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Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

| November 30, 2011 | 6 Comments
Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

Being involved in the color guard world, we all know what it is like to be on a budget. Some of you are probably thinking, “What budget? I wish I had money to budget!” This year I needed to allocate more money for flag fabric since we purchased 2 shaded-silk swing flags for each member […]

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DIY: Drawstring Bags

| November 18, 2011 | 1 Comment
DIY: Drawstring Bags

Materials needed: 20” x 50” fabric 2 x 80” pieces of cording Puffy paints, buttons, ribbon, bows, etc for decorating Cut 20” x 50” piece of fabric (you can alter the size to meet your needs). Fold in ½, right sides together. From top edge, mark 2” down. (Fig. 1) Using ½” seams, sew below […]

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Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

| October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments
Use Spotify to take the Stress out of the Song Selection Process

How much time and money have you wasted digging through piles of CDs, hunting down copyright-questionable tracks on the Internet or buying individual tracks only to have them end up in the discard pile? In fact, you’ve probably resigned yourself to this reality when hunting down the ideal soundtrack for your guards. Well, waste no […]

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DIY: Color Changing Belts!

| October 26, 2011 | 1 Comment
DIY: Color Changing Belts!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks now, but we all know how time flies during the marching season! This year’s DIY project was a color changing belt. Our theme is “True Colors,” so we wanted the guard uniform change in some way to reflect the color song that was being played. […]

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How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

| October 6, 2011 | 2 Comments
How Big Should My Flag Silks Be?

One question that comes up almost immediately in the flag design process is determining how big the silk should be, and therefore how much fabric you need for each flag.  This is especially a concern for non-traditional sized poles, or if there are very large variances in the size of the members, to the point […]

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Autograph Pillows

| March 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Autograph Pillows

Check out this article submitted by the Director of the “State of Illusion” winterguard from Michigan.  She shares how-to instructions for adorable “autograph pillows” she makes as gifts for her performers.     At various times I’ve used this craft as both a team building activity early in the season and a year-end activity for […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #7: “Guardie” Washer Necklaces!

| November 5, 2010 | 1 Comment
FUN for FRIDAY! #7: “Guardie” Washer Necklaces!

Here’s a fun craft that probably only a guardie will understand! We all know how valuable those metal washers are.  You know the ones we use to hold the bolts in the end of the flag pole when weighting our poles? Now you can turn them into a wonderful, wearable piece of art! MATERIALS: All […]

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Creating a Season Handbook

| October 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

Each year I provide my students and parents with a team handbook that is an all-in-one, everything-you’d-ever-want-to-know resource for our team.  I thought it might be helpful to share what I include in my team handbook for those who are putting together their first handbooks this season, or for those looking to revamp an outdated […]

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FUN for FRIDAY! #6: Team Teddy Bears

| October 22, 2010 | 2 Comments
FUN for FRIDAY! #6: Team Teddy Bears

  Back when I was a performer, we had a guard mom who was also a seamstress. And while altering uniforms, applying sequins and spangles (yes, it was that long ago) and mending flags, she had a great idea – create miniature versions of our show uniforms, put them on adorable teddy bears and sell […]

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Semi-DIY Numbered Flags

| October 19, 2010 | 0 Comments
Semi-DIY Numbered Flags

reposted on CGE with permission of the author, originally posted September 28, 2010 on her blog, “One More Time, I Promise! … Now, Do it Again.” A few weeks ago I brought you pocket watch props.  This week I present customized flags. As I previously stated, our theme this year is “It’s About Time”. We […]

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