We Aren’t Perfect Prayer Flags

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My children and I made these quick and easy Tibetan prayer flags. We started with small block prints my 7-year-old daughter had made with an amazing teacher, Yarrow Ries. I started us off by choosing a striped print of many colors that looked nice with the paint color in the block prints. Then, I choose other fabrics from our stash in colors that closely matched the colors in the striped print.

Using a piece of 8.5 x 11 copy paper as a pattern, we cut the quilt fabrics with regular shears (somewhat haphazardly). We cut the blocks apart with pinking shears and used the zig-zag stitch to applique the prints to quilt fabrics. We did not fold under any edges. Then, both children got to practice zig-zag stitching by going around all four sides of the quilt fabric. We did not form any hems. I encouraged the children to stitch about 1/2 inch from the edge, but we ended up with beautifully uneven stitches that range from 1 inch to 1/4 inch in from the edge.

After all the stitching was done, I folded the top edge of each flag over a long purple ribbon and used a zig-zag stitch to attach it. I left no extra space between each flag.

As we use this wonderful Tibetan prayer flag as a “camping garden”, I expect the colors to fade and the fabric to fray beautifully as it flutters in the sunlit wind.

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