Have you seen those adorable DIY shabby chic Red White and Blue Ribbon Flags? I finally made my version and I love the result.
The beauty of a DIY Ribbon Flag is creating your own style. Personally I love the bright reds and knew I wanted my Ribbon Flag to be bright and vibrant.
I made no effort to replicate the exact number of stripes or stars of the actual American flag. A Patriotic Ribbon Flag is folk art and not intended to replicate the real thing but to pay respect while creating decor.
Here is how I made my Patriotic Ribbon Flag
- 4 different patterns of ribbon (3 are grosgrain)
- Red Striped fabric cut into strips
- White cotton fabric for background
- Dark Navy blue cotton fabric for Star Field
- Small silver stars (Hobby Lobby)
- Wood dowel 3/8″
- E6000 Glue
- White Cotton Pillow Piping
- Heat Bond
The first thing I did was to cut the wooden dowel to the width I wanted my flag to be. To make that determination, I held the dowel up to my front door and decided about how wide was good if I decide to hang it there. The cut was super easy with a hand saw.
How to Make the Star field for a Ribbon Flag
Next I cut a small piece of navy blue cotton fabric in a rectangular shape for the Star Field. I wanted the fabric to be doubled for thickness but I also wanted it in one piece so I cut one long piece and folded it in half. Then I used Heat Bond to attach the front to the back taking care to leave an opening to slide the wood dowel into as shown.
I used a bunch of scrap pieces of Heat Bond leftover from other craft projects which is why they are cut in odd shapes.
How To Add The Ribbon Onto The Dowel
E6000 works great for adding the ribbon onto the dowel. I began by adding the ribbon BEHIND the star field fabric. Glue the ribbon onto the back of the navy fabric.
This step can be tricky because if you are not careful the navy fabric will glue to the dowel and we do not want that. It should be hanging loose and slid all the way to the end of the wooden dowel.
The remaining ribbon should be wrapped from front to back on the open end of the wood dowel repeating the pattern until the end.
A small dab of glue is all you need. I positioned each ribbon very close to the next one creating somewhat of a pattern with my ribbon selections. The faded red stripe is actually a fabric I found at Hobby Lobby and cut into a few strips for my Ribbon Flag.
Adding the Stars to the Star Field
I considered multiple options for my Stars including pretty little ribbons shaped like stars which were frankly too expensive no matter how cute they were. Embroidery would have been pretty too but in the end I fell in love with these stars I found at Hobby Lobby. They achieve the multi-dimensional look I was going for.
The stars were also applied with glue. First I lined them up making every other row slightly offset. Then it was just a matter of gluing each one into place.
Now it is time to glue on the cotton piping which is going to hide any of the mess from where the ribbons are glued onto the dowel. Each end of the cotton piping was tied in a knot. I did not burn the ends because it is cotton, not nylon. I like the tiny little touch of nautical the rope added to my Ribbon Flag.
Then I trimmed the ends of the ribbon at the bottom of the flag so they were fairly even but not perfect as I’m quite happy with the shabby look.
Because I did not like the look with no background I decided to add a white background which really made the bright reds pop even better.
I just happened to have a nice size piece of cotton white scrap fabric which was almost a perfect fit. Very little trimming was needed. It was glued into place also.
The very last step was to add a hanger. I decided to use the same cotton piping I used to hide the glue spot on the ribbons. A small piece is all I needed to serve as a hanger and E6000 worked great. Allow ample drying time before hanging.
We have been enjoying the festive spirit our new Red White and Blue Ribbon Flag has added to our summer decor!