Patriotic Denim Banner

Patriotic Denim Banner Made From Upcycled Clothing

My husband purged his closet last week and dumped a stack of clothing on me the size of a Costco apparel display.  Normally, I would add this to my garage sale pile, but I am SOOOOO over garage sales.  All that work and time and all I walk away with is chump change.  Not worth it!   I could donate it, which a good portion of it will be, but first I wanted to try to make something fun.  Instead of looking at it as an assortment of outdated man threads, I looked at it as a stack of fabric with untapped potential and waited for inspiration to strike.  Which it did in the form of this cute patriotic denim banner.

Patriotic denim banner supplies:

  • Jeans
  • Shirts
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Marker

1.  Remove the bottom hem from the jeans with sharp scissors.

2.  Measure and mark the triangle’s length at 8 1/2 inches and the width at 7 1/2 inches.

3.  Cut out the triangles and fray the edges.  To fray, hold the fabric tightly and run the denim through the scissors in 1 inch sections.  Repeat 2-3 times for a nice fray.  You only need to do the sides of the triangle because the top will be folded over later.

4.  Lay out the shirt and cut off the hem and the sleeve.  Begin cutting strips of fabric that are 1-2 inches wide.  These do not have to be perfect cuts, we are going for a shabby chic look here.

5.  Lay the triangle wrong side up and lay a piece of twine an inch from the top edge.  Apply a line of hot glue 1/4 inch from the top of the denim and fold over the twine creating a pocket.  Be careful not to glue the twine to the fabric because you want to be able to adjust the banner.  Leave 3 inches between each denim triangle and continue adding all of the pennants to the twine.

6.  Using a slip knot, or the rag tie technique, add the white and red fabric strips between the denim pennants.  Tie them on in various lengths to give it a rustic look.

7.  Hang your patriotic denim banner and you are ready for summer entertaining.

How cute would this look hanging at a 4th ‘O July party?  Or on Memorial Day?  Or just about any sunny summer day.  I ended up clipping mine to a strand of white lights on my deck.  It spruced up the ugly green light cord and looks adorbs hanging above my window.  Plus, it compliments my red, white and blue flower pots perfectly.

You could really go crazy and stencil stars or the letters ‘USA’ on the denim.  Heck, change the colors to white denim, and cut up some cute girl shirts, or black denim and fun boy shirts and you have a whole new look.  The sky’s the limit!  Give this banner a try, after all, you did pay good money for those clothes, so don’t just toss them when you can give them a new life and a new purpose.  Happy upcycling!

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