14th May 2018
How to upcycle men’s shirts into bunting
This is one of our favourite ReCraft projects ever. Whatever you think about bunting and we have a somewhat ambiguous relationship with the flapping flags phenomenon (see our earlier musings on overcoming tweeness paranoia) it does add an air of summer frivolity – and we could all do with some of that sometimes!
You can make bunting out of pretty much anything – we have made it out of old jeans, Sainsbury’s shopping bags, felt, even old tea-towels. But our favourite is from men’s cotton shirts. You can pick these up for next to nothing in your local charity shop, and, when cut up into triangles, they’ll provide masses of randomly coordinating flags. Click the link below to download the full how-to Instructions – based on one of the projects in our upcycling book ReCraft.
As a rule of thumb, we reckon on each shirt providing about two metres of flags.
Here’s our favourite cheat tip for the quickest, easiest-ever NO SEW bunting. Cut out the triangles and staple to ribbon or tape. There. That’s it. No hemming, no pinning – NO SEWING!
This is the one to do when you say you’ll make bunting for the school fete, and you realise that you have about 2 hours to make 200 metres!
Send us your bunting pictures!