What better way to cheer up a plain wall than with a lovely DIY word pendant flag displaying your favourite quote? I’ve seen similar flags popping up around the interwebs and decided to be one of the first to do a no sewing machine required DIY tutorial!
What you’ll need to get:
- Cotton material 50x52cm
- 15mm Dowel
- Iron on fabric transfer paper
- Hemming Tape
- Tiny drill bit (can you tell I don’t often use power tools)
- Leather to hang
- Cut your dowel to a 40cm length using a small hand saw, you could probably even cut this thin dowel with a pair of secateurs if you have them handy.
- Drill a hole on both sides – approximately 5 cm in from each end.
- Iron flat your cotton material.
- Fold in the sides so the material measures 30cm across, pin and iron the seam.
- Fold two triangles along the bottom so it makes an even point, pin in place and iron the seam.
- Now with your hemming tape cut the desired length and sandwich in between the folds, iron down to bond.
- Take your piece of 40cm dowel and fold the top of the flag over and pin
- Remove the rod and put a 30cm piece of hemming tape underneath where you have pinned leaving a 15mm section for the rod.
- Let you flag completely cool.
- Open up your chosen design, you can open and print out the one I designed here, or you can make your own, you just need to remember to print in mirror reverse.
- Print out your design onto the fabric iron on transfer paper, I bought a cheap alternative on eBay and it was a complete waste of money, so learn from me and don’t scrimp on this part. I bought the iron on transfer paper for light fabric at Officeworks (5 sheets for $19.99)
- Cut as close as you can to your design. The first flag I made I didn’t do this part and it ruined it as you could see the cloudy transfer paper – learn from my mistakes guys!
- Measure where you would like your transfer and lay it down with the back facing up.
- With your iron on a dry cotton setting start ironing over the transfer, keep the iron constantly moving around all parts of the transfer for 30sec.
- Let cool completely before removing the backing.
- Insert the rod back into the top seam.
- With a desired length of leather (I had a scrap piece about 40cm long) thread it through one side knotting the end and then the other. I just used a basic knot but you can get creative.
- Hang up and admire!!
I am super impressed with how amazing this turned out and all without going near a sewing machine. YAY! It makes my day seeing your take on my tutorials so connect with me on the following channels or leave a comment below if you have any questions.