Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

I have a problem.  I must come clean.  

I’m a procrastinator.


I know, you’re shocked.

I’ve been this way since I was a child. I always waited until the last minute to work on a project.  I mean the very last minute.  It would make my parents nuts!  They were always asking why I would do this to myself. Why would I wait till the last minute to start something?

My response was always the same… “I really think I do my best work when I wait until the very end.”

So, it shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone that knows me that I waited until July 3rd to start working on a 4th of July project.

That being said…

Do you remember when I bought several windows?  I mean, like over 30?

Antique Windows

I painted 25 windows and shared each one with you for 25 days.  That was fun!  In case you missed it, you can read it here.

Well, I had a few windows that had either unstable glass, or some kind of substance on the pane that just wouldn’t come off, or maybe I broke a few…maybe.  

I refused to throw them away and have held onto those extra windows for almost a year now… just in case.  

You know, just in case some amazing idea came to me and I’d want them.

Or maybe because I just couldn’t imagine throwing them away.

Or maybe because I’m becoming a hoarder.  

Or maybe all of the above.

Either way, when I started thinking of Fourth of July ideas, I went to my stack of leftover windows.

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

I decided to create a rag flag using one of the old window frames.

I grabbed some jute string, measured so that I would have thirteen lines evenly spaced apart (for the stripes of course), and began marking where my string would go.

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

Once I had my marks, I grabbed my staple gun and began stapling my jute string to the back of the frame.

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

Now that my strings were in place, I was off to Hobby Lobby to pick up some red, white, and blue fabric. Remember, I’m a procrastinator, so that means a Hobby Lobby trip on July 3rd. (I know my parents are glad they aren’t the ones hauling me off to the store at 8 o’clock the day before something is due!)

I chose a pretty light fabric for this.  One that could easily be tied.

I cut SEVERAL strips of fabric.  Each fabric was about 10 inches long and 1 inch wide.

I started off tying on the red and white stripes.

Fourth of July Rag Flag WindowThis process took about an hour.  

Or two.

I was so excited to see how it was turning out!

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

When the red and white stripes were done, I started on the blue.

Once the blue was complete, I cut out 50 stars (yep, there are 50 stars!) and glued them onto the blue with hot glue.

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

By this time it was 11 o’clock.  

On July 3rd.

I REALLY wanted to finish, but it wasn’t going to happen.

So, I woke up this morning to add the finishing touches to my flag.

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

Using my Silhouette machine, I cut out some little tags and letters to spell out “God Bless America.”  

I tied a piece of jute string across the top and used miniature clothespins (soooo cute!) to attach them to the string.

So, it may be just a little late to be sharing a 4th of July project by blogging standards, but technically, it is July 4th so I think I’m good.  Right?

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

Can I tell you how much I LOVE this?

Now, I just need to find a place for it to live forever!

Fourth of July Rag Flag Window

So, are you a procrastinator like me?  Please say you are.


Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!!




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. So so cute! I’m more of a procrastinator than you … I haven’t even started my 4th of July project yet. 🙂 Maybe next year.
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  2. Great job! I love this very creative flag!

  3. LOVE IT!!!!! SO cute!!! This is the best 4th of July idea in my book!
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  4. The best!!! Luv it and want one!
    I too am a procrastinator. Alas, my 4th decor never got done. :-/
    We are doing onside stuff as we are having a wet and soggy 4th. But a great day non the less.
    Enjoy.. and Happy 4th.
    Hugs, Gee
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  5. So cool, Claire! I love it so much! I want one!!!
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  6. Super cute, Claire! And I totally know how you feel about procrastinating…I’m the exact same way! It’s like I thrive off the stress of getting things done at the last minute! Haha! Hope you had a happy 4th! 🙂
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  7. Love this, Claire! Hope you had a nice 4th!!!~~Angela
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  8. Gorgeous creative upcycle Claire! I love it! Pinned and shared! Speaking of that, by the way where did you get the awesome share the love link connection used on your blog? I really could implement that.

  9. LOVE the flag! Think I’ll go to Hobby Lobby today and find a large oversized frame on clearance to make one of these! How much material did you buy? And YES….I was (and maybe still am) a major procrastinator. I was known to stay home from school “sick” the day a research paper was due to work on it, turn it in before te end of the day, and still get an A on it…..and I wonder why my boys are the same way!?

  10. So festive – hope you had a great 4th!

  11. Love this! What a great idea.
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  12. Connie Haack says:

    I am right there with you on the procrastination! I hung my red, white, and blue lights the night before….in the dark. Didn’t get many of my other decorations out. But I will be making a flag like yours.. I love it!

  13. Claire, this us just the guest thing I’ve seen done with a window in a long time! very original and i love it!
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