Call me Betsy…as in Betsy Ross. Not really. I buy flags. I don’t sew them…I definitely don’t sew them by hand!! I do repair them though. I repair them often.
One of mine and Kramer’s biggest pet peeves was when flags got frayed and the owners didn’t replace them. I get it….flags are expensive.
When we lived at the farm friends gave us a flag pole. We had wanted one but hadn’t bought one knowing keeping a well maintained flag was an expense. It was gifted to us so we made a commitment that we’d work hard to always have a well maintained flag.
Shortly after that, my dad passed away. In his house were several flags. He would make donations to a charity and they would send him a flag. Well I immediately offered to take the flags. I knew I’d use them along the way so why not take them as my “inheritance”.
At the time I also quit doing childcare and started working on my website Making Learning Fun on a full time basis. Kramer always teased me, “Saying if we can’t afford a flag you’re going to have to go back to work with a regular paycheck.” Well I had Dad’s flags and I quickly learned to repair flags to make them last longer. I didn’t want to “get a regular paycheck job”.
I did end up going back to childcare…not because we couldn’t afford the flags but because I wanted to buy a house. When we bought the house I needed a regular paycheck. That hasn’t stopped me from repairing flags.
If you look close you can see our flag was fraying.
Here it is close up. To most it would look like it’s time for a new flag. Not me!
For me it’s time to flip over the hem and sew it back down…like this….It is such an easy fix. The part that takes the longest is changing the thread color!!
I flip it over at the hem making sure all of the frayed edges are hidden in the hem. Then I sew across the hem about three times.
It’s often not pretty when you look closely at it. BUT it is very functional and no one sees the new stitching from the road.
I can often do this twice. It saves a lot of money on flags. AND it’s MUCH more respectful than a frayed flag.
Here it is…If you rehem the flags more than twice the flag proportions start to get noticed.
On a side note… Don’t you love how my son designed my planters. I hide toys under them. That way they can’t be seen from the road. I love them. Also it saves money on potting soil.
I hunt the thrift stores for flags….Typically May is a good time when they are starting to put things out for Memorial Day. One wouldn’t think they are there but they are. Everytime I see one, I buy it. It doesn’t matter if I already have two brand new flags at home waiting for the currently hanging one to fray. I still buy them.
My Dad died in 2007. I’ve NEVER bought a brand new flag. I’ve been gifted them but never bought one. Between my Dad’s flags I inherited, repairing, The 2 gifted flags and getting thrift store flags, I’ve never needed to. It really helps that one time at the thrift store I found 5 all in one crack. This one was $5 but typically I can get them for $3.
I’m a true patriot. I being an American and proudly fly an unfrayed flag…but I still am a thrifty gal.
I’m not as talented as Betsy Ross but I am pretty crafty.