Okay, I know this is seriously last-minute. I told you that I had a basket of crafts I never got to! I promised my daughter I'd make her a 4th of July shirt, though, so in my little bit of spare time this afternoon, I got to work.
This is a project that didn't turn out anything like my original plan. First I was going to do a freezer paper stencil. Then I was going to applique some stars out of my scrap fabrics. Well, I couldn't find my Heat N Bond, so then I thought maybe a ruffled flag. Anywhere, several ideas later, I remembered a bag of patriotic scrap fabric strips I had from AGES ago. I think they were originally used to make rag flip-flops for Girls Camp one year. Anyway, I thought they would be perfect for my shirt- if only I could figure out what to do with them.....
(Yes, I'm indecisive.)
I finally settled on an "abstract" version of an American flag. It doesn't scream "4TH OF JULY" but it is patriotic. I think she can wear it throughout the summer.
This was super simple to make. The strips were precut, so I just arranged them how I wanted, pinned them to a t-shirt, and sewed around the edges of each shirt. Since I didn't use Heat N Bond, the edges will fray, which is actually what I wanted. To finish off, I hand-sewed star buttons to the blue stripes. It's a flag- but it's not!
I used a $2.99 Walmart T-shirt, but this would also be a great way to reuse an old t-shirt with a stain or something!
Happy 4th of July, American friends! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Even though it's late, I'm linking up to some of these parties. Go check them out!