Fashion for the Fourth: DIY Fabric Scrap Flag Top

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DIY Fabric Scrap Flag Tee

This Independence Day, try whipping up a customized patriotic tee before digging through your closet for a red, white and blue ensemble. This project is great for utilizing those scraps in your fabric stash. An iron-on adhesive sheet is used to turn fabric into appliques, making the possibilities virtually endless. Such an easy, comfy top — perfect for relaxing and sipping sangria on a summer night!

Supplies for the DIY Fabric Scrap Flag Tee


– Jersey T-shirt or tank top
– Red and blue fabric scraps (such as bandanna & denim)
– Iron-on adhesive sheet (I used this brand)
– Fabric scissors
– Iron
– Ironing board

Iron-on adhesive sheets can turn any fabric into an applique

1. Cut a large rectangle segment of red fabric. Next, cut a segment of iron-on adhesive sheet to fit inside the perimeter of the red fabric. Make sure that the adhesive sheet doesn’t pass the edges of the fabric — otherwise, you’ll end up with adhesive on your iron or work surface!

Iron-on adhesive sheets can turn any fabric into an applique

2. With the paper backing facing up, place the paper onto the fabric. Evenly apply an iron until the adhesive melts and sticks to the fabric. Be sure to double check the package for specific instructions.

Iron-on adhesive sheets can turn any fabric into an applique

3. Once cooled, the paper will have adhered to the fabric.

Peel the paper away to expose iron-on adhesive

4. Peel away the paper backing. This will expose another heat sensitive adhesive layer.

Red bandana fabric cut into multiple strips

5. Cut the red fabric into strips, creating a few shorter ones for the upper right hand portion of the flag.

Denim fabric scraps cut into triangles

6. Repeat Steps 1-4 with the denim fabric. Cut into several smaller pieces; I chose triangles. These will be placed in the upper left hand portion of the flag.

Apply an iron to the handmade appliques

7. With the adhesive side facing the shirt, firmly apply an iron to the fabric scraps. The adhesive will melt and stick to the shirt.

DIY Fabric Scrap Flag Top

And just like that, you have a customized July 4th shirt. I topped mine off with a chunky rhinestone necklace and ripped jeans for a look that’s laid back yet edgy. I used a men’s tee for a loose fit, but you can use any kind of jersey top that you’d like. Happy Independence Day!

DIY Fabric Scrap Flag Top

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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