After presenting this project in Embroidery and Sewing Club on Saturday, October 14th , I promised I would create a blog post for your reference as you create your own garden flags. This is an easy, inexpensive and FUN project to create!
You will need:
2 – Burlap Fat Quarters or 1/2 yard
1 1/2 yards of ribbon or trim of your choice
a machine embroidery design. I used a 5″x7″ cross-stitch design from Sudberry House.
1 hooping of tearaway stabilizer
1 piece of no show mesh fusible for the back of your burlap
1 piece of water soluble topping for the top of your burlap
1 lawn flag (I purchased mine at Orchard)
After a quick internet search, I determined the standard size of a garden flag is 12″x18″ . (reference: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Garden-Flag)
Step 1 – I embroidered my design centered on one piece of 18″ x 25″ burlap and then trimmed down the burlap to 12″ wide by 22″ long. The additional 4″ on the length gets turned to the back side and sewn down to create a pocket for your lawn flag holder to go through in Step 4
Step 2: Once your embroidery is complete, tear your design out of the hoop and cut away the excess cutaway stabilizer. Tear away the water soluble topper and dab the rest away with a wet towel .
Step 3: Trim down the second piece of burlap to the same size as the first that you just embroidered. Sew the second piece to the first piece so that the wrong side of the embroidery is now covered. Sew up and down each side of the length once with all purpose sewing thread in a neutral color. Sew the bottom shut. Do not worry about fraying because that rustic look is in right now. (Thanks Chip and Joanna!)
Step 4: Turn the top 4″ to the wrong side to create a pocket for the flag holder. Sew the pocket.
Step 5: Place Your house number. I glued house numbers on with E-6000. I purchased these numbers from Orchard. An attendee of the club suggested leaving the design in the hoop and stitching out your numbers or using your Scan N Cut to cut numbers out of HTV, how you choose to apply your numbers is totally up to you.
I got the lawn flag holder and house numbers from Orchard. This is Desi, she is friendly and helpful! Also, you get a free apple when you make a purchase at Orchard.
Step 6: Play around with where you would like to place your ribbon/trim and other adornments. Once it is in the desired spot, topstitch down.
Tips to embroider on Burlap successfully were found here: http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/ELProjects/Projects.aspx?productid=pr1544