Here at Flagmakers we wanted to give you an insight into the skills, equipment and time that goes into each of our sewn national flags. We choose the Canadian Flag as an example, as it’s widely recognised and a great example of the applique process. Much of the method and skills shown are transferable to our entire range of sewn national flags.
As a member of the Flag Institute we have access to detailed and accurate patterns for every national flag of the world. That’s where the process begins the design for the flag is plotted onto paper and placed under fabric to be traced, in this case delicately tracing around the Canadian symbol of the Maple Leaf. Now we have the sewing pattern we can start cutting the rest of the fabric. We measure the fabric which will eventually form the “field” of the flag (otherwise known as the background). Once we have all the elements cut to size we can head to the machines.
In the case of the Canadian flag we begin by creating the red, white, red vertical design. Each panel double sewn into place. With the base ready we turn our attentions to the crucial bit of this flag, the Maple Leaf. The traced fabric is pinned into position and we move over to our applique sewing machine. Our machinist follows the drawn line sewing this layer onto the main “field” of the flag, once complete the excess fabric is simply trimmed away.
Almost there, to finish the flag we hem three sides and apply the flag’s headband to the forth edge. The headband features a wooden toggle at the top which is used to secure the flag to the flagpole. The rope extends from the bottom of the flag’s headband to allow it to be tied for hoisting. With the flag complete we quality check and then it’s ready to fly.