How to Make Your Own Parade Flags

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon material or cotton fabric
  • Photo transfer paper
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Scanner or photos from a computer file
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Photo processing or craft design software
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Pillowcase
  • Dowel rod
  • No-sew fabric glue

Making parade flags allows groups or sports team to show their pride during events without spending a bundle. Sewing is not required for making parade flags. Parade flags can be as large you desire, providing space for a massive design scheme to be held by multiple participants, or they can be designed as smaller, hand-held items to be waved by a single person. Purchasing a personalized parade flag from a manufacturer can range in price from $150 to $500, depending upon size and embellishments.

Determine the size for the project. Purchase nylon material or cotton fabric cut to size from a craft supply store. Purchase a dowel rod slightly larger than the flag to use as a pole to hold the flag.

Create the flag design using the tools in photo processing or craft software. The chosen software tools will guide the user through the steps to add text, photos, graphics or frames to the project. Photos or logos can be inserted from a scanner or computer file. Flag designs or lettering can also be cut directly from fabric and adhered onto the project with no-sew glue if desired.

Select the tab for transfer or mirror image projects before printing the project. Print the design pieces according to transfer package instructions. Allow the printed items to dry thoroughly for at least 1 hour before use.

Determine where the parade flag embellishments should be placed on the project. Use a ruler to line up multiple design sheets evenly. Place the design sheets face down on the parade flag material.

Set the iron to the heat setting suggested on the transfer package instructions. Heat setting directions vary by transfer-sheet brand. Place the pillowcase on top of the transfer sheet and iron. Hold the edges of the material around the transfer sheet in place with one hand while ironing. Repeat this step for each piece of transfer paper.

Peel the transfer paper away from the flag when it is lukewarm to the touch. Hold the flag material firmly in place while gently peeling away the transfer paper. If the paper does not peel easily, run the iron over the piece again and peel.

Fold the side and bottom edges toward the back of the project to create a clean, finished-looking edge. Measure and crease the sides and bottom with a ruler before securing in place with no-sew glue. Fold the top of the flag around the dowel rod and glue into place. Use a ruler to measure the top edge of the fabric before folding to make sure the fold is even, and the flag will hang straight.


  • Print Shop software is easy to use, offers a large variety of tools and is inexpensive.


  • Practice how to properly remove photo transfer paper on scrap fabric until comfortable with the process and results. If the transfer gets too hot, the design may appear scorched or stick to the transfer paper when peeled away.