Oh! More Stars!

The flag is finished!
It’s going to fly above Fort McHenry on Saturday September 14th!

There’s another part of the Stitching History project….making a smaller flag from the same materials….as a fundraiser….a raffle flag!

I’ve been working on the stars. The raffle flag is approximately 4’x6′ and the canton is 20″ square. The whole canton is the size of one of the large stars! These stars are about 3″ wide. They could not be constructed with the same method as the large stars because the blue fabric frays so much…it’s about 24 threads per inch. I could not cut out the blue fabric and turn it under on the back.

So here’s another way to create flag stars on both sides of the flag!

First appliqué the stars by hand to the front of the flag. Place another piece of white fabric underneath and baste around the edge of the star shape…that’s the green thread.


On the back, cut out the star, adding a small seam allowance around the basting stitches.


Clip the inside points, clip the basting threads, needle turn the seam allowance under, and begin to appliqué the star on the back.


Turn the seam allowance under so that it matches the appliqué stitches from the front. This will insure that the stars are the same size on both sides.


Continue around the star on the back, carefully following the stitches from the front.


Turn to the front and finish the star by quilting….yes, quilting! ….about 1/4″ in from the edge of the star, actually following the shadows of the seam allowances.


These stars are quite a bit smaller than the 2-foot-wide stars on the new Star Spangled Banner!


It’s been a challenge to figure out how to make stars, but I love the way they look!



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    Hi Mimi,
    I just saw the segment on Stitching History on CBS Sunday Morning. My first question was how were the stars stitched? Thank you for the images and explanation here. What a great project. Those women who made the original were speedy pros who made great use of their time. I cannot imagine how they were able to finish in six weeks.

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