Strawberry Garden Flags are a colorful way to symbolize the beginning of the summer season. Some strawberry print material, a little felt, some burlap, a sewing machine and a few basic sewing supplies is all that you need to pull of this festive DIY project.
In 2018, I made a bunch of burlap garden flags, and vowed to decorate one for each holiday. I didn’t make the first one, Sweet N’ Simple Valentine Flag, until February 2019. The Easter Egg Garden Flag was the second one to be made. I chose a strawberry for the third garden flag, because strawberries are symbolic of the joy and happiness of summer.
◻ 14″ x 20″ burlap
◻ sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
◻ printable strawberry pattern
◻ strawberry printed cotton material
◻ green felt
◻ ink pen
◻ 36″ red mesh ribbon (Dollar Tree)
◻ fabric protector spray
◻ safety pin
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HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRY GARDEN FLAG
Step 1: Making the Burlap Flag
The burlap flag began as a 14″ by 20″ piece of material. Fold the burlap over all the way around, making a 1/2″ hem. Be sure to turn the edges under; don’t leave them raw. Fold the top over 2 1/2 inches, leaving a 2″ gap for the flagpole, while turning the burlap under 1/2″. Sew with a straight stitch, or a zig-zag stitch (#9 on a Brother machine).
Step 2: Printing the Strawberry Pattern
Print and cut the strawberry pattern. I saved the strawberry image to my computer, then printed it in black and white as an 8 x 10 picture.
Step 3: Cutting the Body of the Strawberry
Place the strawberry pattern on top of the strawberry printed material. Trace around the pattern with an ink pen, then cut along the traced ink line.
Step 4: Cutting the Stem
Place the stem pattern on top of the green felt. Trace around the pattern with an ink pen, then cut along the traced ink line.
Step 5: Cutting the Interfacing
Lay the strawberry pattern over the interfacing. Trace around the pattern with an ink pen, then cut along the traced ink line. This will go between the burlap flag and the strawberry.
I like to use the Pellon interfacing to back my appliqué sewing projects. In this case, it gives the strawberry fabric some body/weight, and makes the flag look and feel more professional. In a nutshell, interfacing stabilizes the fabric for stitching and gives it a nice weight. I didn’t use it with the Easter Egg Garden Flag, and could really tell the difference.
Related: Make A Strawberry Wreath
Step 6: Putting it Together
Layer the fabric pieces with the strawberry print and felt stem on top, and the Pellon underneath. Pin the layers together. Fold the burlap flag in half, then again. Place a pin in the center. When you open the flag, the pin will be perfectly centered in the middle of the burlap.
Step 7: Centering the Strawberry
Fold the strawberry in half, then again, place a pin where it is folded. When you open the strawberry, the pin will be in the center. Match the center of the strawberry to the center of the flag, using the pins. Pin the strawberry and Pellon Layer to the flag all the way around.
Related: Hand Tacked Strawberry Mug Rug
Step 8: Sewing Strawberry to Flag
Using the#11 stitch (on a Brother machine), sew around the strawberry and stem. Trim threads.
Remember, you want your project to look just as good on the back as it does on the front.
Step 9: Making the Bow
Time for the bow! Make a simple bow using a 36” piece of red mesh ribbon from Dollar Tree. Fold the ends of the bow in half. Cut downward at an angle to create the triangular opening at the ends of the bow.
Step 10: Final Touches
Spray the bow and the flag with fabric protector. Pin the bow to the upper left corner of the burlap flag. Previously, I hand-sewed the bow to each flag. I thought it would be better to pin the bows in the future, making the flags easier to restore and refresh.
Time to hang that Strawberry Flag! I hope You enjoy making it.
What material did you use for the strawberry? We’d love to see how it turned out. Snap a pic & tag it on Instagram with @FlusterBuster
Happy Spring! Kristie
Passionate about all things domestic, as a Christian wife and homeschooling mother of 5 children, I am especially interested in encouraging stay-at-home moms, one-income families, and cottage dwellers of all kinds. I love DIY projects, sewing, decorating, cooking, and collecting and selling vintage dishes. Read More…
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