Stitched, appliqued or printed flags, what are the options available? – Red Dragon Flagmakers Ltd

Stitched or printed

So you're looking for a flag! Well, firstly welcome to Red Dragon Flagmakers ... we're here to help and we try and make the process of making a flag for you as interesting and un-nerdy as possible. We give no nonsense advise and non obligation quotes we will do what we can to answer all your questions and help you realise your flag.

Whats the difference in quality between printed and sewn flags?

Here we show our printed flag and sewn flag side by side. Both are made by us in our Swansea workshop and both are really great quality - the decision to buy either version is really down to where you're planning on flying your flag, what you want the message to be and how long you're planning to fly the flag.  

Welsh Dragon printed flag sewn flag

Looking for traditional sewn, stitched and appliqued custom flags?

To give you a no obligation quote for your SEWN flags we will need to see a design or have a description to work to be able to give you a no obligation quote. 

Just wanted to say thank you for rushing my flag through - you're an absolute star! Very happy with it and how quick you manage to get it to me. Please say thanks to your team from me. Many thanks, Gary

If you have artwork and its very low in resolution we may need to redraw it (there's a one off charge of £30 plus vat payable, and you get to keep the digi file for future use so its a great investment) but if you have artwork with a high resolution in a PDF or JPEG format, we will probably be able to use that and any amendments will be free of charge up to three drafts - please check in the ARTWORK GUIDELINES found in the website footer below.

In 2016 the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy and Cardiff Oratory presented to Monsignor John Armitage, via the Order of St Lazarus Commandery of Wales, a new flag for the Basilica of the Our Lady of Walsingham displaying the Arms of the ancient Priory of Walsingham. This has been flown daily in the grounds of the Basilica. A larger version of the same flag has been donated by the Cardiff Oratory and the Chaplaincy for use during the summer pilgrimage season at Walsingham. Brothers Ambrose and Illtyd are seen in the second image displaying the new flag that will be sent tomorrow to Walsingham.

Technology is very clever these days and whilst we embrace new developments, we remain true to your roots and traditionally sew the majority of flags, depending on customer requirements and budget.  For sewn flags we use MOD spec woven polyester which has a matt linen open weave appearance very similar to the wool mix fabrics used previously.

Cosmic Colliery Hefin Jones Red Dragon Flagmakers
(credit Hefin Rhys Jones.  Flag displayed at the Design Museum)


See the section in the footer of this website on 'FABRICS WE USE' for more information on this subject.  

We would just like to say how pleased we are with our bespoke flag, made from a lot stronger material than we thought it would be. Excellent, thank you very much. Derrick    

Our portfolio page (click HERE to go straight to that page) is full of examples of the traditional sewn (and other) flags we've made over time, but below is just one example which clearly shows the stitching and finish on our highest quality traditional sewn flags.

Woolf coat of arms

This coat of arms is actually double sided with an interlining and custom two colour fringe around three sides with a canvas sleeve wide enough for the wooden ceremonial pole. 

Sewn flags can be used as ceremonial flags and to fly outdoors.  Sewn flags just as well as printed flags outdoors, although there has to be wind for any flag to fly and as the make up of the sewn detailed flags sometimes makes the flag heavier in the first instance, more wind than less is better for full flight.

stitched flags

See our top header menu for all the options you could consider in ordering your flag, or in the footer menu for advice on flag sizes, the fabrics we use, finish available and the glossary of terms. 


We've developed a technique of printing detail to either knit polyester or taffeta and then appliqueing two of those 'badges' to both sides of a fully sewn base flag.  This can be considerably less expensive (and time consuming) than a fully sewn flag if for instance there is a need for a coat of arms which can be quite intricate and fiddling to recreate.

Here we show examples of flags we've made in this format. You'll see that its not easy to tell at a distance whether the flag is fully or partially sewn.

Endeavour series V flagDouglas Isle of Man flag

Quality printed flags

We recommend that you be cautious when purchasing off the shelf flags from an online retailer. Many flag retailers import their printed flags to sell on to the customer at a premium and invariably the fabric those flags are made of is the economy (cheap) sheet nylon.  

V12 custom bunting

Our printed flags are made using fire retardant strong and durable knit polyester which is then sublimation printed and heat press steamed to ensure a 98% show through to reverse, strong vibrant and long lasting colours and the next best thing to a fully sewn traditional stitched flag. Everything we make and sell is 100% made in the UK.

See our PRINT PRICE LIST found under PRICE LISTS in the header of this website. 

Economy (cheap) flags

We don't make or supply economy or cheap flags.   

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