Home State Pride Garden Flag from a Placemat
You know I’m a lover of saving money when it comes to decorating. That’s why I love to create garden flags made from placemats! They are the perfect size for a garden flag stand. You can decorate flags using a variety of paints, fabric and even fake flowers. Best of all, if you have the fabric, these Home State Pride Spring Garden Flags will only cost you a dollar because the placemat is from The Dollar Tree!
Previously, I made a Snowman, Valentine’s Day, Fall and Summer Flag, but I really wanted a Spring flag for our yard. That’s how I came up with the idea to create this Home State Pride Garden Flag.
Want to learn how to make one in less than an hour? Grab some fabric, some thread and let’s get sewing!
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- Dollar Tree fabric placemat
- State shape print out
- Patterned fabric
- Solid color fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Sharpie Stained Markers
- Thread (coordinating with the placemat and with the patterned fabric)
- Quilting pins
- Sewing scissors
- Double-sided Fusible Interfacing
- Painter’s Tape
Optional (if you don’t want to hand letter):
- Letter stencils
- Fabric paint
- Stencil brush
Search online for your state’s shape. Print it on a sheet of letter paper. Lay the state on a piece of double-sided fusible interface. (You can use pieces of tape if you need to secure the shape in place.
Cut out around the outline of the state shape.
Discard the state print out. Flip the fusible interfacing over so the state shape is backwards. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the solid fabric.
Cut around the edges of the interfacing. Remove the backing from the interfacing. Set the fabric state aside.
Measure and fold over 1 ½” from one short side of the placemat. Iron to hold in place.
Lay the placemat on top of the patterned fabric (leaving the folded edge folded.) Cut around the placemat shape.
Fold the edges of the patterned fabric under approximately 1/2″ on all sides. Iron the folds.
Center the patterned fabric on the placemat and secure with pins. Center the state cut out on the patterned fabric.
Iron the state shape to the patterned fabric until the interfacing melts and bonds.
Open up the folded edge of the placemat and stitch around the perimeter of the patterned fabric.
Flip the placemat over and stitch the folded edge down to create a pole pocket.
Choose a decorative stitch (if you have a sewing machine that will make decorative stitches) and sew around the border of the state flag cut out.
Lightly trace your letters in pencil. Draw over the pencil lines with Sharpie Stained Markers. (I chose to outline the state shape to help it stand out better.)
Hang your DIY Home State Pride Garden Flag out in the yard and enjoy!
Be sure to pin this project for a friend (because friends don’t let friends pay full price for home décor! Right?!)
Like these cute garden flags? Stay tuned because we’ll have a lot more on Friday.
I love this! Everything you creates is drop dead gorgeous. Thank you!
Thank you Ivory!
There’s a typo, the post says to lay the state on the patterned fabric and it should say lay the placemat on the patterned fabric.
I really like this and plan to make one.
Thanks Carla, I think I corrected the wording. Thanks!
You are most definitely pretty handy! What a gorgeous garden flag and paying tribute to your state. Love this. I live just north of you in Virginia so I need to get the sewing machine out and do this! Do you hear this round of applause coming from my house???
Thanks so much for the compliment Barbara!
This is so cute! What a creative idea. Thank you for sharing. I just may have to try this soon.
Thanks Michele, sewing these placemat flags has become quite addicting!