How to: Upcycled Jeans Party Banner

    Posted by  ·  February 23, 2012

    Silhouette asked me to give their iron on interfacing a try and I was thrilled with how it allows you to cut fabric.

    With two growing teen boys we are in no shortage of worn out jeans. Usually is it the pocket and not the knees. This allows me to use the legs of the jeans to make pennants. I used the fold of the jean so each pennant is double layered. Cut as many pennants as you need for your message.  I used both legs.

    Now you are ready to cut out the letters. This is where the Silhouette CAMEO TM and the iron on interfacing is brilliant. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Next,  peel off the paper backing.

    Place the interfacing side down on the mat and cut away.

    I love that I can cut out any font that I have on my computer. For this banner I used Bajareczka. This font can be download  free at Dafont.  I enlarged each of the letters to 400pt to 500pt, depending on the width of the letter to get them to fit properly.

    Iron the letters to the pennants.

    To permanently attach the letters, stitch around the outside edge of each letter. I opened the pennant up so I was only stitching through one layer of jean material.

    Stitch a line across the top of the pennant to form a casing to slip a ribbon through for hanging. Edge stitch around the outside edge of the pennant, starting and stopping at the top stitching line.



    Slip a ribbon, twill tape or string through the pennants and then you are ready to party!


    1. Monday, June 8th, 2015
      Love this! Just thinking about what to do with hubby's old jeans and this wold be cool
    2. nathalie
      Thursday, March 13th, 2014
      love your idea. what machine do you use to cut the letters? can you also use it to cut fabric? am planning on doing a few buntings myself, different sizes, shapes, all on fabric.
    3. Saturday, May 4th, 2013
      What a wonderful tutorial and a great use of jeans! I featured this on my blog at with a direct link back here. Thanks so much!
    4. Ruth S.
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012
      What a great recycle idea and cute, too!
    5. LT
      Monday, May 7th, 2012
      Where is your Follow Me on Pinterest icon?
    6. Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
      What a cute idea and a nice alternative!
    7. Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
      What a great alternative to a paper banner. I can see this lasting throughout the years. You could pull it out and iron it if it gets a little wrinkled. Great job and really cute. I love anything that can be re-used for another purpose. Lesley
    8. Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
      What a great idea!

      I ordered a Cameo last week..and I'm so happy I found this deal on the fabric interfacing - THANK YOU!! Just ordered it!
    9. Suzanne
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
      Fun upcycle!