Patterns to make your own flags & banners

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    Patterns to make your own flags & banners

    A flag or banner is a great way to spruce up any occasion, whether it be a birthday party, holiday decor or a church function. Part of the fun of these decorations is being able to make them yourself. Not only do you save money, but you also have the chance to be creative. Sometimes, though, the hard part about this project is finding somewhere start -- that's when a pattern comes in handy.

    A banner will brighten any occasion. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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    Style

    The style of flag or banner depends on the occasion. A bunting banner is great for a birthday, while a standard flag works well for a church or community activity. Before you start looking for patterns for your banners, decide what type of banner you need. For bunting banners, use a triangle. An isosceles triangle (a triangle with two sides the same length) works well for triangle banners. Test out your triangle pattern by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting it at an angle from the folded edge to the bottom until you find a triangle that prefer. Then use that piece as your pattern for the bunting sections. For rectangular styles of flags and banners, the pattern is simply in measuring your preferred size.

    The triangle-style bunting is a fun way to dress up any occasion. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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    Material

    Choose what to use to make your flag or banner, which affects the pattern you choose. Paper works for wall-to-wall banners, and fabric is an optimal choice for flags. Make bunting banners with either paper or fabric. If you're unsure which to choose, take inventory of your craft supplies and work with what you have. If you make a fabric banner, your pattern will require sewing. When deciding on a size for the banner pieces, include seam allowances in your measurements.

    Using supplies on hand is convenient and budget-friendly. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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    Measuring

    Measuring is the key to a good banner or flag pattern, especially if you're adapting a pattern from someone else. If you'll be hanging the banner between two walls, measure the distance between the walls. A wall-to-wall banner hangs best by making it a little shorter than the wall-to-wall distance. If you want to make a bunting that is draped across an opening or wall, take a spare piece of string or twine and play around with how much drape you like. Then take that measurement and use it as a reference for each section of your bunting (for draped buntings, multiply the single drape measurement by how many drapes you want in the final product). For lettering on your flags or banners, measure the letters so they'll be big enough to read. Twelve inches is a good baseline for letter height; 15 to 20 inches is a good estimate for letters that need to be read from farther away. For flags on which the lettering needs to be smaller, make sure that the text is dark enough to read.

    Accurately measure your space. (Gary Houlder/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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    Embellishment

    The truly fun part about making your own flags and banners is the embellishment. Whip out glitter, thread, sewing machine or craft paint, and have fun personalising your flag or banner. A pattern is a great resource for you to start, and the best part comes in making the final flag or banner your own. With just one pattern, you can make countless flags and banners and have all of them look different.

    Children love to help with the embellishment phase. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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