments by sewing, gluing or pinning. I used decorative nail heads on my scrappy flag tags.
Do not be overly concerned about straight, pretty stitches or evenly cut fabric edges. The more uneven and sloppy the stitches and cuts are, the more appealing the appearance of the scrappy flag tags will be.
To personalize your tag, use letter stamps to print a name or message on muslin. Cut around the printing and top stitch the muslin label to the front of the flag.