Okay, “Big Bang” has nothing to do with today’s tutorial on making a flag. but it’s a nice transition to talk about making a handmade flag for your little race car lover. Little Linus and I have been reading non-fiction books about race car driving, and we learned about the different flag colors and their meanings on the race track.
He’s been asking about having one, and so I thought it was time to add more kid creative projects back on Hometown Betty.
- White, red, yellow, green, black, blue (not shown), and checkered fabric (approximately 1/2 yard each)
- Colored thread matching fabric colors
- Measuring tape
- (6) 1/2 inch x 36 inch Wood Dowels-Bag of 25 (contains affiliate link)
- 4 oz Original Gorilla Glue (contains affiliate link)
- Parchment Paper/Wax Paper
- Clamps (optional)
- Sewing machine
Step 1. Cut fabric to 21″x30″.
Step 2. Iron a hemline.
Fold twice over at half-inch increments. Remember to cut corners off to remove bulk in the fabric. Pin together.
Step 3. Sew a single straight stitch all the way around.
All flags should be sewn. (In the image below, I had already made the red flag, and I added a purple and blue flag for fun, which are not really part of the racing flag tutorial. Although, the Autobahnspeed website shared a blue flag with orange diagonal stripe, which means I may need to make a modification to the blue flag.)
Step 4. Glue shorter end of flag to wooden stick.
When using Gorilla glue, be sure to use parchment or wax paper, so that it doesn’t stick to your flag. As you can see, I used paper towels, and it stuck to the flag, which can look unattractive and difficult to remove once it is dried.
Step 5. Clamp down fabric to wooden stick.
You can use a heavy object, such as a book, or chip clips (aka clamps) to hold fabric to wooden stick until glue dries. Although you cannot see it in the picture, I used clamps at the ends and one in the middle to secure the flag.
Step 6. Voila! Project complete!
Your project is complete. If you’ve got a lot of wind, then you’ll have lots of fun with your flags. Even if there is no wind, your little ones are going to love playing racing games like we did.
From my hometown to yours,