Friday, March 11, 2011

Pirate Flag

My guys recently decided that they needed a pirate flag for their Man Cave. I have no idea why. Boys.
Luckily I already had everything I needed in my stash. Since we are focusing getting out of debt and saving up for our next house, I have been trying to do as many projects as possible with the supplies I have on hand.
First, cut a 15"x24" piece of black fabric. Fold over a 1/2" hem all around and sew. Take one of the short sides, fold over 1" and sew with a 1/4"hem. This will be the pocket for your dowel rod.

I searched for images of pirate flags for inspiration and came up with this. To print out this stencil, just right click on the picture and save. Then print whatever size you need. For this flag, I printed it at a full page size.

To apply the skull and crossbones to my flag I used the freezer paper method. You can find my tutorial here.

Once the paint was dry, I peeled the freezer paper away and my pirate flag was ready to go! I just slid a 3/8" dowel rod through the pocket and hung it in the Man Cave.

It probably would have turned out better if I had used a heavy black canvas instead of this thin black fabric but it'll do.
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Sourkraut said...

Awesome! Love that skull stencil. I might have to bookmark that for some future project.

Mrs. Adventure said...

You are do dang creative - I love it.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I never thought f using freezer paper for stencils like that - thank you for sharing

lisbonlioness said...

Can't believe we paid £5 for ours! D'oh!!
Btw, what do you mean, you don't know why they need a pirate flag? Tsk, no man cave is complete without one! :D

JamieS said...

I love this stencil for boys! I am going to add this to my list of fun things to do over spring break. My 5 yr old son has an unworn black t-shirt I ordered from old navy, just sitting in his drawer. I know he would love to paint the stencil himself. Of course, now I need to find something for my 4 yr old daughter, I don't think I will be able to talk her into a skull and crossbones, even if we paint it pink!

Tina said...

Great Idea - I am planning a 4 year old PIRATE party - so this will work wonderfully.


pretty paper posies

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

Thanks for sharing! I am using this to make a pirate shirt for my son's birthday party! :)

angelica said...

Thanks for sharing your project.
I just used the pirate skull and crossbones as an applique to decorate the arm sling I made for my 7 yo boy who broke his arm. He's delighted with his new pirate sling.
Happy holidays