Free Directions to Sew a Welcome Spring Yard Flag

  • 01 of 05

    Getting Started

    A Completed Welcome Spring Yard Flag
    A Completed Welcome Spring Yard Flag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Materials Needed:

    • Nylon or Broad Cloth fabric. For a standard flag that is 3' by 5' you will need 2 yards of 60" wide fabric, However, you can make a slightly smaller flag from one yard of background fabric. The size difference is not extreme. For the flowers and stems, gather 1/4 to 1/2 yard pieces of the colors you want to use.
    • Sharp scissors - Making these flags may be the perfect excuse to invest in a good pair of applique scissors.
    • Print Out of Bubble Letters that have been sized...MORE for flag use.
    • Print out of Flower Templates
    • Thread - a Quality thread that will survive the weather.
    • Carbon or dressmaker's marking paper
    • Pins
    • Pencil or ball point pen
    • A sewing machine with zigzag capabilities

    The Body of the Flag
    A standard flag is 3' by 5'. Cut your background fabric 3' 2" by 5' 4.5". You may want to make your flag shorter than 5' in order to utilize 60" wide fabric. That way you will only need a one-yard piece of background fabric.

    Hem both 5' edges (or long edges) by turning under 1/4" and 1/4" again and top stitching the hem into place. Hem one 3' edge the same way for the bottom hem.
    Turn under 1/4" on the other 3' edge. Press the turned edge down 3" towards the body of the flag. Pin into place and top stitch the pressed edge to form the pole casing.

    The Flag Letters

    Assemble the letters that you are going to use. Tape the paper templates together keeping the letters an even distance from each other. Test the size and placement on the background fabric. Once you are pleased with the size and placement, cut a strip of fabric the color that you want for the letters, that is long enough for the letters. Leave a few inches of extra fabric on all sides on the letters.
    On a hard surface, place the fabric, a piece of carbon (marking side down towards the fabric, and the letters. Pin them together just enough to keep things from slipping. Using a pen or ball point pen, trace the outline of the letters so that the carbon marks the fabric.
    Repeat for any other letters or words that you are going to place on your flag.
    Pin the lettering fabric in place on the flag background.

    Flowers And Stems
    Choose the colors of fabric you will be using for each flower and stem. Follow the same procedure to transfer the templates onto the fabric, that you used to mark the letters.

    Place and pin the flowers on the background. Don't be afraid to play with the placements and a number of flowers you want on your flag.
    Learn How to Transfer Pattern Markings and The Types of Tools Used

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  • 02 of 05

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure
    Cutting And Sewing Procedure to Sew a Yard Flag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure:
    Set your sewing machine for a medium width zigzag that is not as tight as satin stitch but enough to hold the fabric layers. For this flag, I set the zigzag at 2.5 stitch width and 0.8 stitch length.


    Make some curved lines on a few of your scraps and practice before you actually start on the flag, to get the feel of how to control curves and sliding fabric.

    Sewing The Letters
    With your letters pinned in to place, stitch on the lines that you transferred to the fabric....MORE Trim away the fabric that is not the color where you want it. For example, on my flag, I used a blue background and wanted white letters. I trimmed the blue from the area with in the letters and trimmed the extra white fabric from the edges of the letters.

     

     

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  • 03 of 05

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Coneflower

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Coneflower
    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Coneflower. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    1. Mark the flowers using the same procedure described on the previous page. Trim the bottom of the flower section piece and line it up with the petal section. Zigzag the sections together without the background fabric.
    2. Pin in place on the flag. Stitch the outline of the entire flower. Trim away the extra fabric that is outside the outline. Trim away the background fabric that is behind the flower.
    3. Stitch the petal lines.
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  • 04 of 05

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Tulips And Stems

    The Tulips
    The Tulips. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Use the machine settings described in step 2

    • Pin the marked tulip fabric on the body of the flag.
    • Stitch the outline of the flower.
    • Trim away the background fabric and the excess flower fabric.
    • Stitch the petal lines.
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  • 05 of 05

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Daisy, Leaves And Stems

    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Daisy, Leaves And Stems
    Cutting And Sewing Procedure For The Daisy, Leaves And Stems. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Use the machine settings described in step 2

    1. Stitch around the edge of the center circle. Trim the excess center fabric from out side the stitching. Trim the background fabric from behind the center.
    2. Pin the petals in place and stitch on the marked lines.
    3. Trim away the excess petal fabric. Trim away the background fabric from behind the petals.
    4. Place the stems and leaves. You may want to extend the stems. Use the same procedure as you used for the flowers to complete the stems and leaves.