Finishing the garden flag

I finally finished the garden flag for Dave’s wildflower garden. For making the base flag, check out this post.

Here is my garden flag without the decorations.

It took me so long to decide how to decorate it. Also, I was limited to just a few colors of waterproof canvas. I picked out a couple flowers and butterfly files, and cut them out with my ScanNCut. For the first several pieces of canvas, I was able to just put them on the new mat (I had destroyed the old one in a previous cutting session.), and cut. However, toward the end of my cutting session I needed to do something to keep the canvas on the carrier. I could have used a variety of other adhesives,  but finally just added one of their fabric sheets to the mat.


Then I had all of these pieces! What was I going to do?

I played around with them quite awhile until I decided on flowers in the background, with the butterflies on top. I started by pinning them down so I could see the design.

Once I was happy with the placement, I glued them down. I’m just using a small dab of glue to tack them down.

Then we were off to the sewing machine to free-motion around them.

Once the flowers were sewn on, then what?  In this picture the small yellow one had not been sewn on yet.

I put this on my design wall, adding the yellow, red and blue butterflies. I kept it up there for a day, and I just didn’t like it. In my stash I had a bone white piece of the canvas. I went back to the cutter and cut out three butterflies. I added them to the flag, and that was it. They were the contrast I needed.

And here it is in Dave’s garden.

I’m happy with how it turned out, but would like some different colors for the next flag. Yep, I’m going to make another one. Maybe I’ll create a Fall flag,  or a Spring flag. It was fun to make, and a good way to use up some of that waterproof canvas. I had purchased it for lining for bags I’ve yet to construct! It was also good for me to work with my ScanNCut that was gathering dust on my worktable.

Have a good weekend, and as always, thanks for dropping by.