How to Make Patriotic Upcycled Bunting Two Different Ways
Nothing makes a garden or patio look ready for a party than a bit of bunting. I always associate bunting with summer fairs and garden parties. This denim bunting I originally made a few years ago for the Queens Jubilee, we had a street party.
The upcycled denim bunting I originally made was Union Jack bunting, but as most of my blog audience is American I’ve also made a Stars and Stripes version just for you! It was quite easy to adapt my flag bunting design from Union Jack to Stars and stripes as they are both red white and blue.
So whether you celebrating the Queen’s Birthday, the latest Royal wedding or the 4th of July there is a bunting for you!
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What you need to make your denim bunting
- Old pair of jeans. I just use the legs of the jeans, (so you can save the pockets to make a fabulous denim pocket organiser.)
- Ribbon scraps, I keep all ribbon scraps from presents and packaging and have quite a collection of especially red ones from Valentine’s gifts. If you haven’t got any you can normally by a variety pack from your craft store.
- Red ribbon, various sizes and patterns.
- Off white / cream bias binding
- Navy blue bias binding
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Denim sewing machine needles
- Scissors,or rotary cutter, thread, cardboard & sewing machine.
Depending on how long you want your bunting will determine how many pairs of jeans and how much ribbon.
How to make your upcycled denim bunting
- First, make a triangular cardboard template the size you want for your bunting. Use this template as a guide for cutting out your denim. Personally I prefer to use a rotary cutter and board to cut my denim, but scissors are fine, just a bit slower. You will need 2 denim triangles for each piece of bunting one for the front and the other for the back.
- Secondly lay out your ribbon, depending on what flag you’re making. You can either sew your ribbon flag design to your denim triangles or the easy option is to glue them with fabric Mod Podge. Gluing instead of sewing does make your bunting a little stiffer but this is no bad thing.
- I have 2 graphics to show you how to make your upcycled bunting, one for Union Jack bunting and one for Stars and Stripes bunting. They are both practically the same except for how you arrange the red and white ribbon. Also, you note there are stars on the American bunting. I used a die to cut out these stars from some spare white ribbon. If you don’t have a die cutter you can always use a star stamp instead.
- After you have glued or sewn your ribbon pieces into place, get a blank triangle of denim and pin these 2 pieces right sides together. Sew round the sides leaving the top open. Trim off an excess ribbon, and turn right side out. You will need a pencil or something pointed to push out the tip of your triangle.
- To sew your bunting triangles together in a long garland, fold over your blue ribbon and pin this to the top of your triangle. Make sure that you place the denim in between the ribbon fold. Then simply sew your denim bunting flags to the blue ribbon. All you need now is a party !
I first made my Union Jack bunting in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when we had a street party. I got it out again for the royal wedding in 2013. It’s been sitting in a draw since then but will be back on display next weekend for Harry and Megans Wedding.
If you are looking for more upcycled denim projects check out my page.