A couple of months back, I found a cute burlap mailbox flag on Etsy and was tempted to purchase until I realized how easy it would be to make one on my own. This was a simple project and only took about two hours to wrap up. If you’re anything like me, be warned that you may stab your finger with your needle about a bagillion times before remembering that you own a thimble. You could also make this a garden flag, etc.
- embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- fabric of your choice
- a printer or stencil
- mailbox flag hook
- acrylic spray sealant
- fabric glue
1) Fold burlap in half and use a straightedge and ruler to trace your desired flag shape on one side. The “top” of your flag (where you’ll have the loop for the flag holder) should be along the folded edge. To make a double pointed flag like mine, decide how wide you want your flag to be and mark the midpoint. Draw two diagonal lines from the midpoint to each bottom corner. Cut out your flag, being sure to leave the folded top intact.
2) On your computer, decide what font you want your monogram to be in and select the largest font size that will fit on one piece of paper. Print your letter and cut it out.
3) Trace two copies of your cut out letter onto the fabric that you chose. Cut out each fabric letter. Carefully roll under the raw edges of your letter and glue onto both sides of your flag. It may help to make tiny snips in the corners of your fabric letters. This is probably the most challenging step.
4) Thread your needle and hand sew along the edges of your glued down letters (being sure to only sew each letter onto one side of your flag). You can change your stitches depending on how rustic or tidy you want your flag to look. Then hand sew the two sides of your flag together along the three raw edges. At the top of your flag, sew about a half inch below the top of your burlap to form a loop for the mailbox flag hook to pass through.
5) Thoroughly seal your flag with acrylic spray sealant and mount onto mailbox. All done!