Wednesday, September 19, 2012

fabric scrap {garden flag}

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Fall weather we are having, I know I am! Now that the season is changing, I needed to change my little flag in our front flower bed.  I had one all summer I bought at a local nursery that was bright and said "cool off" which was perfect for our blazing summer. I have had this thought about making my own flag for a while. I thought about getting some outdoor fabric to make one, but didn't want to spend the money on MORE fabric.  So I decided just to make it out of burlap and some use up fabric scraps I had on hand! And I LOVE how it turned out! 

 I used the flag I had for the summer as a template to cut the size of burlap, then folded down about 2 inches at the top and glued it to make a pocket for the rod of the flag holder to go through.  
I saw this pillow a long time ago and it came to mind when I was thinking of what to do.  I knew I had a bunch of fabric scraps I could stand to get rid of, so after rummaging around in my fabric tub, I was so happy to have found some Fall colors I could use as leaves!  
After I cut leaf shapes and a trunk, I used fabric glue to glue them onto the burlap in a tree shape.  I wasn't sure if that would work very well, but I was too lazy to sew all the way around all of those leaves. ;) Luckily it worked just fine! 
Although, I did sew about 1/4 of an inch around the edge and frayed it out.  (Do this before you glue the top down.) This is not a weather proof flag, obviously, so I have taken it in a couple times in case it rained.  I don't know how well the glue would hold up in the rain.  But we have had the most beautiful weather lately so it has gotten to stay the night outside a lot. ;)
This was SO easy!! It didn't take long at all, usually I work on a project off an on for a few days, but this one was easy enough that I just did it all at once.  I love it! I love the colors especially against our green shrubs.  And my basil too, that thing is taking off like crazy lately. yum.
Projects that use what you already have on hand are the best! I have so much left over stuff piled up in my craft closet, it is nice to get rid of some of that in such a pretty way! :)

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23 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I love the design and the colors!

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  2. This is so so so cute. I love anything with burlap, though :). I'm going to follow your blog as soon as I leave this comment :)

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  3. Kimberly, this is beautiful. A lively tree of life. Thank you for sharing the howto with us readers here, and let me invite you too to share your creations and ideas at our linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party .

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  4. this is super super cute!!! I've got a link party going on now that I would love for you to share this at. I am so inspired!
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com

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  5. Found and followed you through Hubby Made Me's link party. I just love your blog! Feel free to stop by mine as well :)

    http://www.the-not-so-desperate-chef-wife.com

    Krista

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  6. The fabric colors are so pretty!

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  7. What a cute idea! And so simple with scraps!

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  8. Sooo pretty! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday!

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  9. Such a cheerful little tree! I LOVE the scraps you used. Fab job! I'm your newest follower (almost 200- go you!) Can't wait to see more of your creations.

    -Amberly!

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  10. Well this is so adorable! The pretty fabric against the rougher burlap is amazing! Great job.

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  11. Nice idea! it'd be cute in a frame :-) I have a bag of scraps I'm going thru for this project.

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  12. Kimberly, I LOVE this! I think I might try something similar on a table runner for Fall.
    Thank you for linking up at Keep Calm & Link Up again last week...we hope you'll join us again this Friday! :o)
    Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  13. i love that garden flag! the fabrics you used are so bright and colorful, great DIY!

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  14. This is too cute! I need something to spruce up my front flower beds and this might just be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. That is so cute!! The fabric and colors are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party :) I hope to see you again this week!

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  16. I absolutely love this! I am so excited to make one myself!

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  17. This is sooo cute! You had me at burlap and fabric scraps.. the design is awesome!
    I am your newest follower!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  18. Decided to feature this on my Top 5 Pins of the Week post! So great!
    Come by for a visit at ncmrsdye.blogspot.com
    -Nikki

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  19. Wow that is really cool! I love the colours!
    Dropping by from the Live Laugh Rowe blog hop. :)

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