How to Make Spinning Flags
How to make spinning flags
To make flags, you need a few things:
A light, draping weave, such as a silk, makes the best flag. Knits and stretch fabrics don’t work as well, since the weights tend to pull the flag out of shape and make it difficult to fly. Colors and patterns can make the visual quite amazing. Gold and silver tissue lamé are great for most lighting conditions. We of course prefer colors that glow under black light!
You will need leaded weight tape or braided weight cord. Most fabric stores have this.
or a needle, thread, and lots of patience
The fabric should be cut into two identical pieces. They can be square or rectangle. We have seen flags as small as 20″ square and as large as bed sheets. A good starter size is 45″ by 36″ rectangles. Take each piece and hem or fray check the unfinished edges. (You can leave the edges “as is” if you want them to fray. This can be an interesting visual effect, but be aware the threads can get tangled as you play.)
General Sizes for Flags
Small – 38″ x 32″
Medium – 45″ x 36″ – This is the standard size of most sets of dance flags.
Large – 54″ x 42″
For each flag, you will need two or three lengths of the weighted cord (see the calculator below for measurements). For a 42″ by 36″ light weight fabric flag, a 40″, 30″ and 20″ length should work fine.
Flagging Weight Calculator
We’ve resurrected this Flag Weight Calculator from the depths of the Internet so others may share it’s power. It used to live on spintribe.com. The calculator provides you with the proper lengths of curtain weight when you want to make your own flags. Thanks to and © 2005 Mark Ludwig for creating the original calculator.
Enter in the the size flag you want and whether you want your flag to be light, medium or heavy. Then press Calculate. The resulting numbers represent the lengths of lead curtain weight you’ll be needing to make your flags.