A few years ago I entered my design for a flag place mat into the Dupage County Fair. I’ve entered many things over the years, but this did the best. It got a blue ribbon in its category as well as a purple Special Award. It’s pretty easy to make.
This place mat is about 13×17″. I cut 1 1/2″ strips of the red and white fabrics. Cut 8″ squares of the blue fabric. I sewed five strips together first: RWRWR for the upper stripes. Then I cut those into about 10″ sections. I pressed the stripes away from the white ones. Then I sewed the bottom stripes: WRWR, about 17 1/2″ sections. Attack the shorter stripe groups to the blue squares, then sew those to the bottom. I had Warm and Natural Batting, and sewed all layers together, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning, pressing, and hand sewing. This could have been quilted, but it was fine without. It’s a nice, easy patriotic craft for folks who want to learn to quilt or are experienced. Seam allowances should be 1/4″ but sometimes it’s easier for me to do 3/8″, especially whh something that will be washed a lot. Enjoy!