DIY Bandanna


A bandanna, or bandana, is an understated functional fashion accessory. It can be worn on the head to keep your hair from your face. It can be wrapped around your head to protect your head from sun exposure. It will collect sweat drips, preventing the moisture from running down your face. It can be used as a hankie and kept in your pocket. Some people can even use them as belts or neckerchiefs. These typically cost under a dollar, unless you want one that is customized. But you can make your own quickly using whatever fabric you want and for very little money.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Pinking or regular scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Disappearing ink marking pen
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Purchase cotton fabric. Buying 100 percent cotton is best.

  • Determine what size bandanna you want. Hankie sizes are 14-by-14 inches. Child size is 18-by-18 inches. Standard size is 22-by-22 inches. Oversized bandanas can be any size, but the industry standard is 27-by-27 inches.

  • Measure and mark your fabric with a disappearing ink pen. This can be found at all fabric and craft stores.

  • Cut along the edge with pinking shears for a zigzag edge. Using pinking shears will prevent the edges from fraying. If you prefer a cleaner straight edge, skip this step and move on to Step 5. Otherwise, you are finished.

  • Measure and mark an inch larger than your original marking. This is your hem allowance.

  • Cut the fabric on the new hem line with regular scissors.

  • Place the fabric pattern side down.

  • Fold one edge over 1/2 inch and iron it down. Use medium heat with no steam.

  • Fold it over again, another 1/2 inch and iron flat again.

  • Do this until all edges are double folded and pressed.

  • Sew the edges to finish.

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