Ribbon decorations known as "cockades" have been around for centuries, and they are most commonly associated with the French Revolution or military. Cockades have been worn on hats, used to show political leanings, and have also been used in mourning customs. As shown here, they are used in a front door decoration for the Fourth of July. The designs can be made as simple or as complex as you like by layering various sizes and patterns on top of each other, and adding your preference of vintage buttons, medals, or tails. Rayon grosgrain ribbons are a favorite to use for this project, but polyester, satin, and cotton work as well. (We used ribbons from Michaels, JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, and Vogue Fabrics.)
The best way to work on this project is to take everything one step at a time: Cut and fold all your ribbons first, using a straight pin to hold them in place on a piece of foam board. After each ribbon has been cut and folded, move on to sewing. After the loops and ends are all stitched, move over to the ironing board and begin to arrange and iron each cockade.