Sunday 6 November 2011

No-sew market stall flags

Our market stall

Cakey loves going to our local markets. And when we get home we always have to set up our own market stall and pretend to buy stuff. One weekend we decided to make some market stall flags to decorate our stall. This project could not have gone better. Cakey and I both made our own flags, she loved it and so did I. The end result actually looked good which surprised me as I try to be all about process not product.

There was a little bit of preparation – cutting up different scraps of material. I used the kid's old clothes that weren't in any state to hand down. I also cut out the flag bases (rectangles and triangles) from some lovely thick pink material.

Using generous amounts of pva glue and a paintbrush we stuck down all the different shaped and coloured scraps of material on our own flags. This project actually spread out over two days – rectangular flags on Saturday, triangular flags on Sunday. The result – beautiful flags without a stitch of sewing.

Once they were dried we hung the flags on the coffee table (with sticky tape of course) and played market stalls to our heart's content.

The following week I asked Cakey's dad to sew the flags onto ribbon to make them easier to hang. Now they get taken out and used for all sorts of games and imaginary play.

Ok maybe a little bit of sewing... but not by me!

Yes I am hanging my head sheepishly – Cakey's dad can sew and I can't. In fact he won't let me use his sewing machine as it quivers in fear when it sees me approaching. I would like to learn how to sew but if I do then I guess he will make me take up my own jeans!!

Note: As this was so fun I tried making some more with Cakey in a Christmas theme – it didn't go so well, you can read about it here.


  1. looks like you have a lot of fun and mess making with your art! I think that's the way kids craft should be. we love it!

  2. Love the market stall flags! What a cute way to use fabric scraps. My girls love to play "town" where they set up a town square with market booths and vendors. They'll love this:)

  3. How creative!! I love your market place! Thanks for linking up to TGIF Linky Party =-) I look forward to seeing more from you!

  4. so I did manage to teach him something useful!! Grandma

  5. Oooh they are postively adorably cute flags!!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. aww, those flag are adorable! :) well done.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week.


  7. What a great idea! I am *so* doing this with my daughters, they will love it!

    1. They worked out so well and we have used them over and over again. I hope your daughters love them.


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