Last year, we shared this tutorial over at The V Spot Blog after Viv’s son was involved in a car accident. When a blogger friend is in need you shower them with lots of guest post. I was a day away from sharing this on Sew Woodsy and immediately shared it with her to fill her blog calendar! It’s a new year, and well we want to share this with our readers this year in case you missed it over their last year.
In case you haven’t realized I’ve gotten in to making my own garden flags for the past year now. Last fall, we shared my “Happy Fall Y’all” garden flag, and today we are sharing this beautiful (and easy to make burlap and felt heart garden flag! Let’s get this straight, they are easy to make and you can make them however you want! What’s better than that? I used burlap and felt and my sewing machine and in less than 30 minutes we had a new Valentine’s inspired garden flag!
- Dark & Light Pink Felt
- Sharpie Marker
- Dark & Light Pink Thread
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine
I used an existing garden flag to pull the measurements off of it. I cut one piece of burlap to be 18 inches long by 10.5 inches wide. I ironed the burlap to get all the wrinkles out.
Then using my ruler I measured 2-inches and folded the burlap over. I pressed this with my iron to create a perfect crease.
Next up, gather your felt and scissors.
Fold one piece of felt in half.
Using a sharpie marker (or any permanent marker) draw half of a heart on to your felt.
Carefully cut out your felt heart.
Not gonna lie… I’m impressed myself with this perfect heart shape! Then draw a smaller heart on a coordinating piece of felt.
Two pretty darn perfect hearts if you ask me.
Next, you will want to sew around the perimeter of your burlap. I chose to sew using a dark pink thread and a zig-zag stitch.
Now–I would love to point out the big fail I had here. I sewed around the entire perimeter and sewed the two ends shut where they should have been left open so I could hang the flag on the pole. I like to keep it real and show off my mistakes. lol.
Ok, take 2! This time I realized I needed to just sew around the perimeter of the burlap (using a zig-zag stitch) and not bend the burlap over until I was ready to sew one straight line to secure it in place.
Then fold over the 2-inch piece of burlap and sew across creating a “pocket” so that your garden flag can hang on the post!
See… much better! I didn’t sew it shut this time around!
Pin your felt heart on to your burlap garden flag (where ever you want it on the flag. I decided to keep it centered.
Using a zig-zag stitch carefully sew around the heart. I also used a light pink thread so that you could see the contrast of the stitching (I like the contrast). You’ll notice I started at the tip of the heart. I find this to be the easiest way to start sewing around a heart shape.
The first larger heart is sewed on the banner!
Pin your smaller (light pink) heart on to the garden flag. I decided to some-what overlap them.
And once again carefully sew around the light pink heart. I also used a contrasting color and chose a dark pink for the light pink felt heart. In my opinion the smaller the shape the more challenging it is to move around and sew it!
Both hearts on sewed on. This is what it looks like on the back of the garden flag. It actually doesn’t look too bad from the back and you can tell that I actually sewed on hearts!
Finished Burlap & Felt Heart Garden Flag ready to be hung up in front of my home!
Lastly, hang up your new garden flag with pride. I have to boast and say that I made this while Mr. Woodsy was away from the home. When he came home he asked where I bought the new garden flag. I proudly said, “I made it”! He was very impressed. So get ready to impress people you love!
…and another view from the back!