Football may be a cold weather sport, but when the weather warms up it’s the perfect time to get the family outside to play a game or two of our own. I decided to spruce up the game a bit and make some flag football flags instead of playing touch or tackle so that anybody can play with me. Check out the tutorial below to make a set of DIY flag football flags for your very own backyard super league.
- 3.5 cm width ribbon in three different colours
- 30 mm D-rings (one set for each football player)
- stick-on Velcro
- sewing machine and materials
Step 1: Cut lengths of ribbon. In one colour, cut out all of the belts for the players. The belts should measure the circumference of the waist of the player plus 15 cm.
Step 2: In another colour, cut four flags for each belt, 30 cm long.
Step 3: In a third colour, cut flags for each belt of the players on the opposing team.
Step 4: Hem the flags. On one end, fold the flag over 125 mm and sew it down with a straight stitch. On the opposite end, fold the flag into a point and sew the point down with a straight stitch. Repeat this process for all flags.
Step 5: On the belt piece, insert one end through both D-rings, fold over into a 15 mm hem, and sew a straight stitch so that the D-rings are held in place (you may want to go over this stitch a few times for security). On the opposite end, fold and sew another 15 mm hem.
Step 6: Place four pieces of Velcro on each belt, evenly spaced from the D-ring end and leaving a 15 cm tail on the other end with no Velcro. Place a piece of Velcro on the back of each flag.
Step 7: Have your players suit up and enjoy a game of flag football! (And if your little ones are too young for football, these also make for a great game of flag tag!)
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