How To Make Toothpick Flags From Fabric Scraps

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Whether you are making cocktails, having party food or making a sandcastle, these handy little flag sticks will add the perfect finishing touches. Here is how to make toothpick flags from scrap fabric.

How To Make Scrap Fabric Cocktail Stick Flags


A few years ago, we visited the lake district, and found a gorgeous tea room with its own delicatessen. The deli also sold small food related knick knacks, and as I browsed I saw some wonderful Liberty fabric cocktail picks. But a pack of 6 cost around £15! So I decided to have a go at making my own. 

Over the past few years, I have decided that using up all the fabric scraps in my collection is one of my biggest goals, so I’ve made quite a few of these mini flag picks. Would you like to find out how you can too? Then read on!

You Will Need

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Heat & Bond , bondaweb or Vilesofix
  • Cocktail sticks of your preferred size
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • A template and heat erase pen (optional)

Take a sheet of your Vilesofix or Heat ‘n Bond with the adhesive side up and lay out your fabric scraps upon it until none of the adhesive can be seen.

Take a hot iron and with a dry heat, iron the scraps to the sheet of bond.

Using a template, cut to a rectangle of fabric to twice your desired flag size.

Fold the fabric in half, sandwich a cocktail stick into the centrefold, and iron with a hot iron, fusing the two halves of the fabric together over the stick. Iron over the wood of the stick too to ensure the fabric bonds there too.

Finally, if you wish, cut a triangle from the end of the flag. I feel this gives the flag a cuter look. You can omit to do this if you wish.

Sandwich picks or sandcastle flags made from fabric scraps - zero waste

Why not make a larger version for waving or decorating plant pots for a garden party or royal street party? Or make plain white ones that can be written on for labelling different dishes at a buffet? I am sure you can think of lots of ways to use these scrap flags.

I think they are ever so cute and will brighten up anyone’s day!

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Now you know how to make toothpick flags do you think that you will be having a go at these? I love to see your makes, so please do comment below, or tag me in your makes on social media.

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How To Make Toothpick Flags. When making cocktails, having party food & making sandcastles, these scrap fabric flag sticks add a cute touch!


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