How to Tie a Bandana to Show the Design

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Make your own featured design by selecting a pattern from the printed bandana.
Make your own featured design by selecting a pattern from the printed bandana. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Wearing a folded bandana can either feature an embellished design or hide it. The position of the design -- center or corner -- influences the starting point of the folding pattern to create the stylized look. Choose a skullcap or headband -- the wide Alice band keeps your hair off your forehead -- fold to feature the design. Though traditionally the printed square-cloth accessory is worn around the forehead, highlight the design or accentuate your ensemble by wearing the folded bandana around your wrist, ankle or over your sleeve for an edgy look.

Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Protective sheet

Alice Band Centered Design

Open the bandana with the backside facing up on your ironing board. Set your iron to a high heat or cotton setting and press out any wrinkles. Although bandanas are generally made of printed cotton cloth, read the care label for the correct heat setting. If your bandana has a trimmed design with rhinestones, sequins or embroidery, cover the backside of the embellished area with a protective sheet while gliding the iron in a back and forth motion until the wrinkles diminish.

Fold the upper left corner to the lower right corner and crease the folded edge with your fingertip. Reopen the square cloth.

Fold the upper left corner to the creased center line. Fold the lower right corner to the creased center line. Two mini triangles appear at the backside of the cloth with the center design against your worktable.

Crease the upper left folded edge with your fingertip. Fold the upper left edge to the creased center line. If you have a large size center design, fold the left edge without folding into the design. This will create a wider Alice band when finished.

Crease the lower right folded edge. Fold the lower right folded edge to the creased center line. The mini triangles will no longer be visible.

Flip the bandana over and adjust the folds to center the design. If the design is off- center, make sure the edges do not fold into the design.

Hold the ends of the folded bandana and position the centered design at the top of your head. Self tie at the nape of your neck. Shift the center design and fix your hairdo accordingly before tightening the self-tie into position.

Skullcap Corner Design

Position the square cloth with the backside facing up. The corner design is at the lower right corner on your worktable against the worktable.

Fold the upper left corner to the lower right corner to form a triangle. Crease the folded edge with your fingertip.

Hold each side end of the triangle. Center the folded edge of the bandana along your forehead. This folding pattern features your corner design at the back of your hairdo.

Tie the ends at the back of your crown or nape of your neck. Adjust your hairstyle to ensure that the corner design flaps over the self-tied bandana.

Wrist Bandana Corner Design

Open your bandana on your worktable with the backside facing up. Position the corner design on the lower right corner. Fold the upper left corner to the lower right corner to form a triangle. Crease the folded edge with your fingertip.

Hold the ends and continue to fold or roll the left edge until you reach the corner design, creating a mini triangle.

Flip the bandana over. The mini triangle hangs over the folded area of the bandana. The corner design is featured as it flaps over the folded bandana. Tie the ends around your wrist, ankle or sleeve. If you are working with a large size bandana, wrap the wrist twice before tying the ends into a knot.

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