Upcycle an old pair of jeans into this patriotic jeans flag banner perfect for 4th of July or other patriotic holidays! My easy craft tutorial shows how to do it.
This post originally appeared on Bombshell Bling.
Turn an old pair of jeans into a cute patriotic jeans flag banner for the 4th of July or any other patriotic holiday! I don't know if there's any fabric that's more perfect for a patriotic design than denim, particularly upcycled denim that's a little distressed here and there. If you have been searching for additional decorations for your 4th of July celebrations, you may want to see what type of flag pole you can get to wave your homemade flags on, really make it a celebration to remember.
Use an easy reverse applique technique to create the stars, and scissors and paint to create red and white streamers.
And to hang the patriotic flag banner, what's easier than a wooden pants hanger? The clamp style hangers are just the right size and style for this project. And when you're not using it to display your patriotic flag banner, you can still use it as a hanger.
Or, when the seasons change, just switch out one banner for another. My Fall Apple Banner uses the same wood pants hanger. How handy is that! Just unclip one banner and then insert another.
Make a patriotic flag banner from upcycled jeans
1 pair jeans
Wooden pants hanger with clamps
Red acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Here's how to make it:
Cut the legs off the jeans close to the top. (Photo shows just one leg being cut off, but you'll need both of them.)
Cut up the inseams of both pieces and open out to create 2 rectangles of denim. (Photo shows just one rectangle but you'll need two.)
Take one of the rectangles and place a strip of masking tape across it (short way), 8 1/2" from the top.
Cut 6 long slits from the bottom of the rectangle to your tape to create 7 long streamers hanging the bottom of the rectangle, each one approximately 1 3/4" wide. These will be the stripes of your flag. Remove the tape.
OPTIONAL: My denim really liked to fray, so I zig zag stitched around all the edges (even those streamers) to help control the fraying. It took a while to go around that many long edges, so you may not want to mess with it unless your denim is fraying a lot like mine was.
Paint the streamers red and white to create the stripes of the flag. I used a couple of coats to get good coverage, especially with the white.
Paint the rectangle area at the top of the banner white, leaving 1" around the edges unpainted. (Pardon the splotchy dropcloth in the photo. I reuse them again and again so there's paint left over from a previous project.)
Now, take that second denim rectangle and cut out the star topper using the free template. You'll end up with a rectangle with 5 stars cut out from it.
OPTIONAL: Zig zag the outside edges to control fraying.
Layer the star topper over the top of the painted denim piece. The area you painted white should show through the star shaped holes. Use a glue stick to glue baste it in place. After you've glued it down, give it a quick press with a hot iron to make sure the glue is dry.
Stitch around the outside edges of the rectangle and around all of the star shapes.
All you need to do now is put the banner in the wooden clamp hanger, and then your upcycled jeans flag banner is finished!