Garden flags are an easy way to add a pop of color to your yard, porch or front entrance, plus it’s a fun way to subtly say hello to visitors and neighbors from afar! Grab some Recycled Canvas in your favorite design and join Spoonflower Ambassador Meg Fleshman to learn the sewing steps towards a year-round collection of these festive flags.

Meg: Today I’m sharing a super quick tutorial for making your own custom garden flags, perfect for marking changing seasons, upcoming festivities, milestones and other celebratory events. Since it’s such a quick and beginner friendly project, it’s a great choice for a batch sewing project, giving you custom garden flags to decorate with all year long.

These DIY garden flags are made using Spoonflower’s Recycled Canvas, a woven fabric composed of 50% REPREVE® recycled fibers made from plastic bottles—10 bottles per yard/meter, in fact! It’s a durable fabric perfect for outdoor uses like custom flags.

With fall in full swing in the northern hemisphere and winter holidays close behind, these garden flags are a simple and weather resistant way to decorate, from welcoming trick or treaters to wishing visitors happy holidays. Plus, if you have access to a cutting machine and heat transfer vinyl, these garden flags can be further decorated with monograms, greetings, favorite sayings and other images for ultimate decor personalization!

Skill level:


  • 1 yard of Recycled Canvas (Tip: You can also do this project with a: 1) fat quarter in a non-directional design or 2) tea towel in a design that wouldn’t be too disrupted by folding over the edges—see exact folded measurements in Step 1.)
  • Rotary cutter or scissors  
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron

Steps to Sew Your Garden Flag

1. Cut the Fabric

Begin by cutting a rectangle measuring 14.5” x 21” (37 x 53 cm). The finished flag will be 12.5” x 18” (31.75 x 45.75 cm).

For all-over prints, a rotary cutter and a ruler are super efficient. However, if you’re using a print with a design element you want placed a particular way on the flag, I recommend creating a template with paper or poster board to cut out the rectangle. Remember that the top of the flag will be folded over a total of 2” (5 cm) and the bottom will be folded over 1” (2.5 cm).

Using a rotary cutter to cut the edges of the fabric to form a rectangle
Measuring the main rectangle of the flag.
Using a template to cut the shape of a rectangle, used to center a Halloween garden flag with a moon and crows.
At left, a paper template cut for the flag. At right, after cutting out the fabric using the paper template. Featured design: Ravens Call Halloween Tea Towel Orange by heatherdutton 

2. Fold and Sew the Long Edges

With wrong sides facing each other, press a 1/2” (1.3 cm) hem along both long edges. Fold the hem over one more time, again at 1/2” (1.3 cm) and press. Edge stitch both sides.

Folding the first edge of the hem down and pressing
Measuring one of the hems.
Folding the second edge of the hem down and pressing with an iron.
Pressing one of the hems.

3. Fold and Sew the Bottom Edge

Exactly how we finished the side edges, press the bottom edge of the flag with a 1/2” (1.3 cm) hem, wrong sides facing. Fold another 1/2” (1.3 cm), press and edge stitch in place. You should now have a rectangle with three hemmed sides and the top still raw.

4. Create the Top Casing

Just like the other sides, begin by pressing a 1/2” (1.3 cm) hem at the top, once again with wrong sides facing. To create the casing, fold the top edge but this time at 1.5” (3.8 cm), then edge stitch a final time.

Folding the casing down at the top of the garden flag
Folding the top edge for the casing.
Finished casing for the garden flag, folded at the top
After edge stitching for the casing.

5. Press and slide into a garden flag holder.

You’re almost done! For the next and final step, give the garden flag a final press and slide it onto a garden flag holder! For extra customization, try adding a greeting or design using a cutting machine and some heat transfer vinyl.

Finished Halloween garden flag, reading "Happy Halloween" in black fun text and sitting in the garden.
A finished garden flag!

Thanks so much for checking out this tutorial and be sure to tag your own DIY garden flags on Instagram with #spoonflower and #megmadesewing. Happy sewing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find out more about Recycled Canvas?
Read all about our Recycled Canvas, including its printable width, fabric structure, recommended needle size and more.
How do I wash my garden flags?
Recycled Canvas garden flags can be washed in cool water using a gentle machine cycle. Machine dry using a low temperature setting and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles.

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