I really love working on the Prayer Flag Project and making a flag for Olivia and Asher. Last year was the first year I participated in the project and I was really in a bad place with my grief. Setting time aside to make something in memory of them was so healing. I ended up making 5 flags total. This year it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to do for each of their flags.
I knew that I wanted to use materials that I had since I usually pick up things that remind me of them throughout the year. I gathered up all the materials that I had on hand that looked interesting to me and then sat down and drew out what I wanted each flag to look like. I knew I wanted Olivia's to have a white butterfly with a bunny and Asher's to have a giraffe with stars. I did a google search to find images I could use as a template for the items I wanted to add to the flag.
I did Olivia's first and actually changed what I had in mind throughout the process. My original plan was to have a white flag with the floral fabric being the bunny but at the last minute I decided to switch it. I did a mix of hand sewing and hot gluing for this flag. The top is hand stitch to hold the ribbon and the bunny is hand stitched. The butterfly is a scrapbook sticker that I hot glued. There is 2 kinds of lace, some beading and rosette ribbon that is hot glued at the bottom. The bunny's tale is some ribbon that I used on her flag last year. I bunched it up and hot glued it into place. The lace at the top is also hot glued on. This flag seriously took me about 15 minutes to make.
I also wrote a letter to her, something I haven't done in sometime now. I wrote the letter on a piece of fabric I had and hot glued it to the back of the flag. I only hot glued it at the top because I didn't want the glue to show through to the other side.
Asher's prayer flag was originally going to have one giraffe looking at the stars but then it became a family of giraffes (our family). I really love the way this flag turned out. There are two stars to represent the number of years he has been gone. We always called Asher our little star so stars will always be included in his flags. This flag took a little longer just because of the cutting and stitching of the giraffes. They are hand sewn on along with the moon. Everything else is hot glued on - 4 different ribbon and stars.
Asher's also has a letter glued on to the back of the flag. It's funny cause I wrote their letters weeks apart and the letters pretty much say the same thing - Asher's has a little more promises to enjoy life and be happy.
I cut a piece of ruffled fabric to put in between the two flags to separate them.
I hung mine in my house next to last year's flags. You can see last year's flags here.