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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monogrammed Flag

When I started to put away my 4th of July decorations I realized that I really liked the flags in the urns by the front door.  I didn't have any other flags to put in them, so I decided to try to make my own.
(Of course, I didn't take a before picture.  This one shows the flags a little, but it mostly shows some of the cutest kids on the planet! smiles!)

Let me also just put in a disclaimer right here. 
I did not take measurements...I just eyed it.  If you need exact measurements, this is not the "tutorial" for you. 

The items I used in making these flags were:
old flags, muslin, scissors, print out of letter, iron, sewing machine, acrylic paint, fabric medium, scotch guard, E6000 & fabric glue

First I cut out muslin about an inch wider than the flag on each side.

Then I folded over the top fabric (twice) to make a hem.  I iron each fold to make the sewing way easier.

Sew the hem closed.

I printed off the intial (Porcelain @ 720) and put it underneath the muslin.
(Martha says you can use an ink jet printer, print off the mirror-image, and iron it to the front.  It should leave enough of a mark that you can see it to easily paint over it.)

 I used acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium.  After it dries for 24 hours, then you heat set it.  I went over it with an iron.  Then I sprayed a light coating of scotch-guard on to make it a little more "all-weather."

I spray painted the tops of the flags black.  It doesn't need to be neat as you cover the dowel part with the flag.

When the "flag poles" were dry, I used E6000 to glue fabric to pole.  I made one turn of the pole, then added fabric glue to finish it off.  Once is was all dry it was ready to try out.
What do you think?

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mle said...

Oh! your flag is super cute!! love the font you chose!

jeana said...

love this idea, really cute!

Entertaining Women said...

I'm placing my order for two flags right now. That's okay, right? The flags are totally cool. Love it!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

that turned out wonderful! I love it!

Marie@Procrastinating in Pink said...

How cute! I have a little flag stand that could use a cute little flag just like that! I'm loving your blog! I"m now following you! :)

Kat said...

Awesome flag! I think I need one!

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

Oh this is seriously cute! What a great idea! You did a great job - and a wonderful tutorial!

Thanks so much for stopping by, the sweet comments and follow! :) It made my day!!

Get Nestled In said...

VERY nice! This is on my must-do list!

Inspired by you said...

Love the font! Looks great.

LillyB said...

Great idea!!

Nancy said...

You do a nice tutorial. I just know I'm going to do an initial "something" soon! Thanks for the tips.

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

By golly, I think I like it! Great job...even if you don't measure!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Very nice job! I paint banners on muslin and they stand up very well through the seasons. I do a final seal with spray acrylic, too.

Unknown said...

I like it! Great job! We're so glad you joined us for another great Anything Related party!

Diane said...

Great idea and keeping flags in the urns is a really fun idea. You can never go wrong with monograms. My favorite thing. Thanks for the idea.


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