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Raggie Star Garland

Happy July 4th week to all from the B Farm! I managed to get quite a bit done from my project list last week. I didn't finish everything but I got the major projects done that needed to be completed by the weekend so I feel good about that. And the mantel is finally decorated for the 4th/Summer. I added a few red flowers to the flower arrangements, the chippy star, a raggie star garland, Uncle Sam made from a piece of fence picket, and the lantern filled with starfish.

 Uncle Sam was made from a piece of fence picket with a strip of wood for hat band glued on then painted. Easy!

One of my projects from last week was making a raggie star garland for the fireplace mantel. I used the technique from raggie quilts - easy to do. I like the way it turned out too.

To begin with, I got 4 different cotton fabrics - 2 reds and 2 blues. I got 1/4 yard of each except for the stripe and I got 1/2 yard of it. You also need some osnaburg fabric - I had some left over from a raggie quilt I'd already made. You can find it with the muslin and other utility fabrics. It frays well.

Next, you cut your star shapes ( I made a template from a piece of cardboard ) - you will need a piece of osnaburg and a front and back of your cotton fabric for each star. I cut out 3 striped stars ( 9 pieces ), 2 dark blue (4 pieces), 2 red floral (4 pieces) , and 2 light blue (4 pieces) and 9 osnaburg stars. Then you layer the stars together - 2 cotton stars, right sides out, with one osnaburg star in the middle. Sew each star with a 1/2" seam allowance. You will then snip each seam allowance 1/4" to 1/2" apart, being careful not to snip the thread. You can see the stitching on the red star below:

Wash the stars then dry them. This causes the edges to fray and rag. Poke a hole in the arms of each star and tie together with twine. Hang and enjoy!

I hope you have a fantastic 4th! I'm off to cooler climates to visit some friends. Looking forward to under 100 degree weather!


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  1. Love your patriotic decor. The star garland is stunning, and your mantel vignette is gorgeous. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    1. Hi Marty! Thank you for your encouraging words. Always glad to join your party!
      hugs back!

  2. I love the raggedy star garland with the cute stars of patriotic colors. Your Uncle Sam is wonderful from the fence post an artistic tpuch! Have a great 4th!


    1. Thank you Pam! Glad you liked it and thanks for visiting. I will pop over and visit you back!

  3. Wow Cecilia! You are so lucky you can paint like that! The fence post of Uncle Sam is so cute and what a great repurposing idea!

    1. Actually Doreen, he was very easy to paint. You just draw out the design and fill in with red, white and blue. Or peach for his face. lol. I just noticed I didn't finish his mustache - it should have been outlined with a Sharpie. Oh well! Glad you like him. You should see my big one! I used a 4 ft picket for him...he actually has a body lol.

  4. Greetings from Montreal, Canada, Cecilia. You are very talented, and this is a beautiful post.

    1. Hi LInda! I'm so sorry I haven't replied before now ( how did I over look it? Yikes!) . Thank you for visiting all the way from Montreal! And thank you for the sweet comments.

  5. Oh Cecilia - I'm in love with your raggedy garland - it looks so beautiful against the brick!!!

    1. Thanks Suzan! I am just now discovering I hadn't answered your comment. I'm so sorry!!


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