Good advice!!! You can also fall back on Old Glory = red, white and blue is available in many embellishments, and a simple ribbon border is very effective. You can do a beaded type of flag (instructions googled) or do an applique effect. Oh I guess that's paperpiecing! I have a tshirt with stripes made of red on white, and white w/red flowers and strawberries, and a blue field with white flowers that is so neat - patriotic colors in a country design. Maybe not good for the purist, but I've had people stop me and say can I take a picture of that shirt? I've tried to make a 12x12 paper design using this pattern but can't seem to work it out so photos can be seen.