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January 28, 2016

how to make mini fabric flags

Edited: This giveaway is now closed.

I was feeling kind of crafty yesterday so I decided to gather some pretty fabric and see what came of it.  As I started to pull out various prints and colors and laid them side by side it occurred to me how cute they would look waving hello as sweet little fabric flags.


And since it's been a while since I did a tutorial I thought this simple project would be perfect to
share with you.  If you can sew a straight line then you can do this...trust me they are that easy.

Supply List
- 8 strips of fabric measuring 2" x 9.5"
- 8 bamboo skewers
- white liquid glue
- sewing machine
- packing tag or heavy cardstock
- pencil or erasable pen
- scissors
- ruler


To start put together a collection of eight fabrics in your choice of colors and prints.  I suggest keeping the overall pattern on the small side since that flags are miniature.


Begin by cutting one strip from each fabric that measures 2" x 9.5".


Then cut each of those strips in half so that you now have two strips of each fabric that measure 2" x 4.75' and set aside.


Next we'll make the flag pattern or template.  I used a shipping tag but any heavy cardstock will do. Cut a rectangle from the paper that measures 2" x 2.5".  (If you're using a tag just cut two inches off the bottom of the tag.)


Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and place a mark .5" up on the folded side.


Using scissors clip from the corner of the open end to the drawn mark at an angle and open.  (You may want to draw the diagonal line with a pencil as a guide before cutting.)  This will be your pattern.


Now grab the 2"x 4.75" fabric strips you cut and begin by folding a strip in half.  Next lay the pattern on the folded strip with the flat side along the fold and the notched end on the open side of fabric.


Using a pencil or frixion erasable pen  (which I love because it disappears with the heat of an iron) trace notched edge.


Using fabric scissors carefully cut on the drawn line. Repeat for each strip.  Note- it may be tempting to fold all the strips and cut at the same time but I wouldn't cut more than three together at a time.  Too many at once may cause the fabric to slip and you will lose accuracy.


Now grab your notched fabric and head over to your sewing machine.  Begin by sewing a one quarter inch seam on each of the folded sides of your flags as shown.  I stripped pieced this portion, pushing one flag after another without cutting the thread after each one.


If you used the chain piece method, clip between each flag before continuing.




Next using your one quarter inch seam as a starting point, sew around the sides of the flag without crossing into the original seam along the fold.


Assemble the flags by placing a thin line of glue at the top inch of a wooden skewer and sliding the fabric flag to the flat tip going over the glue.  Wipe away any excess glue.  Set aside to dry.  Repeat for remaining flags.


Lastly, take a moment to enjoy your adorable little creations.


The flags are cute tucked into bouquets of flowers or as their own bouquet in empty mason jars. They also look sweet tucked into the bow of a gift or you can snip the skewer down with scissors and insert them into cupcakes.  The only limitation for their use is your imagination.


Let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial and how the instructions work for you.  And of course feel free to pin away!

how to make happy flags

And for you non-crafty types and anyone else, I am giving away a set of these here on the blog.  Just sign up to receive Lemon Lane Style by email (link in sidebar) and leave me a comment telling my so and I will put your name in a drawing for the giveaway.  I will choose a winner on Monday morning.

Happy crafting my friends!

xo, Patty

If you liked this post be sure you check out this one on how to make a scrappy tutu.



26 comments:

  1. Well! Arent those the cutest things ever? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. These would be adorable and affordable paired with a few flowers for bridal or baby shower centerpieces. Wonderful tutorial!

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  3. Okay Patty these are darling. I pinned and will share it too but it would share better through sharing your FB post so let's figure that out.

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  4. These are adorable and I'm so glad you are still blogging! :)

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  5. Just darling Patty! They make me smile :)

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  6. These are so cute. Love the fabrics you used.

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  7. Those are just darling! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. they are so adorable.. :)
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  9. Thank you Patty for posting. So glad to be reading your posts again.

    Julie

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  10. Those are so cute! I signed up for some Lemon Lane Style :)

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  11. Great tutorial Patty. I think I will make some flags!!! Don't you love your Frixion pen!!
    xo Kris

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  12. Patty,
    Cute, cute, cute, mini fabric flags, dear friend!!!
    I loved them as a chain (banner) before you cut them apart, too!!!
    Easy peasy, but I don't prefer to sew.
    Might make some from "paper" though!!!
    Very inspiring!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  13. Elaine just introduced me to you via Facebook, these little flags are so cute, love them. Thanks for the tutorial, too! Looking forward to reading through more of your blog.

    Mary

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  14. Signed up for email alert. Happy you are still blogging. These are quite cute. Am hopeful you are still working on the needle book tutorial.

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  15. I aspire to be crafty but I'm not. I just look at all of your cuteness and sigh. :)

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  16. These are so cute! I saw them on FB via Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life. I would love to win a few since I don't sew! I signed-up to follow you via email.

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  17. Cute post :)
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    Maria V.

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  18. Love your mini flags. So cheerful! I already receive your email posts. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Judy

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  19. Absolutely Adorable ...Thanks for being so sweet and sharing the tut ! ~Angela

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  20. Your tutorial makes me think I can do this! I enjoy following your blog...I know we'd be friends in real time too ;)

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  21. Thank you for the tutorial! I can't wait to try and make a few!! I love little sparks of color here and there. Wendy

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  22. Thank you for your tutorial. We were inspired to use this for our monthly craft catch up!!

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