Posted 15th May 2017
Head to the coast this month and see what natural treasures you can find. Beachcombing is great fun and you can turn your hand to a little crafting with your unique finds
Read the full feature from p.64 of the June 2017 issue of LandLove.
Raise a flag
Measure and cut out a piece of fabric that measures 40cm x 60cm. To make the point fold the fabric lengthways in half and lightly press with an iron. Unfold and then refold the fabric widthways into three equal folds and press again. Unfold, use scissors to cut the flag diagonally from the two outer corners to the first middle fold. Use the finished flag picture as a guide.
Fold or roll a small hem all the way round the outside edge of the flag, press or pin to hold. Fold the pointed flag ends as neatly as you can. For a neat finish at the centre of the flag make a small 2cm cut along the centre of the flag and fold the fabric as shown. Hem with a sewing machine or by hand.
Finally, fold and sew a 3cm channel up the straight side of the flag and across the top of the channel so you can slide your flag easily onto a bamboo pole. Iron the flag flat.
For the flag emblems download and print the template (see above). Print each template on to a separate sheet of A4 paper.
For each design cut out the paper shapes. Iron a sheet of Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive paper onto the underside of a darker fabric. Turn the fabric over and pin the paper pattern pieces to the fabric. Cut round with scissors and remove the paper and unpin. Arrange the pieces right side up on top of the flag.
Work one piece at a time; peel away the paper backing paper, replace and iron in place. The Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive provides a good adhesion but outdoor wind and weather at the beach may require extra strength, machine or hand stitch round the motifs.
Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive, £4.50 per 43 x 93cm sheet Hobbycraft