Get your home Christmas-ready with this statement pennant flag, perfect for hanging in the hallway to greet visitors, or as a focal point in your sitting room or kitchen. We’ve used a dark navy blue and gold foil iron-on vinyl to create our banner, but you could use any colour of fabric and iron-on vinyl you like to suit your interior style.
Project and how-to make instructions by Kathi Smith
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Cricut Peacock Blue Explore Air 2
Cricut Basic Pastel Tool Set 5 Pack
Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat 12 x 24 Inches 2 Pack
Hobbycraft Raspberry Midi Sewing Machine
Cricut EasyPress 2 Heat Press 23cm x 23cm
Cricut EasyPress Heat Resistant Mat 30.5cm x 30.5cm
Cricut Light Gold Foil Iron-On 12 x 24 Inches
Navy Cotton Homespun Fabric Pack 112cm x 2m
Hemline Iron-On Interfacing 1m x 1m
Women's Institute Cream Home Cotton Aran Yarn 100g
Hardwood Dowel 1/2 x 36 Inches
Step 1 -
Log in to Design Space, you will need Cricut Access for this project.
Open a blank canvas and create a 58 x 58cm square and a 58 x 24cm triangle. With the ‘Actions’ and both shapes selected, click on ‘Weld.
Use this as a template for your design.
Step 2 -
Select ‘Image’ from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and type ‘Merry Christmas’ into the search bar. Select the design below and click ‘Insert’.
Step 3 -
With the image selected, go to ‘Actions’ and click ‘UnGroup’.
Step 4 -
Select the green and red shapes layer and delete from the design.
Step 5 -
With the image selected, go to ‘Actions’ and ‘Duplicate’ the image.
Step 6 -
With one of the images selected, select ‘Hide Contour’. Remove ‘Christmas’ from one and then repeat and remove ‘Merry’ from the other - the deleted element will be light grey in colour, and the visible element black.
Step 7 -
Reposition the ‘Merry’ and ‘Christmas’ words. Once happy with the layout, drag a selection box over the entire greeting and resize to 52cm wide.
Step 8 -
Select ‘Image’ from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and type ‘Holly’ into the search bar. Select the design below and click ‘Insert’.
Step 9 -
Resize the ‘Holly’ to have a width of 26cm wide.
When using Iron-on vinyl always make sure the mirror function on the mats is on so that the text reads from left to right once it’s ironed on.
Step 10 -
In ‘Layers’ recolour the Holly to the same colour as Merry Christmas. Check you are happy with the design and remove the flag template.
Once happy with the design, click the green ‘Make It’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and follow the instructions to cut the design.
Step 11 -
Using a weeding tool, remove the negative pieces (the bits you don’t want to iron on) from your design. Once the piece is fully weeded place the piece to one side for later.
Step 12 -
Take your fabric; make sure it is pressed well. With fabric chalk, mark out your flag shape. You will need to cut on the fold, with the fold being the top of the flag. The size of the flag including Seam allowance is 59 (W) x 83 (H)cm.
If you prefer you could make a paper template first and then pin to the fabric to cut out. Cut one piece of interfacing and iron on to one side.
Step 13 -
Set the fabric aside and make your fringe. Cut lengths of Women’s Institute Cream Home Cotton Aran Yarn, approx. 50cm.
Tack on the fringe to the bottom of the flag, the fringe should be facing up towards the top.
Use Cricut’s Interactive Heat Guide to determine the best settings for your EasyPress.
Step 14 -
With the right sides together, sew around the flag leaving a gap at both top ends big enough to fit the dowel and one big enough to be able to turn the flag through. Also making sure your fringe is sandwiched inside.
Press the seams well, turn through and press again, then take your cut iron-on vinyl designs from earlier and place on top of the flag, using your EasyPress to secure each piece in place one at a time.
Step 15 -
Insert the dowel rod through the channel at the top of the flag, then secure a length of twine to either end of the dowel before hanging the pennat flag in pride of place in your home!
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