Wave That Flag, Part 2

After I shared inspiration for ring bearer flags earlier this week, I’m sure those of you who have been reading could guess what would come on the next DIY Friday. It’s time to share my ring bearer flag project!

My ability to work with fabric is limited by the fact that I don’t have a sewing machine. Most of the flags I saw online were put together using one, so those of you who sew might take a totally different path on this sort of project. I hope that those of you whose sewing skills are like mine, limited to putting buttons back on coats and tacking up hems, find this approachable.

Let’s revisit the inspiration. The flags I saw online were definitely put together using a sewing machine.

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From Joyful Weddings and Events / Photo by Jessica Claire

Totally cute, right? I realized that I’d have to make my version very sturdy. It looked like the flag in my inspiration picture was falling apart a little bit. Small hands are going to play with these things. I imagine my nephews might wave their flags with…fervor. Disintegrating flags might ruin the fun.

Supply list

  • Fabric (cotton or cotton blend is probably best)
  • Iron transfer paper
  • Fabric fuse tape
  • Wooden dowels
  • Fabric Glue
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Iron

I like to assemble as many pieces of my projects as possible before I start to put them together, so my first step was to cut pennant shapes out of my fabric, cut the dowels down to appropriate sizes for each of our ring bearers, and print the flag designs on the iron transfer paper. I have three nephews who are about the same size and one that is considerably smaller, so you’ll notice that there’s one “mini” flag being constructed.

Each of my flags needed two pieces of fabric because the material I had was lightweight. If I just used one layer of fabric, the design on one side would show through on the other. The dowels I found at the craft store were about a yard long, which were far too big for children. I just kind of picked a point on the dowels and hacked at them. For the designs, I took a picture of the corn hole boards I painted, printed a mirror image on iron transfer paper, then printed out some text that would replace our monogram in the design.

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Photos by Miss Mink

With a tiny pair of scissors I last used to cut out chiffon circles for my bridesmaids’ shoe clips, I carefully cut the floral design and text out of the iron transfer paper. I lined the pieces up and ironed them for about 20 seconds. Holding my breath, I started to peel the paper off…

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Photos by Miss Mink

Woo hoo! It worked! For the back of each flag, I printed “Hooray!” with a fade to one side. I couldn’t figure out how to do this on my Mac, but on my PC, I was able to add a fade to a text box in MS Word.

I didn’t like the raw edges of the fabric pieces, so I decided to add some grosgrain ribbon as trim. First, I steamed the ribbon while folded in half. I put fabric fuse tape on each side and used that to bind the ribbon and the two pieces of fabric together.

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Photos by Miss Mink

The ends of the ribbon didn’t come to a point, but I’m okay with that. I actually convinced myself that once tucked and secured, the ribbon looked kind of cute. A little glue and the fabric was attached to the dowel. I did a few furious waves to make sure the bond would hold up to the passionate energy of five and seven year old boys.

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Photos by Miss Mink

I thought I was done, but I riffled through my ribbon cache (I have a thing for ribbon) and added a bundle of ribbon to the top of each flag.

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Photos by Miss Mink

I LOVE how my ring bearers’ flags turned out. I may have paraded around the living room with one because I was so proud of myself. I can’t wait to put these in the hands of the little boys in our bridal party!

I think with all of our vendors secured, I have entered into a full blown DIY mode. Did your DIYing increase as you got closer to your big day?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    Mrs. Aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:43 am

    These are so cute! Great Job! :)

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    ButtercupBo 163 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:58 am

    Oh my! I have ring bearer pillows that I thought I loved but now I want flags!!

    Maybe I can retire a pillow in favor of a flag??

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:08 am

    @Miss Aardvark: Thanks, Miss A!

    @ButtercupBo: I won’t lie to you…this took quite some time to do, so if you’re close to the day, stick with the ring pillow unless you have a sewing machine. :)

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    anna4041 88 posts, Worker bee @ 7:12 am

    This might be my solution! I am really debating on what our ring bearer will take down the aisle…I’m not really a pillow person. I’ll have to run this by the Mr.. The ribbon adds the perfect touch!

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 7:13 am

    I LOVE the flower design you painted for your cornhole boards, and it obviously was a major time investment — good for you for incorporating it in your day in other ways.

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    knvprincess143 1036 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:25 am

    HOORAY to Mink for another inspiring DIY!!! See I knew you wouldn’t disapoint me. I have 2 nephews in the wedding too. The 7 year old is pulling the 11 month old down the aisle in a wagon which will have a sign “Here Comes the Bride” with cans dragging off the back. But maybe I can make a flag for the 7 to hold too, I really love yours.

    Since I didn’t have that many vendor to secure in the first place (the beauty of a backyard wedding and a FI that is a caterer), I’ve been in DIY mode since day 2 :)

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:29 am

    Those are really cute. I love your logo.

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:55 am

    @anna4041: I agree! I think letting little boys be little boys makes sense. I bet my nephews could handle carrying a pillow, but I want to encourage them to be a little silly. :)

    @Miss_Manda: I’m actually going to write about the design at some point. It’s a hybrid of two different things. The banner and the flowers on either side of it are from a Weddingchicks download.

    @knvprincess143: I love the wagon idea! Just yesterday, I saw a photo of one flower girl leading a younger one down an aisle and I thought it was adorable!

    @Coffee cup: Thanks!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:00 am

    Adorable! You should probably make an extra one for you to prance around with after the wedding :)

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:02 am

    @Mrs. Pony: The thought DEFINITELY crossed my mind!

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 8:20 am

    Oh wow, they are really adorable! You did an awesome job on these. This totally makes me wish we hadn’t decided not to have a ringbearer!

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    soyjoy222 3782 posts, Honey bee @ 8:39 am

    Mink stop being so cute!!!
    Kidding. I seriously cannot wait for your recaps.

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    Mrs. Candy Apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:49 am

    I love that design! Super cute.

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:22 am

    @Alleycat: Thanks so much!

    @soyjoy222: Hee hee. I just realized yesterday that there is a HUGE gap between the wedding and the recaps. I don’t know how I’ll make it!

    @Mrs. Candy Apple:Thanks!

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    Bias 98 posts, Worker bee @ 2:08 pm

    Wow, your DIY projects are quite a feat! I can picture a magazine spread (are you pursuing this at all??) on the big day, with lots of goodies to talk about. Very inspiring, and with a busy job to boot! Wish I had even a smidge of extra time . . .

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    Aud1628 540 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 pm

    They turned out awesome! I am totally envious of you DIY skills lady!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:11 pm

    My goodness, I adore the floral monogram you created. So cute!

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:04 am

    @Bias: I’m not sure our wedding would be magazine worthy and I’m not entirely sure how weddings wind up in magazines, but I don’t think I’d turn someone down if they offered to feature us!

    @Aud1628: To ba air, I messed up lots of projects early on in blogging, before I became a Bee! My skills were honed after a lot of projects!

    @Future Army Wife: I think better cover the monogram soon!

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    BreeninBoston 160 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:45 am

    These are amazing!

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:39 am

    @BreeninBoston: Aw, thanks!

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