How to Make a Skirt Out of Bandanas


If the laid-back and wacky look of bandanas fits your style, consider making a skirt out of bandanas. The number of bandanas you need will depend upon your size. Because the bandanas are already hemmed, the only sewing involved to make a skirt out of bandanas is the side seams. In less than an hour, you can easily have a new skirt to wear out of colorful bandanas.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 4 bandanas
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Measure your hips at the widest point and add 5 inches to this measurement (extra fabric for seam allowance and fitting ease). This is the total fabric width you will need for your skirt.

  • Figure out the amount of bandana fabric you need to create your skirt. Most bandanas are 22-inch squares. This means that two bandanas sewn together will make a skirt with a width of 43 inches (half-inch seam allowance). As long as your measurement from Step 1 is 43 inches or less, you can safely use two bandanas to make your skirt.

  • Cut the bandanas to make the required width, if necessary. For example, if your hip measurement is 37 and you add 5 inches, this totals 42 inches. Cut a half inch from one edge of both bandanas.

  • Place the bandanas together with right sides facing each other. Measure 6 inches down from the top right corner and mark this point. Measure 6 inches down from the top left corner and mark this spot. Pin the edges below both side marks to secure.

  • Sew along the pinned edges, using a half-inch seam allowance. These will be the side edges of the skirt.

  • Turn the skirt right side out and try it on. Tie each side edge by tying the loose front and back pieces of fabric together in a double knot at each side hip.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your measurement from Step 1 necessitates more than two bandanas, divide your hip measurement in half. Stitch two bandana pieces that are each equal to half of your hip measurement and construct the skirt using the same process outlined in steps 4 through 6.

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