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May 31st, 2023

Printed Flag or Sewn Flag? 

There are two different applications when it comes to making a flag. There are printed flags, which are most commonly made. And there are sewn or applique flags. When deciding you want a flag made, there is the debate of which application would be best for you. Is a printed flag or a sewn flag a better fit? 

Printed Flag

The more common way a flag is made is printed. Our flags are digitally printed. Every flag starts with a white piece of 200 denier nylon, and the colors are added to create the custom flag. 

A single side reverse printed custom flag is a single layer of fabric printed to read correctly on the front, bleeding through reading in reverse on the back. A double sided flag is two flags sewn back to back with a block out liner in between the two flags. The double sided flag reads correctly on both sides. 

The benefit of a custom printed flag is the price and production time. When flying a flag on a flagpole, the flag will get worn out faster than if the flag stays inside 24/7. The price of a printed flag can range between $100 – $500 depending on the size and finish. Production time is about 2-3 weeks, however if you need it sooner, let us know and we can see if we can meet your deadline. 

Sewn Flag

Another option to have your flag made is the applique technique. This involves cutting each piece of the flag individually, and sewing it together. Flags with complex details typically can’t be sewn. For example, if there is a police badge going on an applique flag, it is best if the badge is first printed, then sewn onto the flag. Then the other text or logos on the flag can be sewn on the flag making a beautiful hybrid flag. 

Because every flag is different, the price of the flag depends on the design. We see the average price for a single side reverse being around $700. However, it can be more or less depending on the size, and design complexity. 

Sewn flags are great for indoor presentation flags. When you see the flag close up, and can see the details that have gone into making the flag. If the flag is being flown outside on a flagpole, the sewn details can get lost. In this situation, we would recommend a printed flag over a sewn flag. 

If you are still unsure on which flag to get, reach out to our customs department and we can talk through it more, or get you a quote for both options.

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