You may remember a little while back that I wrote about my new project using felt butterflies. Well my project is now finished, and so I present to you my denim bunting with felt butterflies!
I made ten butterflies out of felt, using lots of different colours. They all use the same pattern, and were very quick to stitch together. I had lots of fun choosing different colour combinations!
For the flags I cut up an old pair of jeans which had developed holes in the knees (thank you crawling baby). I cut the flags so that the grain ran the same way on all of them, and I washed the pieces so that the edges frayed nicely. Then I ironed them (don't laugh, Mum) before sewing on the felt patches. I purchased some stiff red ribbon to sew the flags to.
When it came to sewing the flags to the bunting I had a bit of a dilemma, because I wasn't sure whether or not to leave gaps in between the flags. I've seen it done both ways, and both ways look good. In the end I decided upon a 7cm gap between flags.
They are hanging up in the summerhouse, which I'm intending to decorate for the summer with a butterfly theme. Even though the weather is only just starting to warm up, we've already spent a lot of time out there, so I think that we'll still get to enjoy them a lot even though they're not in the house.
Do see this fab tutorial at The Girl Creative for making denim bunting. I'd already decided to use red ribbon on mine, but this tutorial inspired me to wash the denim to make the edges fray so beautifully.
I will be linking this post to the Jeanius Challenge at Me and My Shadow, pop by to see lots of other lovely ideas for recycling denim, including some more gorgeous bunting made from denim.