Those of you who know me know I’m not a big fan of sewing, so I’m always happy to share the how-to info and you are welcome to simply special order the yardage from me (or use regular fabric if you want).
If you haven’t watched the swing flag intro, you may find it helpful so you can conceptually understand what we’re going for. What’s beautiful about swing flags is there is no sticks and the weight is distributed (unlike the voi), which makes less likely to hurt someone. I never like to say it’s IMPOSSIBLE to injure yourself or someone, but let’s just say *I* haven’t found a way to hurt anyone with one of these.
Basically they work by grabbing one of the longer sides in the middle and allowing the lead corner (weighted corner) to lead the flow of silk as you move. Flows beautifully!
You’ll notice the outer dimensions on the diagrams below change as you fold and sew.
What you’ll need
- 3 yards of 36″ wide 8mm china silk (1.5 yards for each flag) or 2 yards of the 55″ wide 8mm china silk (just know your raw edges will be on the long sides rather than the short)
- 4 yards of drapery weight (2 for each flag), which I call weighted string since that’s what it looks like! I got 4/32″ WHITE COTTON SAUSAGE BEAD WEIGHTED TAPE – 1.0 OZ/YARD (search for product #DW35)
- Thread and a sewing machine
Cut a piece of silk approximately 36″x49″
Iron the fabric in place (so you don’t have to pin it before you sew)
Sew edge in place on the two sides that won’t have the weight. (FYI – the corner with the weight is called the “lead corner”)
Fold and sew a pocket around the weight and then secure it
Worship and enjoy!
NOTE: If you order dyed yardage from us to create your swing flags, you will receive the silk to do a pair still in one piece (not two pieces). Cutting can be a pain and a neat trick about the silk we use is it tears straight. If you choose to tear it, you’re doing so at your own risk, but we wanted to help position you for success by showing you how-to rip silk 😉
Note for those wanting to use different fabric than what I’ve mentioned in the instructions: you will need to adjust the weight based on the weight of your fabric. It is VERY important to have your swing flag properly weighted (too heavy flows too fast, to light and it will drag). Though there is some grace in weighting, if it is off by too much it will distract you during worship, which is NOT what you want! So I suggest experimenting until you get it right (which is what we did and what is shared in the info above). Happy worshiping!
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