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How to: Make 4th of July Fashion

Red, white, and blue is a great color combination. Unfortunately, like many holiday color schemes, there are only certain days that you’re allowed to wear these colors together. So take advantage of the upcoming 4th of July holiday by allowing yourself to match the flag—just don’t use all of these ideas at once unless you want to be mistaken for Uncle Sam.

Embellished Headbands

Flower Ribbon Headband

Photos by Terri O & Still Dottie

One of the easiest DIY projects to make is an embellished headband. There are numerous ways to embellish a headband, from gluing feathers and fabric flowers to adding ribbons and beading. Most embellished headband tutorials can be done with only three materials:

  1. Glue gun
  2. Headband
  3. Whatever you want to embellish with

Try this project idea for a flower and ribbon headband, or this one that uses feathers—you can personalize them in red, white, and blue for 4th of July. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Bib Necklaces
Another subtle way to show your patriotism on the 4th is with a festive, homemade bib necklace. Just as with headbands, bib necklaces are easily customizable for any holiday and can be embellished with just about anything—flowers, ribbons, beads, buttons…I could go on forever! Decorating headbands and bib necklaces in red, white, and blue is a stylish way to incorporate your 4th of July crafts into your wardrobe.

Ruffle Tops
For those who want to wear their patriotism on their sleeve (or any other part of their shirt), why not customize a ruffle shirt project for the 4th of July? Ruffles are also very stylish right now, and they are one of the easiest things to sew. To make a 4th of July ruffled shirt, all you need is a plain T-shirt or tank top and some festive fabric. Any type of fabric will do, as long as it’s red, white, and blue! You can even cut up a second T-shirt to use for fabric.

First cut your fabric into three long strips, about 2.5” wide. Make two of the strips about 18” long and one about 24”. That way you will have one long ruffle that runs down the middle of your shirt, flanked by two shorter ruffles.

Turn your strips into ruffles by sewing a straight line down the middle of each strip using your sewing machine’s largest stitch. Leave a few inches of thread hanging off the ends of your strips. Next, pull one thread and watch your strips bunch up into ruffles.

Making Ruffles

Photo by Dana Willard

Once you’ve got all three ruffles done, it’s time to sew them onto your shirt. First sew the longest ruffle down the very middle of the shirt (make sure to take the machine off its largest stitch or else your ruffles won’t be very secure!). Then sew each shorter ruffle down on either side of the middle ruffle, making sure they are still both the same length.

When you make and wear these 4th of July crafts, you’ll be just as vibrant as the fireworks, only much, much trendier.

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