DIY: Upcycle Old Clothes Into Bunting

You will need:

  1. A sewing machine
  2. Cotton
  3. Pins
  4. The old clothing you’d like to upcycle or fabric of your preference (I used a leg from an old pair of jeans)
  5. Ribbon
  6. Pinking shears (zig-zaggy scissors)
  7. Chalk
  8. Flag template (a cardboard triangle)
  9. Buttons/anything you’d like to use to customise your bunting!


Step 1

First, create a flag template by cutting a triangle out of cardboard, I use a cut out of a cereal box, at any size you want. Then measure out the length of ribbon you have or the desirable amount to fit the location of display that you have in mind. Once you’ve measured it out, you can figure out how many flags will fit accordingly; for my 123cm of ribbon I cut five flags at a 16cm width and spaced them approximately the same distance apart.


Step 2

To make the sewing part easier, I suggest that the ribbon be ironed in half (length ways) to make it easier to sandwich the flags between.


Step 3

Place the flags evenly apart and pin them in place so to make sure that they don’t slip about during the sewing.


Step 4


Before using your sewing machine (or sewing by hand), make sure you’ve chosen the colour thread you prefer, matching or contrasting would look coooool. 


Step 5

Aaaand customise!

I chose to use the middle flag as the ‘feature’ flag, I sewed six small pearly buttons onto it. The two either side of that one are decorated with a pair of old earrings and the end pair have matching buttons on – symmetrical!


I did just use bits and bobs I had lying around, next time I plan on buying funky fabric and sparkly bits. I’ve hung this li’l bunting above my blind on the window of my bedroom at my parents’ house, how cute does it look?!


If anyone makes use of this post please let me know, I’d love to see everyone’s craftiness!



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