Being patriotic has come to have so much more meaning to me over the last year. Since I have known someone who has actually given the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom it has given me more respect for the country I call home and the men and women who choose to serve in our military. So as Independence Day approached, I wanted to show a little patriotism on our front porch. The flag shutter project I found in the Lowes Creative Idea magazine. I love this free publication, you can subscribe by going here. They have so many creative ideas for your home and garden and as soon as I saw this project, I knew that it was one that I was going to do. I found a shutter at a junk store for $2 and it went from there.
It seems I now have burlap pillows for every season for my porch. Burlap is the perfect fabric to use for a pillow that will be in the weather. I have to tie mine down here in Kansas or they would blow away. They are so fun and easy to make. Here is how I made this flag pillow.
Using masking tape I masked off the shape and the square for the blue. My star cookie cutter came in handy as my star shape and I masked it as well.
Once the blue square was painted, I waited for it to dry and then masked for the red stripes. I use acrylic craft paint to do this and a stiff brush and dab the paint on more than brush it. The burlap soaks the paint up quickly so dry time is a snap.
Once the paint is completely dry you can pull the tape off and use this just as it is. Once I had sewn the pieces together and stuffed the pillow I decided it need just a bit more detail.
Getting out my red and white baker’s twine I stitched and little detail around the start and blue square as well as the entire pillow.
Using some flags that my kids had decorated their bikes with years ago for a neighborhood 4th of July parade, I strung them on the baker’s twine and they made a fabulous flag garland. Now we can celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic flare on the front porch.