How do you make custom flags for boats?


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Create a custom boat flag either by sewing it together from heavy fabric or by ironing a custom design onto a blank flag. To sew a flag, cut two fabric rectangles, cut two copies of each design element and sew them onto each rectangle. Sew the two rectangles together, and add grommets to one edge. To iron on a design, use fabric glue to attach each design element to the flag before applying heat with an iron.

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Boat flags must be robust to stand up to flapping behind a boat. Use a heavy fabric, such as nylon. Additionally, if using the sewing method, use a heavy thread and double-stitch. When sewing the edges of the flag, fold the fabric over several times to create a heavy seam.

If ironing on a design, use pins while arranging the design elements on the blank flag to hold everything in place. If using paper-backed, transfer glue, adhere the fabric to the glue before cutting out the shapes. With the paper backing still on, cut shapes out of the fabric and glue simultaneously.

When designing the flag, opt for large, simple shapes as much as possible. People typically view the flag from some distance away, and small design elements are difficult to discern. Additionally, simpler designs typically stand up better to the wind.

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