Hello my friends,
Sorry about the long time between blog posts, I was packing up my house to get ready to move this summer and the move fell through so I had to unpack some items to get back to crafting. I missed my crafting blog. I have a bunch of stuff that I have done over the past 4 months that I will be blogging about in the next few weeks.
Today’s blog is about the Awesome Scout Troop flag that I made. My husband is a natural born scout leader he loves to help boys grow and develop into independent scouts. I in the past have only been the “Scout Mom” but for over a year now, I have been the Assistant Scout Leader for the 11 year old boys in our area. My wonderful husband is of course the leader.
When we started working with the troop they had a very small awkward and falling apart scout flag for the scouts to have for all of their meetings. Our scouts wanted a “Real Flag” that they could use proudly at all of their scout camps and activities.
Our Patrol Patch is a Tiger with flames behind it, so we decided to keep with the same tiger theme and just make a new flag that was the size of a “real flag”.
Knowing that the flag was going to be outside in the weather I picked up some good quality outdoor fabric to make the flag. At most fabric stores you can get outdoor fabric in every color, pattern and thickness. I went with a nice shimmery dark gray for the background, Red and yellow for the flames and light brown (the color of the scout shirts) to embroidery on and make the letters.
To start I went over to my Mother’s house to use her Embroidery machine to make a Tiger that would look great on the flag. My husband and my scout, Cameron, helped me pick out the Tiger that would look best on the new flag.
Wanting the flag to be double sided I planned on making the front and the back separately. I planned on sewing all the items on the background then, putting the two flags together. This was to make sure you could not see the stitching from the other side of the flag.
This is the tiger being embroidered!
This is the completed embroidered tiger above the troop patch we wanted to follow. I planned on using appliqué to attach the tiger to the flag.
Next we needed flames to follow the patch design.
I cut out of paper the flame design that I wanted. I then cut out some of the flames in red and some in yellow to make a nice fire design. I made sure I had the same flame design for both sides of the flag.
To attach the flames to the flag I used iron on tape to hold the fabric in place until I could embroidery around each flame and the Tiger.
I used a small satin stitch to go around both the flames and the tiger. I did my best to make sure both the front and the back of the flag were the same.
Using the same tan that the tiger was sewn on I cut out the troop name and numbers. I also used the iron on tape to hold the letters and numbers in place until I could embroidery around each of them. I then pressed everything flat with an iron and cut off all the loose strings.
I then with finished sides together I sewed the front and back together on three sides, leaving the side that will attach to the pole open to turn the flag. I then pressed the seams flat.
Next I took the extra fabric that is on the side of the flag that will attach to the pole and I folded it over and over to provide lots of support for the flag in the wind. I sewed back and forth on this area to strengthen the fabric. my sew lines are about 1/4 inch apart.
The new flag was then screwed onto the pole for durability.
The final project has been an awesome addition to our scout troop.
Our boys love to have the flag at every scout function and they have taken it camping 4 times already!
It still looks great!
I hope that you all have had a wonderful summer and you have had time to craft and enjoy life.
I look forward to sharing more with you soon.