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4th of July Shirts

Thanks for all of your responses yesterday.  
I loved reading your feedback.  Thank you, Thank you.
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I know, there’s only a few days until the 4th of July this weekend.
But here’s a fun little project you can do last minute.
And pretty quickly.
Little 4th of July shirts.
Nice and vibrant.
And a little more ruffly for a girl……..
And smoother lines for a boy……..
 Together, they make a sweet pair.
Ready to make your own?
(Remember to adjust the measurements below for smaller or bigger shirts.  This sizing was made for a 4T girls shirt from Target.)
First, to make the little ruffled girly flag…..I cut up an old red tshirt and made strips out of the knit that were 1/2 x 12 inches.
Then I decided how wide I wanted to make the flag (about 6 1/2 inches wide) and placed pins at each side.   Then I layed the strips down, just how I wanted them from the left side, and let the tails hang over the right side for now.
Then I made a pencil mark at the left side of each strip and the right side of each strip, 1/4 inch down from the top of the strip (so the line would be centered down the center of each strip).  And then I made a straight line with my pencil.  
I did that for each strip so I would know exactly where to lay each strip after I ruffled them.  Make sure your pencil lines are exactly as long and spaced exactly how you’d like it……so that placing the ruffles will be easier.
Then make a basting stitch down the center of each 13 inch strips and gather them so that they are only 6 1/2 inches wide (because that’s how wide my flag is).  Pin each ruffle in place, directly over top each pencil mark.  (And I ended up trimming about 2 inches off the ends of the top two ruffles because they were more ruffly from being gathered more to fit a smaller space.  Make sense?  If not, just ignore.) 
Then sew each ruffle in place.
Then I cut a blue knit square (again, from an old tshirt scrap) and sewed it right to the shirt.  Then I sewed five little buttons onto the square.
The more girly flag is now done.
Onto the more plain flag. 
(Remember to adjust the measurements below for smaller or bigger shirts.  This sizing was made for a 2T boys shirt from Target.  And I just picked off the little pocket with a seam ripper.)

I first ironed on some Heat ‘n Bond (double sided adhesive) to a big chunk of the red knit. (from the old red tshirt I used above, remember?)  From that, I cut strips of red that were 1/2 x 6 inches.  
(See the paper backing of the adhesive on one side and the knit on the other side?)
Then I peeled off all of the paper backing and layed each strip on the front of the shirt.
I added some Heat ‘n Bond iron on adhesive to a little blue square as well, and placed everything just where I wanted it.
I also attached some of the same Heat ‘n Bond to the back of a white square of fabric (it was actually the pocket that I picked off the shirt), then traced some stars onto the paper backing of the adhesive, cut them out, then added them to the blue square.  Then I ironed everything in place.
Then I stitched around everything…

And that was it.
Nice and quick.
And pretty inexpensive.  And yes, I know you can buy little flag shirts everywhere for about $5…….but they aren’t nearly as cute/fun as making your own.
Perfect for the 4th of July weekend.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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