Sports Equipment Labels
Flag Labels

Sometimes there is no smooth, flat surface to stick a label to but there is something you can put a label around. The label can be folded and stuck to itself, it will stick out like a little flag. Use them on bridle lines of kites and on the webbing of a harness. Flag labels wear more quickly than a regular flat label which can stay pristine for years. Eventually after a few years it may look creased and a bit tatty but it wont let go until you cut it off.

Flag labels are different to regular labels. If you want some please use the Special Instructions box at checkout. Say how many and what the flag labels are for (kite, harness, etc.) because that affects how much space is needed for the fold. flag label for kite bridle

Scroll down for a step by step guide of the best way to attach a flag label. It can be tricky to get it to line up neatly so do it in advance and take your time. Don't leave it to do on the beach just before a session when the wind is blowing and everyone else is pumping up!


The content of flag labels is in two halves. Sometimes this is repeated so when folded both sides are the same. flag label

Flag labels are designed to fold in half. There will be no text or images at the fold. how to attach a flag label, step 1

Line up the ends and make a crease exactly at the center. how to attach a flag label, step 2

The crease will help us line up later. how to attach a flag label, step 3

The backing paper has a cut down the length to make it easier to peel off. Gently fold the label to detach the backing paper. how to attach a flag label, step 4

Pull it so that the backing paper is detached at the middle of the label. how to attach a flag label, step 5

Snip out the center section of the backing paper. how to attach a flag label, step 6

Do the same for the other half. how to attach a flag label, step 7

The amount you remove should be enough to go round whatever you are attaching the label to plus a couple of centimeters more. In this case a bridle line so 3cm is enough. how to attach a flag label, step 8

Now place the label next to the bridle or whatever you are attaching to. The crease you made earlier should be faintly visible to roughly line it up. how to attach a flag label, step 9

Now line up precicely by matching the two ends of the label. The important bit: don't stick the label until you have lined up the two ends exactly over each other. They should line up side-to-side and lengthways. how to attach a flag label, step 10

Hold the ends in place and stick the two sides together, working towards the fold. how to attach a flag label, step 11

Move towards the fold. The center part of the label will stick to itself. how to attach a flag label, step 12

Stick it down all the way. how to attach a flag label, step 13

Only the part where we cut out the backing paper will have stuck, now we must remove the rest. how to attach a flag label, step 14

Remove the rest of the backing paper. how to attach a flag label, step 15

Working from the center stick the two sides together. Avoid making any ripples. Take your time, this bit can be tricky. It's ok to touch the sticky side with your fingers but try not to do it excessively and have clean hands. how to attach a flag label, step 16

Job done. If it doesn't line up exactly then don't worry, the label will still hold. Scissors can be used to trim the label. Make sure they are sharp to do a good job. how to attach a flag label, step 17

You can choose any bridle but stay away from pulleys. A position closer to the kite will be better because it is less likely to be affected by any crossed lines during kite crashes. how to attach a flag label, step 18

Many kites have a stiff plastic patch for manufacturer information, etc. If this is smooth then you could stick a normal label on it though we can't guarantee how long the label will stay on because the plastic is usually quite flexible. We definitely do not recomment sticking a label directly onto the kite fabric, that is not smooth enough and too flexible.

Hey look! Cabrinha and many others already use flag labels for showing part-numbers.