Simple Ripped Fabric Flag
This is such a fun and easy DIY project! I created these simple ripped fabric flags with the plan to use them as table decorations on my Memorial Day buffet table. But you could use them as décor anywhere in your house, or even wave at a parade.
You can even make ripped fabric flags for any occasion or holiday. Just select fabrics that match your theme.
- 1/3-yard 100% cotton fabric in 3 coordinating patterns
- 12” long wooden dowels (I found a pack of 10 at Dollar Tree)
Budget = Less than $5!
Simple Ripped Fabric Flag Step-by-Step Instructions
First: snip ½ inch from the unfinished edge of your fabric, about 2 inches up. Grab the fabric you just cut and “rip” it away from the rest of the fabric. 100% cotton should rip fairly easily and will tear straight, giving you an even edge. Depending on how the fabric was cut in the store, your strip might be skinny and fat in sections. You can toss this first strip if you don’t like how it looks.
Second: cut 1” from the new edge of your fabric, about 2 inches from the bottom. Tear this strip from the rest of the fabric. You should now have a nice long 1-inch strip of fabric. It’s okay if it curls and the edges fray a little. That’s what gives this DIY project character. Continue to create as many 1-inch strips as you want.
Third: once you have all your fabrics ripped into strips, it is time to attach them to the wooden dowel. Fold your first strip in half, so that there is a semi-circle at the fold. Lay your dowel down a few inches from the fold. (see image)
Fourth: fold the semi-circle over the dowel and pull the two ends of the strip through the semi-circle. (see images)
Fifth: pull the two ends of the fabric strip down and tighten the semi-circle loop around the dowel. (see images) Make sure it is nice and tight.
Sixth: continue attaching strips to the wooden dowel. You can either attach them in an alternating pattern or at random. Whichever you prefer, it is YOUR creation!
Fini! Aren’t these simple ripped fabric flags SO fun and easy to make!! They are a great DIY Memorial Day or 4th of July project for you to do yourself, or with your kiddos.
Check out how cute they look on my Memorial Day Buffet Table.
- Depending on the fabrics you choose, you might have strips at different lengths. That’s okay, as it adds to the uniqueness of the project and provides visual interest. But if it bothers you, feel free to cut them all to the same length once you have added all of the strips to the dowel.
- I found that using six strips created a nice, ripped flag look.
- I also created two ripped fabric hangings that filled the dowel completely. I then tied twine to each side so I could hang them. This gave the ripped flags a different look.