Hurray for the Red, White and Blue!! Celebrating the 4th of July is a marvelous opportunity for patriotic sewing projects. I’ve found six tutorials bursting with fun sewing and the spirit of the USA for you below! From quilts to pillows to buntings, your 4th of July home décor will shine with the joy of creativity and celebration. Choose a few or make them all!
Star Spangled Pineapples Quilt
Pineapples and the 4th of July? Yes, please! Amanda of the Jedi Craft Girl designed this spectacular quilt using just five fat quarters and a few yards of chambray. Finished blocks are 8” x 14” and would be perfect for pillows or table runners, too. These patriotic sewing pineapples start with red and white stripe units and finish with Half Square Triangles. Amanda provides wonderful diagrams for the construction of the Half Square Triangles that produce the yummy pineapples and spinning pinwheels. They’re two different sizes, so be sure to keep them separate while you’re sewing! Amanda’s free, downloadable PDF includes a helpful block placement diagram that makes assembly easy. Wouldn’t this gorgeous design be fabulous in tropical colors, too? Click here for the Star Spangled Pineapples Quilt tutorial.
Stars and Stripes Quilt
Inspired by a 2-1/2” strip pack, Jenny Doan of Missouri Quilt Co. designed this fabulously patriotic Stars and Stripes quilt. Jenny’s tutorials are always easy to follow and you’ll love the inspiration and encouragement in her 15 minute, super-helpful YouTube video. Those bold, impactful stars are made from strips, too! As always, Jenny offers options for your quilt design allowing you to choose between strips only or the addition of a mini-charm pack for the 55” x 67” finished quilt. Jenny bound her patriotic sewing without a border, but you can easily add borders to make the quilt as large as you’d like. Click here for the Stars and Stripes Quilt tutorial.
Patriotic Dresden Pillow
A traditional Dresden Block becomes a delightful patriotic sewing project in this gorgeous pillow from Amy of Ameroonie Designs! You’ll love Amy’s simple tips and methods for centering and attaching the finished Dresden to the pillow front. Choose fun red, white and blue prints, stripes, dots or solids or create a combination of different fabrics. It’s a great stash buster, but choosing fat quarters would be fun, too! Amy used a Dresden Ruler to create her block, but includes a Dresden Plate tutorial link, so you can make the block without a ruler. Assemble your pillow cover, pop it over a pillow form and enjoy, but don’t stop there. Make more patriotic Dresdens and create a throw, wall hanging or table runner for the 4th of July season, too! Click here for the Patriotic Dresden Pillow tutorial.
Flag Quilt Block Pillow
Adorn a pillow with this beautiful Flag Quilt Block and create an instant holiday in your home! Designed by Allison, the author and designer at Cluck Cluck Sew, it’s a stunning 11” x 16” design created with strip sets and star units. Allison’s patriotic sewing post is full of wonderful inspiration! You’ll love the project examples she includes using the same “no point” stars for quilts and more. Allison’s step by step tutorial on making the star units is linked in the post and her photo illustrations for pillow top layout are excellent. A terrific project all the way around! Click here for the Flag Quilt Block Pillow tutorial.
4th of July Star Bunting
Grab your scraps and enjoy creating this festive 4th of July Star Bunting designed by Faith Jones for Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Start with Faith’s free template for the flags and stars, then choose fabrics for the front and lining of each flag. Trace and cut each shape or use a ruler and rotary cutter to make this a super speedy patriotic sewing project! Faith’s instructions are great and include good tips for stitching the sides and clipping the seam allowance to create sharp points on your flags. Finish by following her hints for pinning the flags to your chosen bias tape for hanging and watch your “Old Glories” fly free and straight! Click here for the 4th of July Star Bunting tutorial.
Dresden Patriotic Banner Bunting
One can never have too many 4th of July buntings! So this Dresden Patriotic Banner is just right to add to our red, white and blue décor. Designed by Jessica of the Cutesy Crafts blog, it’s a wonderful way to showcase a traditional quilt block for a traditional holiday. Following Jessica’s steps, you’ll back your half-Dresdens with stabilized lining to create a sturdy bunting you can use for years. Her steps will lead you through the patriotic sewing of each banner. Jessica also skillfully shows you how to attach them to bias tape or ribbon. Wide Grosgrain would be perfect! If you don’t have a favorite Dresden Plate Block pattern, click here for a tutorial on Spruce Crafts. Then click here for the Dresden Patriotic Banner Bunting tutorial.