Old Glory, Old Hobbies

What better way to welcome the patriotism that is to come than with a little at-home red, white, and blue? A red, white, and blue runner to be exact. Here is the break down to how it was created:

Step 1:  Cut out five 11″x 15″ rectangles (any print/color you would like), four 4.5″ x 15” rectangles (a complimentary print to your first choice), and one 76” x 18″ rectangle (best if the material is slightly thicker than the other two).

Step 2:  Take one 11″ x 15″ square and lay it print side up. Then, take one 4.5″ x 15″ rectangle and lay it on top of the 11″ x 15″ print side down.

quilted runner

Step 3:  Sew pieces together along one of the 15″ sides.

Repeat steps two and three for each of the remaining 11″ x 15″ and 4.5″ x 15″ rectangles– alternating each time, and sewing each new rectangle to the last one.

table runner

Step 4:  Turn sewed pieces print side down and iron down the back pieces as shown below.

diy table runner

Step 5:  Place large 76″ x 18″ rectangle print side down, then center alternated pattern rectangles made above print side up.

july4th runner

Step 6:  Use pins to secure both fabric pieces to your desired positioning.  You should have about an inch border all around.

4th fo july runner

Step 7:  Fold borders halfway in, then fold over one more time and sew all along the entire runner.

diy july 4th

And here it is as it sits currently on our table!

fourth of july diy projects

Now back to the title… “Old Glory, Old Hobbies”. As you may know, the United States flag is sometimes referred to as Old Glory. Well in Googling the history behind the term Old Glory, I somewhat deviated into learning more about Betsy Ross instead. (You might remember Mrs. Ross as the lady believed to have sewn the first American flag). Her biography is quiet intriguing, but what I love most about her is that she obviously had an interest and a talent for sewing. Sewing! She is said to have sewn many of George Washington’s clothing and I think it is kind of sweet how she, through her talent in sewing, created something to celebrate America’s joyous independence. Fast forward 235 years later and here I am, using my interest in sewing to celebrate the jubilation that is the Fourth of July. Almost as if we could have been kindred spirits…   :)

old glory

Happy Fourth everyone!

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