Flannel was the perfect material to use for these flags. I wanted a feel of fall and what is better that flannel. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on this project either I bought 5 men’s shirts at a local thrift store. I had more than enough material for this project and 2 others. (keep a look out for them).
Supplies for making the flannel flags
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5 men’s plaid flannel shirts – I got them from the thrift store.
Black material for the letters
oil based Sharpie – black
craft paint– orange, red and yellow
Leaf stencils – They no longer sell the ones I used. These are similar.
Making the Flannel Flags
I had in my head what I wanted these flags to look like. The first thing I did was cut up the shirts into usable pieces. I cut the front of the shirts off, then the sleeves, then the shoulder area, following the seams. I used the front panels for the flags.
Next I made a pattern for the flags. For the pattern I used an envelope and just eyed it to come up with a triangle I liked. I got 4 flags out of the 2 front panel of one shirt. It gave me 20 flags (more than I needed). I folded the material then cut out the triangle. So the piece I cut out when unfolded looks like a diamond.
Now with all the pieces cut out I sewed them onto the twine I was using. I folded the triangle over the twine and sewed the sides up leaving the edges raw because I wanted to flags to look rustic.
After I had all the triangles sewn, I cut out the letters. This part did not go exactly as planned. I used my Cricut Explorer One. It did not cut the material out very well. I think it was the operator not the machine. (this was the first time I had tried to cut out material. I am going to have to google how to master that LOL) Even with the hiccup I got the letters cut out.
Next, I glued the letter down with fabric glue.
Then I stenciled on the leaves. After the leaves dried I took a oil based sharpie and drew around the outside of the leaves to make them pop a little. I really like how the leaves turned out because you can see the plaid through the paint.
So there you have a Welcome Fall banner made out of recycled flannel shirts.
Is your house set for fall? Have you used old clothing to make a home decoration? I would love to hear about it.
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