At some point in your life, you’ve likely pledged allegiance to the flag. But as you were in that classroom looking up at that banner, did your curious young mind ever wonder, “How is that flag made?”
Of course, this interest doesn’t necessarily have to apply to the American flag alone. Perhaps you’ve seen beautiful flags in various places as you’ve driven around and thought, “How are those even designed?”
It’s actually an interesting question, as not all flags are created in the same way. Read on to learn about the flag manufacturing process.
The Flag Manufacturing Process
There are various types of flags made from different materials. The best flags are made from nylon or polyester, as both are able to withstand various conditions. Nylon does have a slight edge over polyester though, as nylon flags tend to last a little longer.
Cotton flags are another popular choice, and they can make great decorations due to having rich colors. However, they are nowhere near as durable as nylon or polyester. They also don’t fly well, so they don’t make for good outdoor flags.
Designs can be printed onto flags. However, the most common method for designing flags is to sew pieces of dyed and undyed flag fabric together. In the case of the American flag, the stars are sewn onto the blue material piece by piece.
Buying House Flags
Whether you are hanging them on your wall, in your window, or on a pole outside, house flags can make a great decoration for your home. But make sure you hang it appropriately for the best view and to prevent damage.
During periods of rough weather with particularly heavy wind, take the flag inside. You should also clean the flag regularly, and watch for any signs of wear and tear.
Make sure you are using the best flag poles for the job. A rotating flag pole is helpful for preventing the flag from wrapping around and getting caught in your roof.
You can also use a fabric protector spray like Scotchgard to prevent UV damage as well as damage from water and soils that can cause stains.
And to prevent tearing, sew two or three rows of stitching along the end of a new flag. Come up the side a little with each row to keep the corners from tearing.
Follow these tips and you will be able to hang a lovely house flag while keeping it looking beautiful.
How Flags Are Made
Now you know a bit more about the art of flag manufacturing. You also know ways to put a beautiful house flag on display and how you can keep that flag looking beautiful for years to come. Now, every time you look at a flag, you can stare in wonder at the hard work and the creative process that goes into its design.
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