Ah, Spring! The birds are singing, flowers start to bloom and the whole world celebrates the return of warmth and sunshine. This adorable Garden Flag will add a festive, unique touch to your budding entryway and it’s perfect for those of us who must sew and make!
Kelly of the Peek-a-Boo Pages blog created this darling, kite-adorned flag with easy ways to customize it for your garden or a friend’s. It’s a fun, enjoyable project that will add a little welcoming handmade style to your front door path, deck or veggie patch.
You’ll need just a 20” length of something sturdy (canvas, duck, etc.) for the main fabric along with a few other supplies, so your Garden Flag will be budget-friendly. First step – hem the edges of your main fabric. Once your hems are done, you’ll fold done 2” at the top to create a pocket for your rod or hanger to go through. I seriously recommend the durability and weather-resistant properties of Coats Outdoor Living Thread whenever you’re sewing for the outdoors. We want this flag to last, right? Click here to learn more about it.
Kelly has a nice easy way for you to create a pattern for your Garden Flag kite on Heat n Bond or another fusible web. I’m always so impressed with simple ways to draw shapes and keep a little how-to file for myself for future reference. Beyond that the most “drawing” I do is confined to signing my name! It’s nice to have help from our internet friends, isn’t it?
There are several options for the monogram on your kite and Kelly offers a link to a freezer paper tutorial. You can use the same fabric/fusible technique described for the kite or Heat Transfer Vinyl. I love the look of the shiny monogram against the matte finish fabric of the kite. If you own or can borrow a Silhouette or similar fabric cutting system, a monogram could be made that way, too.
If a monogram doesn’t appeal to you, this is the time to customize your Garden Flag. It’s yours after all! Think about using a flower, animal shape, butterfly or anything that says “Spring” to you. This will be really fun if you’re making several for friend and family gifts. Each one can be different!
Be sure to read through the whole tutorial before you begin and follow the kite/monogram/tail assembly instructions carefully. You’ll place your kite on the flag, add your monogram and tuck and pin your kite tail under the point before pressing it all permanently in place. Kelly’s instructions are excellent, just stick with her!
Decorating the kite tail will be your last step. Colorful bits of ribbon are tied onto the tail, then the tail is stitched to the flag. Take the time to play with this a bit to get the tail just the way you like it. And, there it is, a Garden Flag has been born and it’s just your style. Click here for Kelly’s tutorial and enjoy your Welcome Spring make!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.