DIY No-Sew Garden Flag

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A simple and easy DIY Garden Flag is a stylish addition to the front entry of any home. The personal touch is a warm and inviting custom accent!

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Original post date: February 10, 2014

Good morning! They are predicting snow this week in northern Alabama, which will actually be a first for us this season. {Even though it’s been the coldest on record in more than 50 years!} But while the forecasters are calling for white stuff, I’m dreaming of warmer weather. {How ’bout you??} And I spent some time last week planning for brighter and sunnier days!

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

This simple DIY project is so easy, and if you’re anything like me, you probably have most of these supplies already on hand!

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Supplies to Make a DIY Garden Flag

**If you don’t have a Silhouette cutting machine, you can use a craft knife or small, sharp scissors and card stock paper to make the stencils!

DIY Garden Flag Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1. Gather Supplies and Pick up a Garden Flag Stand

First, I picked up a garden flag stand. You can usually find these locally at a hardware store if you need it today!

Step 2. Cut and Iron Your Background Fabric

Then I ironed and cut my burlap to the size I needed. I looked online and found that most garden flags are 12.5″ x 18″ and that size fit my stand. So, I measured out a piece of burlap at 12.5″ x 40″. I wanted to just fold it over and leave about 4 inches at the top to fold over to be able to insert the flag into the stand.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Step 3. Make the Flag Background and Create a Pocket for the Garden Stand

I used my glue gun to seal the two side edges of the burlap. I was lazy and didn’t want to get out my sewing machine. πŸ™‚ And then I folded the top extra 4 inches down and glued the top of it to the top of the back piece, creating a 2-inch pocket. Hopefully that makes sense, because I didn’t get a picture of that step. But you’ll want about an opening at the top for your flag to slide onto your flag stand.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Step 4. Design the Monogram & Frame in the Silhouette

Note: If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can skip this step. But if you want to use the same fonts that I used, pay attention to those in this step!

I then designed my monogram in my Silhouette machine. I used a frame from KG Flavor and Frames Five font to make my frame. And I used Engravers font for the letter monogram and Big Caslon font for the “est. 2009.”

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Step 5. Cut the Frame out of the Fabric

Note: If you don’t have a Silhouette cutting machine, it would be easy to simply make a template and cut it by hand!

First, I needed to cut out the frame from fabric. In order to do that, I had to move the monogram and “est. 2009” off of the mat. I had already gotten everything in just the right position, so I didn’t want to just move it around willy nilly. So, I scooted it over using the right arrow just enough to get it off the mat.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

At this point, I was ready to cut my fabric. I’d never cut fabric before with my Silhouette, but it was simple and easy!

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

I used my new fabric blade. It’s the same blade as the other Silhouette cutting blade, only it’s housed in a blue casing to keep it separated. You want to only use it on fabric, just like you have fabric-only scissors to keep them sharp.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

I bought my fabric at Hobby Lobby. It’s a duck cloth fabric, which is heavier, like canvas. So, when I went to set my settings to cut it, I chose a blade setting of 4, which was between the Fabric {thick like canvas} setting and Fabric {thin like cotton prints}.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

But in hindsight, I should have just picked the “thick like canvas” setting, because it didn’t cut through the fabric completely all around. I had to use my scissors to cut through some of it.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

{Now, if you don’t have a Silhouette, then this would be an easy shape to print off onto a piece of paper and just cut out a stencil from cardstock.}

Step 6. Create a Stencil for the Monogram

Note: If you don’t have a Silhouette machine, print out a letter and “est. _____” on an 8 x 11 piece of card stock paper. Then cut it out with sharp scissors or use a craft knife.

So, then I needed to cut out my monogram stencil. I decided to use contact paper since I’ve used it before with fabric and it worked well for me, and I had some on hand. No need to go out and buy something new! I used my normal contact paper cutting settings, but the blade setting of 2 wasn’t working for me. I had to bump it up to 4 in order to get a clean cut.

Normal contact paper settings:

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Next, I cut the outline of the frame in order to know where to center the monogram. This made placing it on the fabric very easy!

Step 7. Stencil the Monogram onto the Fabric

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Then I just painted inside the stencil onto the fabric with a spouncer brush and brown craft paint. Always make sure to only use your spouncer brush in an up and down motion when stenciling. This will give you that pretty crisp line on fabric.

Once the paint is dried, lift off the contact paper stencil and admire your pretty monogram. πŸ™‚

Step 8. Glue the Monogram to the Burlap with Outdoor Mod Podge

I used outdoor Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the burlap.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

Step 9. Spray all Over with Outdoor Sealer

Once the weather gets a bit warmer, I’m going to spray the whole thing with Aleene’s Acrylic Spray Sealer in matte finish just to protect it from the elements. I took it outside to the front flower bed to take pictures, but I’m going to wait to keep it out there permanently until I’ve got the sealer on there and it’s a bit warmer. I’d hate to see my cute new garden flag torn up.

No-Sew Burlap Monogrammed Garden Flag {full tutorial}

This is my first garden flag and I love it!

Do you love garden flags? How do you think this turned out?

DIY No-Sew Garden Flag

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36 Comments

  1. Love the look of this flag! I’ve got an empty garden stand that would love to have one of these a-hangin’ on it! (The flag blew away some time last spring, and sat – empty – through the rest of the summer, haha.) Pinning so I remember this when the weather gets warmer here in snowy PA!

  2. I haven’t used the fabric blade yet. I’ll need to order one and give it a try. I wonder – do you use a different mat to hold the fabric?

    1. Nope, I use the same mat as I use for everything else. Although I have an older mat that I use mostly for paper and a newer mat I use for everything else.

  3. Hi Laura, I’m loving how well your garden flag turned out. It looks terrific and made me want a Silhouette! I found you on The Scoop!

    Thanks for sharing both ways,
    Helen

  4. Now THIS is adorable! When I saw “No Sew” it’s screams at me like, “Hey Jessica, you can do this!” Haha! Thanks so much for sharing, it’s adorable! I actually saw your link on “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” link up, and I’m so glad that I did! So cute!

    1. Yes! They were Engravers font for the letter monogram and Big Caslon font for the “est. 2009.” Thanks Linda!!

  5. WOW!! This is awesome!…not to mention, you totally read my mind! I have been wanting to make a mini flag just like this (well, with the burlap and chevron incorporated somehow) and here is a GREAT tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing on the Inspiration Exchange Linky Party! Also, thanks for your fab Silhouette tutorials…I made my very first project with your Monogram tutorial {and linked back to your blog in my post, as well. Have a great evening:)

  6. Super cute! I’ve got the fabric blade was too scared to try it out. πŸ™‚ You’ve inspired me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  7. Love your project!! I have a silhouette and this is a great idea! I would love one just like it for my home, I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Laura, l
    ove how we both used burlap in the projects we posted on Share It Sunday! Though of course I got out my sewing machine since that’s my “happy place”. Well, that and by my Silhouette machine!

    And did you know you didn’t have to move your monogram? You could have gone to the “Cut Style” window (the picture of the little scissors cutting the red line), picked your monogram and date and then clicked “no cut”. I didn’t figure out this option for like forever, but it’s a nice one to have in your back pocket. Then after you’ve cut your fabric, go back and change the “no cut” to “cut”.

  9. This is so cute Laura! I definitely want to add my own monogrammed flag to my garden this summer!

  10. I love this! It’s amazing! I want to try the outdoor mod podge, and this looks like the perfect project for that . Maybe I’ll make one for spring!

  11. Hi Laura,

    I love the choice of the chevron fabric with the burlap. I have a bunch of burlap coffee bags stashed away, I think I’m going to use your tutorial to make a garden flag! Thanks for including such detailed instructions, I think it will be easy to follow them.

    I’m so glad that the FB Silhouette Challenge group did fabric this month. I’m new to the Silhouette world and haven’t been brave enough to try cutting fabric yet, but you have definitely inspired me to give it a try! I’m going to pin this to my Silhouette board.

    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

    1. Welcome! So glad you stopped by and that you’re in the Silhouette group. It’s great!! I think those coffee bags sound like they’d make awesome garden flag. Be sure to post a pic when you make them. πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  12. This looks terrific. I like the chevron/burlap combo too! Garden flags stands don’t seem to have reached us here in Australia yet, they’re very neat!

  13. Hi. I am from the FB group and my project is #29. The burlap is perfect for the garden and I love the chevron too! I just used chevron paper on some scrapbook layouts I did today. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Chevron & Burlap are a few of my favorite things!! What a nice way to warm up the front of the house!

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