In honor of July 4th, I decided to decorate since the neighbors all have flags on their porch. I didn’t think that attaching a flag holder to my porch was going to happen successfully so I got crafty. I’ve seen flags banners all over and thought I might try making some of my own. Here’s how I did mine.
First I went to the fabric store and picked up four different fabrics. I chose patriotic themed fabrics with a red, white and blue color palette. I got about 1/2 yard for each but it was a lot more than I needed. I’ve been able to make about eight flag banners so some friends and family got some too since I only needed two.
I also bought a white nylon rope that you can usually find in an upholstery section of the fabric store. I measured the length that I wanted it to stretch at home and of course bought a lot more!
I had pinking sheers (those are the scissors that cut a zig zag edge), hot glue gun and glue sticks. This was a no sew project.
Here’s my directions for this super simple project:
- Cut a triangle template. I used an Anthroplogie catalog cover cause it was heavier weight paper.
- Use the template to cut about 3 or 4 triangles of each fabric that you choose. I cut them with scissors first with about a smidgen over the template (like 1/8″ maybe).
- Once the triangles are cut out, trim each edge with the pinking sheers. This will prevent the fabric from fraying and give a decorative edge to the flags.
- Cut four notches at the top of the flag wide enough to thread your string or rope through
- Allow for a tail (maybe about 12″ or so), make your first knot.
- Thread one of the flags using the notches. Tie a knot at the end so the flag doesn’t shift.
- Tie the next knot about an inch or two away. You decide how far away you want to place your flags on the rope.
- Repeat threading flags and tying knots at the beginning and end of each flag.
- Alternate the fabrics all the way across.
- Once you’ve set the flags on your rope, use your glue gun or a fabric glue to tack the knots to the fabric to secure them. I glued some of the rope in the middle too.
- Hang your flag banners and have a party!
Happy Birthday America!
Here’s an example of them hanging at a friends house as well.