Make a… flag card

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Step 1

STITCH your bunt­ing flags onto a 6x4.5cm (2¼x1¾in) piece of 14 count aida us­ing two strands of stranded cot­ton for the cross stitch and one strand for the back­stitch. Leave six blank aida squares at the top of each flag, one square ei­ther side, and two squares at the bot­tom (see di­a­gram).

Step 2

LAY a 6x4.5cm (2¼x1¾in) piece of vi­lene on the iron­ing board (enough for five flags), shiny side up, and then place a stitched flag on top. Turn your iron up to a medium set­ting, with­out steam. Test the iron tem­per­a­ture on a fab­ric scrap; it will need to with­stand 10-12 sec­onds with­out scorch­ing. Once you are happy with the set­ting, lay a cloth over your stitch­ing and vi­lene, place your iron on top and press down with­out mov­ing for 10-12 sec­onds. Lift the iron and your vi­lene will be at­tached to the stitch­ing.

Step 3

WITH a pair of small, sharp scis­sors, cut out the flag fol­low­ing the di­a­gram op­po­site. Re­peat for all five flags.

Step 4

FOLD over the blank aida squares at the top of the flag. Add dou­ble-sided tape to the back of this flap, then hook the flag over a 33cm (13in) length of baker’s twine, work­ing from the mid­dle of the twine, and with­out leav­ing a gap be­tween the flags. Squeeze the flap against the flag to hold it in place. You could add a few stitches at the back to hold the flag se­curely onto the twine. Re­peat for all flags.

Step 5

PLACE the string of flags across the front of the card, tak­ing the twine ends in­side the card. Cut the twine, and then us­ing strong glue, stick the twine to the in­side of the card. With the re­main­ing twine make two small bows and glue them to the front of the card, at ei­ther end of the flag line.

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