Summer Garden Flag from a Dollar Store Placemat

I have to admit, I’m a little addicted to making garden flags out of fabric placemats from the Dollar Store (The Dollar Tree to be exact.)

If you missed my previous flags, this was our winter flag:

And our Valentine’s Day flag (that I’m embarrassed to say hung until this week.):

But, I finally caught up to the correct season. As I like to say, better late than never, a cheery neon garden flag!


  • Fabric Placemat
  • Terry cloth bar cloths
  • Scissors
  • Heat n’ Bond no-iron hem tape
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Silk flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks


Fold over the top of the placemat 2.5 inches and stitch across the bottom edge to create the rod pocket.

Cut out flip flop shapes out of the bar towels. (Be prepared for a shedding frenzy! Little pills will be everywhere.)

Cut strips of Heat n’ Bond tape to fit on the back of the flip flop cut outs.

Iron the tape onto the flip flops (2 seconds). Then remove the paper backing.

Flip the flip flops over and iron them onto the flag. Then flip over the flag and iron underneath the shapes for better adhesion. And if I use the word “Flip” again in this instruction you are going to flip! 😉

Thread your sewing machine with a contrasting thread. Set the stitch on your machine (I used a blanket stitch, but you could use a straight stitch if you want.) Sew around the perimeter of the flip flops.

Cut ribbon into lengths long enough to be used as the straps on the flip flops.

Pin the ribbons in place on the flip flops. Stitch at the point and at the edges of the flip flops.

Leave the rest of the ribbon unstitched so it sticks up and looks like you could slip your feet into the straps.

Select a bunch of silk flowers and pull them off the stems. Cut the back off the flowers so they will rest flat.

Lay out the flowers onto the flag and pin them in place. If the flower centers fall off, hold them off to the side.

Thread your sewing machine with thread to coordinate with your flower. Stitch around the center of the flower to secure it onto your flag. Repeat for the remaining flowers. (You may choose to change your thread for each colored flower.)

Heat up the hot glue gun. Put a large dollop of hot glue into the center of the flower and press the floral centers into place.

Hang your flag in the garden and enjoy!

My friend Shannon at Madigan Made is hosting a week of Neon crafts. Head over to see what she’s created with neon! Like these adorable neon bamboo vases:

Happy Summer Y’all (only 2 months late, but better late than never!)


  1. Genius! What a great use for placemats!

  2. Pretty snazzy! I too, love to recycle dollar store items. It gives one such a feeling of thriftiness and accomplishment don’t you think?

  3. What a clever idea! This makes me want to learn to sew.

  4. Cuter than any banner I’ve ever been able to buy.


  5. I love the neon vases!

  6. Gayle Karson says:

    This is so cute! I love the texture of the flip-flops.

  7. Great idea!!!!

  8. Great idea, and so much cheaper than buying flags for each season or holiday…this makes me wish I had a sewing machine!

  9. This is adorable! You are so clever. And it’s el cheapo too. Goota love that about a project!

  10. These are lovely! So colorful and inexpensive too. Woo HOO! My kind of project. I will be doing this one.


  11. Great Idea !!! So cute. You need to start making them to sell-you would make a fortune !!

  12. Great idea! I started this project with the kids and they loved it. Another way to DIY with kids (DIWK). Thanks

  13. Hi! I was wondering if you use any kind of anti-mildew type of spray on your garden flags? I made my first one a couple of months ago and it already has mildew on it (I live in FL).

    • Katie, I didn’t but ours is in a sunny spot so it dries out fairly well between rains. The white one does have some little spots on it (probably mildew) but not noticeable enough to not hang it. Let me know if you do try a spray that works.

  14. where did you find the winter snowman one or is it also a placemat? I am looking for fabric on a roll that you can make your own…is that possible to find?


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