Homemade Bandanas


Bandanas have been popular for decades and are used for multiple purposes: for fashion, used as rags, worn for durability, sweat stoppers, and face masks. Often worn around the neck or head, gangs have worn bandanas in distinct places with very unique colors and patterns to distinguish their members. Western cowboys have worn them to protect their faces from the heat of the sun and the sand hitting their faces in desert areas. Girls wear them as headbands and men use them to wipe the sweat from their faces and to check the oil in their cars. Whatever the use, making homemade bandanas is a project for the whole family.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Fabric Pen
  • Measure your fabric and use the fabric pen to mark where you intend to cut. The bandanna should be square, so all of the sides should be equal in length. If you are going to be using your bandana as a headband, consider cutting a smaller piece of fabric--around 24 inches x 24 inches. Be sure to leave one inch on each side for a hem.

  • Cut your fabric along the line you drew, so that the length and width are ideal for the purpose of your bandana.

  • Fold the edge of the fabric in half an inch, and again by half an inch on all sides. To hold the folds together, pin the fabric one quarter inch from the edge.

  • Stitch a hem in the fabric along the line of pins. When done stitching, knot your thread so that it stays in place. You have now completed your homemade bandana.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more pins you use to hold your bandana's fold, the easier it will be to stitch the hem.
  • In some areas, gangs use bandanas as a distinguishing characteristic for their members.

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