While playing tag with my kids, I thought it would be fun to include something like a flag football belt to add a new element our game.
My kids have fun running with the belts on, playing flag football, or engaging in a game of flag tag.
Try not to let anyone pull your flags by using quickness and agility.
Once all of your flags are off, put ’em back on and play again.
There are 3 parts to this flag football belt: 1. the belt 2. the belt loops/flag attachments and 3. the flags.
1. The Belt
Start with a long rectangle that is 2″ by the size of your child’s waist + 10″. (For my son: 2″x 31″. For my daughter: 2″x 26″.) I used a piece of elastic hair tie cut to 3″ long. If you have 2 D-rings I’d suggest using them. It will hold the belt on the waist better without having to use velcro.
Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. I cut one end to a point to coordinate with the points on the other 2 parts of the flag football belt.
Sew the edges together leaving one end open. **The seam allowance for each piece in this tutorial is 1/4″.
Turn the fabric inside out and fold the raw end inside 1/2″. For an easy way to turn fabric see this Tip.
Insert the elastic and sew. I sewed 2 straight stitches. (A different technique will be used to attach D-rings if you choose to use them instead.) You can also topstitch the belt if you want/have time.
On this belt, I used the belt loop/flag attachment to hold the extra end of the belt down and a safety pin.
For this belt, I applied velcro to fit my son exactly and there is no issue with it slipping down. (Using the D-rings will allow it to adjust for various children easily if you are playing and want to share it with friends.)
2. The Belt Loops/Flag Attachments
Cut 6 rectangles 2 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. Cut each end to a point. (You can stack them and cut a few at once.)
Pin, sew, clip corners, turn inside out and topstitch.
Now sew the velcro 1″ from the point. I used a piece of velcro 1 1/4″ wide by 1/2″ tall. (I cut 1″ velcro in half to make it 1/2″ tall. At 1″, the velcro is more difficult to pull off/detach while playing.) I sewed these pieces of velcro on with a zigzag stitch.
Fold down and sew across to create the belt loop. I sewed 1 1/2″ down from the fold. (There needs to be enough space for the belt to pass through the loop that is created.)
The belt loop slips onto the belt, and this shows how the flag attaches.
3. The Flags
Cut 3 pieces of fabric at this measurement. I folded the fabric lengthwise and cut it at 2″x 15″ so when it is unfolded, it equals 4″x 15″. You can cut the bottom to a point, if you’d like.
Pin, sew, clip corners, and turn inside out. Fold the open end inside 1/2″ and sew end closed with straight stitch.
Velcro and Zig-Zag Stitch Instructions
The velcro pieces I used where 1/2″ tall, so I decided to just use a zig zag stitch across the velcro. If left like this, the stitches and velcro may loosen easily.
Using a needle, bring the thread ends to the velcro side.
All of the thread ends are now on this side. Two thread ends on each edge.
Tie the thread ends together on each side three times. This should be enough reinforcement to secure the stitches and velcro.
Cut the excess thread. The black thread blends in with the velcro nicely.
The velcro is secure and there is no more thread all over.
You can do the same technique for the belt loops/flag attachments.
Attach the flag to the belt and it’s….
Time to play!
Hope you have fun playing, or creating your own game, with these flag football belts!
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