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Independence Day Crafts
by Brenda Arnold
Stars and Stripes Placemats: All Seam allowances are 1/4 inch wide
stars and stripes placemat craft for Independence DaySupplies:
Two 9-1/2-inch completed unfinished Stars and Stripes quilt blocks in coordinating colors.
1/4 yard of blue print fabric
1/3 yard of red print fabric for back
12 x 19-inch piece of quilt batting
Six 1/2-inch gold star buttons
Directions:
Cut the Fabric:
From blue print, cut:
Two 1-3/4 x 18-1/2-inch strips for borders
Two 2 x 42-inch strips for binding

From red print, cut:
One 12- x 19-inch rectangle for back

Make the Place Mat:
1. Download the Free pattern for this project.
Stars and Stripes quilt blocks pattern
Download Adobe Acrobat
2. Sew two blocks together with the stars on the outside edges. Sew one 1-1/2 x 18-1/2-inch strip to top of place mat and one to bottom of place mat.
3. Layer the top, batting, and back together; baste. Quilt as desired. (The maker of the place mat shown outline-quilted around the small star blocks and stripes.) Finish place mat with binding. Sew a gold star button in center of each star.

4th of July Salt Dough Pins:
Show your love for the USA by making one of these fun and patriotic pins to wear on your shirt or hat.

July Fourth Independence Day Pin CraftSupplies:
½ cup salt
1 cup flour
½ cup water
Acrylic paint: red, white and blue
Pin backs
White craft glue
Small cookie cutters: heart, star, number 4
Acrylic sealer spray
Directions:
Mix together the salt, flour, and water. If dough is sticky, add additional tablespoons of flour one at a time until the mixture is smooth a pliable. Be careful not to add too much or your projects will crack. Roll out or press dough with your hand and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. (See photo.) Place shapes on cookie sheet and heat oven to 250 degrees s F. (See photo.) Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, or until items are dry. Remove from oven and let cool. Paint all the shapes white and let dry. (See photo.) Use a small paintbrush to ad red stripes and a medium paintbrush to add solid blue to the heart and the star. You may need a second coat of blue. Let dry. (See photo.) Use a toothpick dipped in paint to write “JULY” down the side of the number 4 pin. Write “I love (draw a heart share) USA) on the heart pin. Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in paint to add polka dots onto the number 4 and the top of the star. Let them all dry and have an adult spray them with acrylic sealer. Turn pins over and glue on pin backs. Use a generous amount of glue and let them dry completely before wearing.
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