Fabric Scraps (for the basic flag shape you will need
Embroidery Needles (not too thick)
Spare buttons, small fabric scraps, and other bits and pieces (I used small doilies on some of mine)
To get started put your flag fabric in an embroidery hoop.
Then pick one word or phrase that you would like to have on your flag. ( Maybe use the Fruits of the Spirit or a favorite song lyric for inspiration.)
Write this word or phrase it in pencil on your fabric.
Then “trace” the word with your embroidery thread using a chain stitch.
Next, add all your other embellishments – buttons, fabric shapes, old jewelery etc.
While you are sewing say a prayer inspired by your choice of words. Pray those words over your home, over your family, or over someone you know has a need in that area. You can also sing a song or recite a bit of poetry as a prayer while you stitch as well.
Once you are done with all your flags, simply sew them onto a length of twine or ribbon and hang somewhere in your house.
You can make as many or as few as you want.
And remember – this is isn’t about being perfect. There is no shame in wonky letters and rough edges and loose buttons. Prayer Flags – just like prayers – are to be real and authentic.
Want more stitching instructions and inspiration? Visit Sublime Stitching – so many great tips!