I originally wasn't going to mention this project. It's one I've been "working" on for a while (probably almost a year if I'm honest) so it wasn't started for Felt February, but it's felt and it's coming back out of the "Accidentally Ignored" bag, so I guess it counts after all! Also, a friend who knew I was working on it said I should include it, so if it seems legit to her, step right on out of those judgy pants you were putting on.
I'm currently over halfway done with the "e" flags, so yay progress! I'm not really sure how it ended up in the "Accidentally Ignored" bag. I think it's mostly because I can't embroider in the dark while watching TV. But I'm going to make more of an effort to get this finished up. I have a long way to go, though, so expect this project to randomly pop up.
So, what is this project exactly? Basically, I got this genius idea to create a bunch of flags that have a letter of the alphabet on one side and a design of some kind on the other (think a crown, an anchor, a tree). I thought this would be great for all the times I'd like a garland with a custom message. I decided embroidery would be my favorite way to go (maybe because I hadn't figured out this rubber stamping technique). So I picked up the 6 primary felt colors (rocking Roy G. Biv's world, minus the "i"), picked coordinating floss colors, and set to work.
My first decision was flag shape. I'd originally thought that it would be fun to have different shapes. Some could be a triangle, some fish-tailed, that sort of thing. Then I decided there would already be so many colors in your average banner that something better unify these shenanigans. This actually made my life much easier because I could just turn the felt vertically and cut it in half. Then I found a font I liked on a Cricut cartridge and cut it out of cardstock and traced around the letters. You could do the exact same thing printing a font out on cardstock and then cutting it out to serve as your template. Just make sure every letter fits on the felt! To guide me on how many letters I might need, I consulted Scrabble for an ideal letter distribution (maxing out at 6 of any letter). I'm still working on selecting designs I'd like to use for the other side of the flags, but I figure I will approach it in much the same way. Then I'll just glue the sides and bottoms together, leaving an opening at the top so I can slide ribbon through and start throwing fiestas, showers, retirement parties, and more!
Ok, so maybe you feel this project isn't for you. Maybe you don't feel like you have that many occasions that require your own collection of embroidered flags. Or maybe you don't embroider. Well don't run away yet. First of all, you could always buy iron-on letters and decorations and make a version of this that way. If you really don't need that many flags, you could still make a smaller version that accommodates birthday wishes for the members of your family. I also think a single flag would be great for a child's room or even hanging on your front door (I'd probably just add a little more decoration). Then just slide a dowel through the top pocket and tie some ribbon from it so you can hang it up!
Let me know if you make a flag and how you're planning to use it! Or the whole thing! Or if you can think of other messages you can spell out with them (if they include bad words, I've probably already thought of them). In the meantime, I'm off to party plan!