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Instructions for Making Worship Flags

Updated February 21, 2017

A worship flag is an instrument used in Christian worship. During the musical portion of the worship service, flag wavers grasp a worship flag by the dowel. They wave the flags in different directions and make fluttery movements with them. A worship flag can be used by children or adults.

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Gather Supplies

The flagpole used for a worship flag is called a dowel. You'll need one dowel for each flag you make. The dowel should be less than an inch wide and about 36 inches long. Test its straightness by rolling it on the floor. It should also be free of anything that would snag the fabric. You will also need some flag material -- about a yard for each one. The material should be light and have a floating quality. You will need two brass grommets to keep the material in place. You will need about a foot of trim material like ribbon. You'll also need scissors, measuring tape, pins, hot glue and gun. These supplies will make a flag that's 29 inches long and about 40 inches wide.


Check your fabric to be sure it's square. Trim it if you need to. Then you will create a hem. Fold about 1/2 inch along all three sides and secure the hems with pins. Sow the three sides as close to the edge as you can. Use thread that matches the fabric. Next you'll make a hem for the dowel end. Fold and secure with pins about 1 1/2 inch of the fabric. Sew the hem. Now make a second hem. It should be 1/4 inch from the first hem. The space in between is where you will slide your dowel into.


Slide in the dowel. Sew a few stitches around the two openings of the hem. This will help keep your flag in place. Carefully screw the grommet to both sides of the flag. You can use a bit of hot glue to keep the grommet in place. Then put the end cap on the dowel and secure it with hot glue. You can jazz up the handle or pole by adding some festive ribbons to the tip near the flag. Cut various lengths of ribbons and secure them to the pole.

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