How To Make Referee Penalty Flags

Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to throw down a flag and get attention? You're at home and your unruly child is creating chaos and mayhem throughout the house, or you get into one of those really angry spats and your significant other has just gone into something that you don't think is fair, or maybe you've got a little football league and want to feel the authority of having your referee throwing down a flag! Hey, no problem at all. Sure, you could go ahead and buy the flags you need for about $8.00, but shipping can kill your production costs and you want the feeling of making your own flag, the satisfaction that the job is well done. Besides that, with the economy as bad as it is, why not make it yourself?

The following is a step by step approach to making your own referee penalty flags. In just a few simple steps, you can make your own flags and have them ready for use.

Step 1: Find an arts and crafts store and buy nylon or polyester fabric. You want a material that can be used over and over again and withstand being used for months and years on end.

Step 2: I know you're asking how much you will need? Well, a penalty flag's official size is 14 1/2" x 14 1/2", so take that into consideration. If you want 2 flags, buying 29" x 29" worth of material will give you twice as much material as you need. You can make FOUR flags out of that much material. For the more pedantic or meticulous craftsman, you also may want to invest in a 15" or 18" ruler to measure out 14 1/2" on each side. Neatness counts.

Step 3: Once you've bought all the material, measure out the 14 1/2" squares you will need to make the flag. Once you do this, the flags should be of official size, but how about giving it some weight?

Step 4: Find something that has some weight, sand, a ball, just something to give it some weight but not so much that it's a dangerous item if you drop it on your foot. Remember: You want it to hit the ground somewhat fast. Whatever you choose to use, put it in the center of every newly cut flag.

Step 5: The last step will require a little bit of precision. You will want to sew the material back together. Using a sewing machine is your best bet here, because the stitches will be secure enough that nothing will leak out or break free of the flag. Don't forget, you want to leave enough room with the stitches that they're not strained so badly they'll all break apart on you!

Congratulations! You've made yourself some brand new referee flags and it will be sure to attract the attention of whoever you pull it out on the next time they step over the line.


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