According to the University of Chicago, Medieval flags and banners flew as early as 870 A.D. The banners identified the lands of lords and knights and accompanied them into battle and jousting. The banners carried a picture or letters that signified the family lines of the lord or his feudal affiliations. One of the most popular flags was a vertical banner with a short stick at the top. The stick held the banner straight. A loop of cord attached to either side of the stick formed a hanger.
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Things you need
- 1-foot by 2-foot rectangle of felt
- Assorted pieces of felt in a variety of colours
- Fabric glue
- ¼-inch diameter dowel, 14 inches long
- Hot glue gun
- 2 feet gold cording
- 2 wooden beads
Cut one of the 1-foot ends of the felt. Medieval flags had a variety of shapes at their bottom. Some flags had a triangular section cut from the centre, leaving two points at the bottom. The Chevron flag came to a single point at the base. Still other flags ended in a round base. Choose the bottom of your flag however you choose.
Cut pieces of felt to form your flag features. You can research the heraldry associated with your last name or you can choose a symbol for your country of origin. You can cut out letters to form your initials. Glue the pieces to the front of your flag with fabric glue. This glue is flexible after it dries, allowing your flag to move naturally. Let the glue dry for at least two hours.
Glue the dowel to the back of the top of your flag. Lay a line of hot glue along the top 1-foot edge of the flag. Lay the dowel on top of the hot glue, leaving 1 inch of the dowel free on either side of the flag. Allow the glue to cool.
Tie one end of the cord around one end of the dowel with a knot. Repeat with the other side of the cord on the other side of the dowel.
Place a large spot of hot glue on each bead and glue it them to either end of the dowel to hold the cord in place.
Tips and warnings
- For a simpler flag, hot glue the base of a clothes hanger to the top of the flag.
- Always exercise caution when using hot glue.
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