DIY Easter Egg Garden Flag
In 2018, I made a bunch of burlap garden flags, with the intention of embellishing one flag for each holiday. Well, I did not decorate a single garden flag in 2018. In 2019, I made the first one; a Sweet N’ Simple Valentine Flag. I enjoy quick sewing projects- things that can be completed in one afternoon. For my second garden flag I chose a fast, fun, DIY Easter Egg Garden Flag.
- sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
- burlap flag
- pastel fabric
- iron (not pictured)
- fabric protector
- grosgrain ribbon for bow
- Dollar Tree plastic egg yard decoration
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 flag pole, while turning the burlap under 1/2″. Sew with a straight stitch, or a zig-zag stitch (stitch 9 on a Brother machine).
My colors for this spring have consistently been green, yellow, and pink. I had several fat quarters in those colors. I wanted to challenge myself a little bit, and piece my egg together using all three colors. The plastic egg decoration from the Dollar Tree was curved in each of its three sections. Using this pattern was more difficult than the one-piece heart I used for the Sweet N’ Simple Valentine Flag.
Trace the top and bottom sections of the plastic egg onto the back side of the corresponding fabric with a pencil, then cut. Lay the top and bottom fabrics onto the fabric you will be using for the center of the egg. Trace around the center of the egg’s top and bottom fabrics to make your center piece. This method insures that all three pieces fit together evenly. Cut the middle piece, then iron each piece of fabric. *If I were to make this egg over again, I would trace the entire egg, cut the egg-shaped material into three pieces, then trace two of those pieces onto my other fabric patterns. I have been racking my brain about it since I made this flag, and the solution finally came to me when I was sitting in the car at my 10 year-old’s softball practice.
Pin the fabric in place. I chose to baste my fabric sections, one at a time, with the #6 stitch on my Brother 2500. This step is not necessary, but it gave me comfort. I didn’t want my egg to come apart on the appliqué stitch.
Sew the egg together using the #11 appliqué stitch. Remove the basting stitch. Fold the burlap flag, and the egg down the middle, then again to find their centers. Mark the centers with a straight pin.
Open the egg and the flag. Pin the center of the egg onto the center of the burlap flag. I wanted my egg to be tilted, so I turned it slightly to the left. Pin the egg in place.
Cut two pieces of lace to match the width of your flag, plus one inch. Pin a lace strip just underneath the seam under the opening at the top of your flag. Fold the ends under and pin. Place the other lace strip at the very bottom of the flag. Fold the ends under and pin.
Sew around the egg, and all the way across both lace strips, using the #11 appliqué stitch. Chose the tightest appliqué stitch available on your machine.
Make a simple grosgrain ribbon bow, and hand sew it into the upper left-hand corner, just below the opening for the flag pole. Trim threads and iron the egg.
Take the flag outside and spray with fabric protector. Anything left outdoors will become weathered, but the fabric protector will repel water and protect your flag from sun damage. You can use it for many Easters to come if you take good care of it.
You’re done! Hang your Easter Egg Garden Flag proudly!
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