My Navy Flag (Guidon)

In 2010 my son-in-law achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. His group of Selectees was required to have a flag and my daughter asked me to help her make one on behalf of the selectees. This flag, actually called a GUIDON (a heraldic flag or military standard), had requirements: a certain size and specific wording. As I understand it, flags usually were made of felt or craft paper. Those who know me, know I just HAD to take it up a few notches!!! The following describes that journey!

The original discussion was on a  Sunday morning and the carrier was sailing on Tuesday afternoon. My daughter drew a rough drawing of both sides of the flag, indicating what HAD to be on it and what additions they (the selectees) wanted. I then digitized all the embroidery – over 144,000 stitches!

drawing side 2

drawing, side 2

As my current (ie: older) embroidery machine was not reliable nor large enough, we went to the local Bernina dealer – nothing but a Bernina for me! I bought a BRAND NEW Bernina 830 (got a really good trade-in price!) and the Jumbo hoop. We decided on “duck” cloth – a heavy weight broadcloth, white and dark blue, and I started stitching!



The large blue circle is ALL stitching – if I ever make another one it will be applique! The figures in the middle represent Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chief.

design closeup

design closeup

All members of the Selectees group were listed along with their motto: Unity, Service, Navigation. The four gold stars on the white side were the hardest to digitize. I was very pleased with the final results.

navy flag_side 1

navy flag, side 1

My daughter purchased the pole and standard and I found a gold trim resembling rope for the other three edges.

flag on pole

flag on pole


I worked MANY, MANY hours between Sunday morning and Tuesday. We had to get the flag to him at the ship by noon – 2 hours away from my location!  Every minute was worth it, though. I am very proud of this flag because it represents a lot of hard work on the part of the Selectees, particularly my son-in-law! He is now just a few years from 20 years of service and I am SUPER proud of him!

Let’s not forget these young men and women who CHOSE to serve our country. They deserve our constant prayers and support.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Philippians 4:6





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About Old2New Heirlooms

An avid sewer ever since childhood, I have sewn countless garments, pillowcases, quilts, and more for family and friends. My passion is Heirloom sewing (also known as French sewing) but all projects are fun!

7 responses to “My Navy Flag (Guidon)”

  1. Michelle says :

    Looks good! Great write up! 🙂


  2. Paul Haverfield says :

    Good evening. This looks great. I am also a Chief in the Navy and I was wondering where did you get the design for that. I would love to put it on a towel or something. Thanks Paul


  3. William Forbes says :

    I would be interested in getting one of these made for my selectee class this year if you have the time and your services are for sale?


    • Old2New Heirlooms says :

      I would be honored to make one for your class. All I ask is to be reimbursed for the supplies, approx $125, not including the staff or shipping. Where are you located? How much lead time would I have?


  4. Rochelle Smith says :

    Any chance you might be willing to give it another go!!!!??? I was just selected to CPO and I’m home on bedrest getting ready to deliver a baby any day. There isn’t much I can do to be involved at the moment, except try to design and have a guidon made. If you have free time and wouldn’t mind…I would love to order one from you.


    • Old2New Heirlooms says :

      First of all ~ congrats on the new family member plus being selected as CPO! It would be an honor to make the flag for you and your group. So, I have several questions: what timeline are we looking at? The flag takes several days of work. I will need a list of names and divisions. Are you located here in the Northwest or elsewhere in the country ~ shipping times will have to be considered. All I ask is to be reimbursed for the actual costs, approx $100, not including the staff or shipping. My email is, Carolyn


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