One of my favorite things about decorating for a new holiday is changing our garden flag. I’m pretty sure we have a flag for every season! It’s the perfect way to add a touch of festive decor to your curb appeal. This year, I decided to add to my collection of DIY Easter decorations and make this adorable bunny garden flag.
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With all of the multi-colored DIY Easter decorations out there, I knew I wanted my garden flag design to be very simple with just one main color and some white accents.
There’s just something refreshing about unique, minimalist, and refined pieces.
In choosing the materials, the flag fabric needed to be durable and strong enough to withstand the elements outside, so burlap seemed like the obvious choice. It was also super cheap at the local fabric store.
Easter colored burlap isn’t something you see every day so I decided to make my own! I purchased a bottle of pink fabric dye and had some fun creating a custom color in the kitchen sink. I used this kind of fabric dye.
After the burlap was dry, I used my new, beautiful sewing machine to put it together. Prior to purchasing this new full-sized one, I was using a mini sewing machine and the difference is night and day!
I did a TON of research before selecting this machine because, honestly, I didn’t need anything very advanced and I wanted to stick to a budget. The one I chose has 17 stitch options (I’ll probably only use 4 but it’s nice to have the choice), is very easy to thread, has an adorable design, and costs less than $130!
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Then, I got to work on the Easter design.
I found a cute Easter bunny in the image library of the Cricut Design Space and used my Explore 3 to cut it out of some Everyday Iron-On material. If you don’t have a Cricut cutting machine, don’t worry, you can use regular iron-on material and cut your own design.
*However, if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a Cricut, this is your sign to get one already! It’s WORTH IT!*
After ironing the image onto the front of the flag, I made some cute and super easy white tassels out of yarn (there’s a video tutorial below). Then, I just sewed them along the bottom!
That was it! This is easily one of the cutest DIY Easter decorations I’ve ever made and each step in the process was enjoyable.
Can I make this flag without a Cricut?
YES! All you need to do is get some regular iron-on material, print a design on it, cut it out with scissors, and then iron it onto the fabric according to the instructions. You won’t be able to get as intricate of a design and you won’t have access to the Cricut designs but a simple bunny pattern would still be adorable!
Can I use a material other than burlap?
Yes! Just make sure you get one that’s durable and dries quickly. Otherwise, you might get a stinky, sad-looking garden flag a few weeks down the road.
Do I need a sewing machine to make this?
No, you could opt to sew this by hand. It would just take longer.
TIP 1: Burlap is extremely porous and soaks up dye pigment very quickly. The package instructions for the fabric dye I used recommended soaking the fabric for 15-30 minutes. I literally soaked my burlap for 3 minutes to get my desired color. Check your fabric often!
TIP 2: Because of the burlaps characteristically large weave, there will be a lot of fraying during the dying/washing process. That’s why I recommend cutting the fabric to be several inches larger than you’ll need.
TIP 3: If working with a sewing machine, choose a zig-zag stitch for extra durability.
Here’s what you’ll need to make one of these adorable DIY Easter decorations:
- ½ yard of burlap
- Liquid fabric dye in the color of your choice
- White Iron-On material (you can get Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On material here on Amazon)
- Yarn (whichever color you want your tassels to be)
- Tape Measure or Ruler
- If you don’t already have a garden flag holder, this one has over 30,000 5-star reviews on Amazon
Here’s how to make them:
- Start by measuring how long and wide you’d like your garden flag to be (mine is 12 inches x 17 inches). To get your starting fabric size, add 4 inches to the desired width and then take your desired length, double it, and add 4 extra inches.
Example: I cut my starting fabric width to 16 inches (12+4) and my starting length to 38 inches (17*2+4). This extra fabric is necessary to account for fraying and seams.
- Cut your fabric according to those measurements.
- Prepare your fabric dye according to package instructions and dye the fabric. Rinse, hand wash with a little dish detergent, rinse again, and let air dry. Don’t be freaked out if the dye water looks crazy dark!
- Iron the material to get rid of any wrinkles and then fold it in half lengthwise. The folded end will be the top.
- Next, trim the fabric down so that you have just one extra inch on the left and right sides as well as the bottom. Pin the fabric in place and mark the sewing line with chalk or a pen.
- Sew the edges of the flag, beginning 1.5 inches away from the top and leaving 1.5 inches before the top on the other side. This will enable you to turn the flag right-side-out after sewing and it will also create the loop for hanging the flag when finished.
- After tying off your thread strings, turn the flag right-side-out through one of the gaps at the top. If any of your stitches stretch out during this process, you can add a few additional stitches to the outside. Then, use a dowel rod, spoon handle, or any other long tool to help poke out the corners.
- Next, create your Easter design and cut it out of iron-on paper using your preferred cutting method.
- Then, iron it onto the front of your flag according to package instructions. If you’re using a Cricut and haven’t worked with the Cricut iron-on materials, here’s a really good step-by-step tutorial on what to do: PracticallyFunctional.com
- After your design is ironed on, use some white yarn to make 5 little tassels – check out the video tutorial below! Note: I wrapped the yarn around the spice jar 15 times.
- Pin the tassels across the back of the bottom of the flag and sew a zig-zag stitch across to secure.
That’s it! Now you can make your own adorable DIY Easter garden flag.
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