Tea Towel American Flag

Here is a project it's hard not to do if you have a red striped tea towel or fabric! 

Recently I made an American flag banner using strips of torn red, white and blue fabric. 

The leftover tea towel is now my newest project.

Recycling fabrics and clothing is one of my favorite things to do!

Check this out...

American flag from scrap fabric


Like I said, I began with the leftover scraps from a red and white tea towel. 

red and white striped tea towel scraps

I collect a lot of tea towels in all colors and often use them in my projects. 

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How I made an American Flag:

I cut the leftover tea towel fabric in half giving me 2 rectangles with the perfect stripes for an American flag. 

On each piece of fabric I frayed the edges on 2 sides and left the original binding on the other sides then ironed the fabric. 

I cut 2 pieces of scrap wood to the width of the tea towel fabric then hot glued and stapled it to the wood. 

tea towel and wooden board

red and white fabric wrapped around wood

Next, I cut apart a pair of old jeans. 


denim scraps

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I also cut a rectangle from some of the blue jean leg fabric. 

Using my favorite set of stars and stripes stencils I stenciled white stars on the denim using Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. 

denim pocket and star stencil

I use Fusion Mineral Paint on almost all of my DIY projects because it not only works great on furniture, it sticks to metal, wood and fabric! 

denim with white stenciled stars

For the hangers, I used two different methods. 

pin button
American flag pin

One hanger is a doubled length of jute twine and the other uses the seam from the blue jeans tied in knots and stapled to the back of the wooden sticks. 

denim hanger

American flag with jute hanger

That's about all it took to turn an old tea towel and a pair of blue jeans that no longer fit, into a flag to hang on a wreath or the wall. 

American flag with jean pocket

American flag in a wreath

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front door with wreath and flag


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .