Friday, July 1, 2011

Garden Flag for the 4th

Months ago I came across this placemat at the Dollar Tree and thought it would make a cute garden flag for the 4th of July. It was actually so many months ago that Ihad to write myself a note, so I'd remember that I even had it! As July approached I dug it out of the craft closet and got to work.

I had to buy a few birthday cards at Rite Aid the other day. While I was on that aisle I noticed these gift bow thingys and thought they kind of looked like fireworks. Hmmm...wheels started to turn....

I folded down one end of the placemat about an inch or two (just enough for it to fit onto my little garden flag holder) and sewed it straight across.

I love the look of pennant flags that are so popular now, so I decided to use some fabric scraps and bias tape I already had to create some little mini-pennant flags on my flag. I cut the scraps into triangle shapes and pinned them in place.

Using navy blue bias tape, I pinned it on top of the pennant flag edges and then zig-zag stitched the whole thing onto my placemat garden flag, removing pins as I sewed.

I wanted to put the word, "Celebrate," on the flag somewhere and will typically just use regular adhesive vinyl. It doesn't do as well on fabric as I'd like for it to when it's out in the weather, so I chose to use heat-transfer vinyl. I ordered a sheet of red  a long time ago and haven't used it yet, so I dug it out too. I've had it so long that I had to go back and watch the video tutorial provided by to remember how to use it!

It turned out just right!

Now for a bit of pizzazz...I hot glued the "fireworks"onto the garden flag and added a few star stickers also cut from vinyl.

As our Sweetbaby often says....ALL DONE! Happy 4th of July to everyone. I will be with friends and family for most of the weekend, but I'll be back on Monday to announce the winners of the Chalkboard Tumbler giveaway!

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At July 1, 2011 at 8:03 PM , Blogger HaleighsMomma said...

That is absolutely adorable! Great job!

At July 2, 2011 at 12:53 AM , Blogger A Lived in Home said...

I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow. Check it out:

At July 2, 2011 at 1:26 AM , Blogger Karen said...

That is so cute! I love that you used a place mat. It is adorable. Great job!! I am a new follower!

At July 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger TidyMom said...

How cute!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up today

Have a great holiday!

At July 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Becca said...

That is really cute! I'll have to make one of these for next year. I think I'm too packed over the next two days to make it for this year's party.

I'd really love to have you post this on my linky party!!! The party is open for a few more days.


At July 2, 2011 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love this idea! So cute! I just got a sewing machine and maybe I'll have to try this! I'm visiting over from funkyjunkinteriors. I'm hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I'd love for you to link up and share with me!

Hope to see you over at my place soon!

At July 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Kim@todayismysome-day said...

This is great! I especially like that you were thinking about it months ahead! I tend to procrastinate :). I am visiting via 30 Days where I also linked up a 4th of July banner. Come on over.

At July 2, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Michele Alger said...

That turned out so CUTE!! LOVE IT ;)

At July 3, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

What a great idea!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party that I'd love for you to join in on by adding your link!

At July 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Adorable! I love it! Stopping by from I Heart Naptime.
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At July 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM , Blogger La-Dee-da crafter said...

This is so great!!! I never thought about placemats being good garden flags but this is so adorable. Love everything about this!!!!
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At July 3, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger angie @ the cellar door stories said...

super cute ~ great job!!!

thanks so much for stopping by & commenting on my 4th of july wreath ~ i really appreciate it!

At July 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

So very creative! I love the "fireworks" on it that was such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!


At July 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Sisters of the said...

your flag turned out great!! what a creative use of a dishtowel. i would love to have you link it up at our party going on now!!

At July 14, 2011 at 12:03 AM , Blogger Lauren {Land of Douglas} said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!


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