How to Make Your Own Outdoor Flags

Things You'll Need

  • 3-feet-by-5-feet piece of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Assorted contrasting fabric pieces
  • Straight pins
  • Iron

Create colorful outdoor flags to display in your yard or from the side of a building or house. They can be crafted from a variety of simple materials to announce the birth of a new baby, to celebrate a holiday or just to add a decorative touch that will get noticed and attract attention. With a little creativity and imagination, children and adults can make outdoor flags for themselves or to give as special gifts.

Hem two long sides and one short side of the piece of fabric with a sewing machine. On the other short side, sew a seam large enough to allow the completed flag to slip over the flag pole for display.

Draw simple but decorative images or letters on paper with a pencil to create templates. Cut them out to serve as patterns.

Lay the templates on contrasting fabric pieces. Secure them to the fabric with straight pins, then cut out the shapes.

Arrange the fabric images or letters on the flag, and pin them in place. Sew them onto the flag.

Iron the completed flag on a warm setting.


  • Keep a craft box handy to collect odd pieces of fabric suitable for decorating an outdoor flag for any occasion. Also keep ideas in the craft box for outdoor flags cut from magazines or photographs.


  • If a child is participating in this project, only an adult should use the sewing machine and iron.


About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.