How to Make a Small Garden Flag DIY
Small Garden Flag
Whether it is prime garden blooming time or winter, a decorative flag always adds a bit of cheer to one's yard.
Choose an Idea
One of the biggest reasons that I sew and create crafts is to get exactly what I want. I am not always a mainstream kinda babe, so making things allows me to have the colors, patterns and shapes that appeal to me. Ideas can come from anywhere.
Here are sources of ideas if you need a little jump start on what your flag will include:
Also, since I am quite the re-user and recycler, I may base my flag idea on the what I can create with fabric colors and patterns that I already have at home.
Choose a Flag Size
Small flags can be from 11 to 13 inches (27.5 to 32.5 cm) wide and from 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45 cm) long. Decide what size you would like.
Your background fabric will need an extra 2 inches (5 cm) at the top for the rod pocket. Additionally you will be turning about 1/4 inch (1 cm) under on the remaining three sides as a hem.
Pins (straight pins used in sewing, not safety pins)
Iron and ironing board
Ruler or tape measure
1 piece of fabric large enough for the background and rod pocket
Other fabric pieces
2 feet (99 cm) of ribbon
Hemming All Sides
Steps for Making the Garden Flag
- Sketch your idea.
- Re-sketch it on paper the size of your intended flag. Remember to avoid putting the picture on the top 4 inches (10 cm). Make any changes to your design that you need.
- Cut out your background fabric to the size you chose plus hems and rod pocket as described above.
- Turn under 1/4 inch (1 cm) on all sides and stitch the hem. Yes - you do this on the top also to create a finished hem for the rod pocket.
- Turn under 2 inches 95 cm) on the top. Iron it and then stitch along the bottom to make a roomy rod pocket.
- On the other fabric pieces lightly trace shapes you want in pencil and cut out.
- If you will be using fabric paint for some of the garden flag graphics, lightly draw them in pencil on the background fabric.
- Cut out your other fabric pieces and iron them.
- Pin the pieces on you background fabric and sew them on with a straight stitch. Then go around the outsides with a tight zigzag stitch.
- Sew on any ribbon which is part of the picture.
- Lastly, apply any fabric paint which is part of the design.
Be Careful - Oooops Moments
I can't believe it - as I was coloring my cardinal, the fabric paint splattered. I will fix it later by light sanding or by painting over it with white. Also, the placement of my striped orange cat on the bush caused his tail to extend off the background. I think that I will fix this by putting stiff facing or buckram behind it and allowing it to stick out.
You may have similar uh-oh situations. I am sure that you will be able to come up with solutions.
Seize the Day By Customizing It
Make a garden flag that says "This is ME!"
Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.