- Get PDFs of the flags you want in the correct scale. The two French flags are from the Perry plastic kit inserts and thus already scaled, so I scanned the sheet into a PDF. The Italian flag I found on the web and resized based on eyeball judgement as to what looked right. Of course you need to make sure that you have both the obverse and reverse sides with a common fold line where the flagpole goes.
- I set up two letter-sized sheets of flags and then printed them on an Avery printable fabric product that says it could be used iron on transfers or as appliqued.
- My first attempt was ironing the flags onto plain white cloth, linen in my case based on what scraps I was able to beg from the quilt stash. This worked great but gave a thick and rigid flag that couldn’t be shaped into anything other than a flat board shape. I gained a new respect for the qualities of the Greek linthothorax!
- Second attempt was trying to iron the transfers to them selves, folding at the fold line and going at it with the iron. This was an epic fail! Fail number one was that the damn thing wouldn’t glue to itself. Fail two was that we could not think of a way of putting a metal or plastic pole in place without potentially ruining my wife’s good iron. Even I am smart enough not to try and bodge it through.
- So third try saw me take the printed fabric flag, fold it over a pole and glue if down with craft glue. The approach needs further fiddling but I like the results as it gives flags with a fabric feel that can be moulded and shaped realistically. I do need to go back and fix the joins, especially on the blue Fleur de Lys flag for the pikes.
Again, very nice units Peter.