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How to Make a Denim and Lace Fabric Scrap Flag

This shabby flag is made from denim scraps, lace and drop cloth. It's sweet, ruffly and a perfect option for those neutral-loving diy-ers out there!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!


Remember when you were a teenager and you fell in love for the first time? You couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, couldn't stop thinking about that one special person. They invaded your mind!

This denim and lace fabric scrap flag took over my mind and my heart! I lay awake one night, creating it in my head...wondering (and hoping) that it would be true love and it would come together as I dreamed.

I can't wait to show you how I made it!

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SUPPLIES FOR DENIM AND LACE FLAG

Disclaimer: minimal sewing skills are a must for this project

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • sewing machine (I used my mom's vintage Pfaff, but this one has gotten rave reviews from several of my friends who sew)

HOW TO MAKE A DENIM AND LACE FLAG

Step 1: PREPARE FABRIC

Start by washing and drying all the fabric, except the lace trim.

Cut (or tear) 2 pieces of drop cloth to the size you want your flag to be (mine is 18" x 15"). This will be the base of the flag. I've doubled it to make it extra sturdy.

Tear strips of drop cloth and strips of denim/chambray. Long strips are good as they'll be ruffled in a minute, but size isn't that important.

Lay them across the base in a pattern that's pleasing to you, alternating the dark and light fabrics to get an idea of how it will look.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

STEP 2: SEW BASE

Pin the two base pieces together and sew around the edges, about 1/2" in from the frayed edges.

STEP 3: ADD STARS SECTION

Decide what you will use for the star section, and pin it onto the flag base. I cut a piece of denim fabric 7" x 5" and sewed the pleated pieces from my chambray dress on top. I love the texture this adds. A jeans pocket would be a great alternative.

The reason I didn't sew it onto the flag base yet is because I want the edge of the ruffled stripes I'll be adding to be tucked underneath so they don't show.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

STEP 4: ADD RUFFLED STRIPES

Make the ruffled stripes and sew them onto the flag base, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. If you're unsure how to ruffle, sew a seam down the middle of one piece of fabric using the longest stitch width available (make sure to leave thread tails at each end). Grab the two tails from the top on one end and gently pull to ruffle the fabric. Space ruffles evenly so they fit onto the flag base.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Pin the fabric strips to the base one at a time and sew a seam right down the middle. I think the DIY flag looks best when the stripes are close together, even slightly overlapping.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Carry on ruffling and sewing one strip of fabric at a time to the flag base.

If you haven't worked with drop cloth before, you might be surprised at all the frayed edges. Just pull those off and keep going. That's actually part of the beauty of working with drop cloth when you're making something that has a vintage feel...frayed ends!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

STEP 5: SEW STARS SECTION

Now you can run a stitch around the perimeter of the stars section, securing it to the flag permanently.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Can we pause for a minute and just admire this perfect ruffly, shabby goodness? I love when a dream becomes reality, and this fabric scrap flag came together just as I was hoping!

STEP 6: ADD BUTTONS

Sew on buttons for the stars. You could glue them on, but I hand-stitched them. I did it fairly randomly, just spacing them out nicely.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

I'm really thrilled with how this little shabby denim and lace flag turned out! It's neutral, matches my decor, and can be displayed year-round (as opposed to some of the brighter, red white and blue decor that sticks out like a sore thumb in my home).

To hang it, I strung it from fishing line to cup hooks attached to my mantle.

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

This was such a fun project, and I love the results!

Please feel free to Pin and share!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Little DIY thinks this denim and lace fabric scrap flag would make an adorable pillow, and I agree! I may turn this flag into a pillow cover sometime in the future, but for now I'm enjoying it right where it is!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

Neutral lovers will adore this easy shabby-looking flag made from denim,lace and drop cloth! The full tutorial is available at diy beautify!

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2 comments:

  1. This flag is adorable! Love it and pinning to my "America" board.

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    1. Hey Jennifer, thank you for your sweet words and the Pin!

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