TUTORIAL: Irish Flag Banner

I enjoy decorating for all holidays, but I especially enjoy welcoming spring with the bright greens & golds of St. Patrick’s Day.  My husband lived in Ireland for two years while he served as a missionary for our church several years ago.  Ireland has a special place in our hearts & it shows with all the shamrocks & Irish flags scattered around my house in the month of March.

Today, I’m excited to share my first tutorial with you & show you how I made this cute Irish flag banner that decorates my entry.

  • One 12” x 20” piece of Fusible interfacing.  Use a medium weight to help give our flags some structure
  • Three 4”x20” pieces of cotton fabric: one each in orange, white & green
  • 2.25 yards of ribbon

This banner consists of ten 4″ x 6″ flags, attached to a ribbon.  We’ll start by cutting the parts for our flags:

    Cut your fusible interfacing into two 6” strips.  Sub-cut each strip into five 4” x 6” pieces.  You will need 10 – one for each flag.  We will call these our flag bases. 

    Take one of your fabric pieces & cut it into ten rectangles that are 2” x 4”.  Here, I started with orange.  Repeat for the white & green fabric pieces.

    Your pieces are all cut, so let’s assemble our flags:  Place one of the flag bases, fusible side up, & arrange your green, white & orange pieces side by side on top, right side up.  Press with steam for about 10 seconds to adhere the fabric to the flag base.  Repeat for the remaining nine flags.

    (let’s be friends & discuss my nasty well loved ironing board cover another day)

    Now it’s time to put our flags together in a banner:  Lay your ribbon on the table & measure 6” in from one end.  Place one flag at the 6” mark on top of the ribbon & pin to keep it in place.   Be sure that your flags are placed with the green on the left & the orange on the right side.

    (Seriously, I loathe pinning, mostly cuz I hate getting stabbed with pins … but it’s important here, so take one for the team)

    Starting at the top right corner of your flag (the orange corner) and moving down, stitch 1/8” away from the edge, all around the border of each flag.  Be sure to back-stitch to lock your thread in place.  

     The last line of stitching, on the top of the flag, is when you catch the ribbon underneath, so be sure it doesn’t slide around.  Back-stitch again to lock your threads in place.

    Place the next flag about ½” away from the one you just stitched & pin again, repeating the border stitching.  Continue until all your flags are attached to the ribbon. 

    Hang up your banner & welcome the luck of the Irish to your home!

    (“Erin go Bragh” means “Ireland Forever” in Gaelic)

    Do you know what the colors of the Irish flag represent?  The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland (primarily Catholics), the orange represents the followers of William of Orange in Northern Ireland (primarily Protestants), and the white represents the aspiration of peace between them.

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    1. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

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