How To: 2 Pole Banners
Have you looked around at all the cool tifo around MLS and said “Wow I want to have those in The Fort?” Well here is your chance to get in on the crazy action. Just follow these easy-to-follow directions and you’ll be “Rocking The Fort” in no time. If you need any help gathering materials, tracing, painting or sewing feel free to send us an e-mail.
1. Design an image or use a graphic you find that is appealing. We like to stick to the method of Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple designs and minimal wording will be more pleasing to the eye, in this case less is more!
2. Use a digital projector, if you do not have one try your local library. You can also use a transparency projector (once again consult your local library). You will need to purchase a pack of transparency film sheets for inkjet printers. These are sold at places like Office Depot, Staples, Dunder-Mifflin, etc. If you have exhausted your search, we can help you out here. Just ask!
3. Go to a fabric store (we use Jo-Ann fabrics because its close by and you can score their coupons online with great ease.) Purchase the appropriate amount of fabric (usually a few yards), 66%poly/33%cotton is a good way to go. It is usually $2.50 or so a yard. Ripstop nylon is another option for a longer lasting 2 pole banner. Ripstop is much lighter, waterproof, but obviously more expensive. It can also be harder to paint on with respect to “bleeding” of material. While you are at the craft/fabric store you will need to purchase a few other item such as paint, brushes and markers. The paint can be a simple fabric paint, usually a few small bottles of the “Tulip” brand are a good way to go. Some color corresponding fabric markers for tracing out your masterpiece will be needed. Don’t be afraid to have extra, it’s more incentive to make more!
4. Find a space that has a few feet of clear wall space that you can hang up your fabric on. Use tape or tacks to keep it up and taught. Again, if you need help with any of this we can help you. If you any questions or need help with a projector, Just ask!
5. Trace your image onto the fabric using the fabric markers (Sharpies will work too).
6. After you are done tracing take it, Take it down and paint (that’s the easy, fun and longest part).
7. Next step is to sew your banner. Fold down the top of the fabric about 1 inch and sew it. Do same on the sides (depending on the PVC poles you chose, we encourage you to get 3/4″ piping)
8. Slide your poles in and admire your work. Please remember 2 pole flags must be brought in the stadium a day before the game. So let us know when its completed and we’ll help you get it in for you to show off to all your friends!
9. You are done: drink beer or if you aren’t 21 drink rootbeer!