I made this bunting as a birthday present for my friend, Jules. I used offcuts of fabric I had left over from other things I already made – reusing fabrics does not have to be ugly! (scroll to bottom of page to see a clear vid of the bunting)
Before investing in new fabrics, it is always a good idea to try and repurpose fabrics you already have. If you don’t like the fabric scraps you have leftover, you can always use them as stuffing for pillows.
The UK is the fourth largest producer of textile waste in Europe, with each member of the population throwing away 3.1kg of textiles per year on average. Less than a third of this 3.1kg is reused or recycled. This makes a total of 206.456 tonnes of textiles wasted every year in the UK!
Reducing textile waste is easy. Always think about purchasing new clothes before committing – will you wear it; will it last; is it a fad; do you have anything else that is similar; can you repurpose something else already in your wardrobe?
If you have clothes that you are looking to get rid of and have no other use for you, reselling is a good option and if not, donating them to charity. For more info on this topic, here is an article I wrote on second-hand clothing: