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How to make a patrol flag

posted Jun 26, 2011, 2:56 PM by Summit Scouts
We're in the midst of creating permanent flags for each patrol (you patrol leaders are in charge.) We've picked up large, 2 foot by 3 foot backgrounds, 6 foot flag poles, and now its up to you to get your image on it.

Over at the Old Goat patrol, we've been working on ours as well, and I thought it might be helpful to share the process and some "in progress" shots.

1. Found a cool image for the Old Goat Patrol on the Internet.
I liked it so much, I'm planning to get these for our shoulder patches.

2, Blew it up in a pain program so that the central image fit on a 9" x 7" square. The troop bought a bunch of felt for everyone to use  in making flags, but the largest swatch is 7" x 9", so the goat (minus his horns, which are a different color) had to be 7" wide. Easily done with Paint or just a copier. 

3. The I printed it out, and cut out each of the image areas. So the horns are brown, so I cut those away from the head, which is white. I also cut out paper templates for the glasses, eyes, and the little patches inside the ears. I'm using tan, white and silver felt and labelled each piece the color I want it.

4. I laid out the whole thing on the flag background and added some pretend letters, just to see how it would look. I like it! 

5. Now the real work begins. Tomorrow I'm going to trace my paper templates onto the felt, then cut it out and hot glue gun it to the flag background. Then I'm going to add the letter. Finally, I'm going to fold a flag over on the side, and glue that down to make a seam -- the flag pole fit in that. 

But for now, the key is to FIND YOUR CENTRAL IMAGE. We'll work on the rest tomorrow and next week!