Pigtown Design: Flying the Flag

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I might be slightly biased, but I think that Maryland has the best flag of all of the 50 states. It is the only one of the state flags to be based on English heraldry. The design comes from the Calvert and Crossland families who settled Maryland in the early 1600s. It is only one of four state flags not to include the color blue. The black and gold represent the Calvert family and the red and white, the Crosslands.

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We love our flag and use it everywhere including the UnderArmour-designed lacrosse and football uniforms for the University of Maryland’s teams. However, I think that many of the pieces are completely hideous.imageBut there are some not-so-hideous renditions of the flag, although its use in clothing is still dubious, fashion-wise.

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It’s not unusual to see cars sporting Maryland flag stickers in the shape of crabs,image

labs,image

horses,image

and everything between.
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A month or so ago, I needed to whip up some decorations for a friend whose step-brother was graduating from school in Maryland. I played around with making some paper banners which worked out really well. I printed them out on 11×17 paper, cut them out, folded them in half, ran a jute string between them and applied a dab of glue to keep them from sliding.image

I decided to play around with the flag on fabric and designed some pennants at Spoonflower. I started out with the second iteration of the paper design and had it printed. But once I had the sample, I made a few changes.image

I changed the size of the flags to 11×14 inches and got rid of the white space. I designed the fabric with very light cut lines, so people can make their own flags. And then I made the fabric available for sale, here. Each yard makes about 16 flags. You can play with the layout of the flags, too.image

They make a great host/hostess gift if you’re visiting friends for dinner at home or at their farm.image

I’ve been making cheerful pennants for years, and often have them on my Etsy site, including some I just made with a great Lilly Pulitzer print.imageAnd of course, the dozens of pennants I made for the Cirque Balle event about two months ago which have already been borrowed by friends! Since I have access to great fabrics from some of the top houses, including Schumacher, Victoria Hagen, Colefax & Fowler, Designers Guild and others, the pennants I make are pretty extravagant!image

Although we don’t use pennants as much as in the UK, I’ve been noticing them in stores more and more and even saw some burlap pennants at World Market.image

So cheap and cheezy… and Chinese-made.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.


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