A pennant is a flag that's long in length and typically tapers to a point. Pennants may be constructed of heavy cotton or nylon and are used for identification, national pride and team spirit. During mediaeval times, pennants were a means of displaying colours and symbols associated with royalty or various armies. Making mediaeval pennants for a project or decoration is fun and relatively easy and requires only a few supplies.
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Things you need
- Heavy cotton or nylon material
- Iron-on transfers and/or cloth cutouts
- Permanent markers
- Needle and thread
- Fabric glue
Select a shape for the pennant. Choose a traditional triangle shape or consider using other mediaeval-based shapes, such as those with scalloped or jagged edges.
Draw the outline for the pennant on a piece of cotton or nylon cloth using a ruler and pen. Create interesting designs such as scalloped edges by tracing around a lid or other round object. Cut out the pennant with scissors following the pen outline.
Determine a design for the pennant. Consider mediaeval symbols, lettering and other items from the period. Arrange iron-on and cloth cutouts on the pennant and determine areas that may be used for drawing with permanent markers.
Attach iron-on items to the pennant using a warm iron. Cloth cutouts may be sewn on using a needle and thread or attached with fabric glue.
Draw mediaeval designs, pictures or letters on the pennant using permanent markers. Use various coloured markers and allow the ink to thoroughly dry before handling the pennant.