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Miniature chartreuse green peace flags

Reprinted from PPJPC.ORG:
 
These little peace flags were such a hit at the parade. And they came together without too much fuss. This being an election year, perhaps others will be seeking to make these affordable 6 x 7 inch flags on 12 inch dowels.
 
Youll need one yard of fabric for every 36 flags. Dowels of 3/16 inch diameter come 20 to a bag. Youll expend one glue stick for every 10 flags.
 

For equipment, you need an inexpensive glue gun and a quilters fabric cutting ensemble which includes the standard 18in x 24in cutting mat, 6in x 24in acrylic ruler, and 45mm rotary cutter. This method of cutting the material will prove indispensable. Im not kidding. At every cut, youll be unable to contain yourself from audibly expressing how easy it is.

If you plan to print an image on your flags, the silk screen process will be far and away the cheapest. In such case, a common screen used for t-shirts will accommodate 4-up, aligned horizontally. This means youll get four flags per screen pull. Take note that the heat-drying process used in silk screening will require that you choose a predominantly COTTON fabric.

For the silk-screening, youll need first to cut your fabric into 12in x 14.6in panels. This can be done in TWO CUTS. Take the material youve purchased, leave it folded as it came off the bolt. For the uninitiated, a fabric yard represents 36in by 44in which folded in half means a 22in length. Using the cutting mat to measure the fabric, cut a 12 inch strip. This will produce a 12in x 44in piece. Leaving it doubled over, make the second cut at 14.6in which effectively divides it into 3 equal pieces.

Repeat until youve got a tidy pile of near-squares ready for printing. You may find it much easier to cut all the strips first, then make the dividing cuts.

Youll note that as a result, 2/3 of your panels will have a factory hem on one side. Since youve no intention of hemming these flags, it will be of interest to exploit that single protected edge to forestall fraying. Sort your panels so that the factory edge is on the same side in the pile. Again you can keep this in mind right after youve cut the panels. This is explained out of order in the interest of clarity. Youre doing this to be helpful for when the printer handles the panels.

The printer will want to set the screen to offset the image to the right of the center, to allow for the fabric needed to wrap around the stick. This calculation will have to be made when you create your printed image. Since the stick will be glued to one side of the flag, it will be best to position the factory hem on the opposite side to achieve the maximum benefit, thus, the right side.

Once the panels are printed, you can cut them into individual flags. This will require another TWO CUTS, and this time you can cut them four panels at a time, depending on the sharpness of your blade. Just make sure your panels are all oriented the same direction, then cut them into equal quarters.

Next, with the printed image facing down, apply a bead of hot glue in a strip 1.5 inches inside the post edge, you can do this with two squeezes of the gun, then apply a third squeeze in a squiggly line between your first bead and the edge.

Quickly place the wood dowel against the middle of the squiggly glue and rotate it such that it draws the edge of the material up and around the dowel to meet the thick line of glue. Press the fabric together for a couple seconds to feel the glue making contact. Youre done.

Cost per flag: At $2.99/yard, fabric for each flag costs 8. Dowels were 5 each. Figure the glue at 2 per flag. Depending on your printing costs, probably you can calculate each impression to cost 25. Which means, not counting your labor, the flags cost $0.40 a piece. If you are thinking to make several thousand, perhaps this cost still appears prohibitive. But imagine youll end up with a very finished looking product which your recipients will take home as keepsakes.

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