How to Make a Shirt Out of a Bandana

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Turn a regular bandana into a creative club top.
Turn a regular bandana into a creative club top. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Use a new bandana, or an old one you have around the house, to make a fashionable summertime top that can be worn underneath a blazer, jean jacket or on its own at a nightclub. Bandana shirts are so easy to make that even a person with little sewing experience can make a brand new shirt in less than an hour. Get comfortable with making the shirts for your own wardrobe, and then consider making some as gifts for friends and family for a summertime birthday or other special event.

Things You'll Need

  • 20-to-24-inch bandana
  • Pillowcase
  • Iron
  • 3/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Sewing pins
  • Needle (or sewing machine)
  • Thread
  • Elastic

Halter Top

Unfold a bandana and lay it on a flat surface over the top of a pillowcase, with the wrong side facing upward. Iron out any wrinkles from the bandana. Fold one of the corners inward approximately 6 inches. Use an iron to create a sharp crease along the fold line.

Cut a 24-inch-long piece of 3/4-inch ribbon. Open up the folded fabric and place the ribbon along the crease line. Fold the fabric back over and pin the fabric in place.

Sew the crease in place by hand using a small straight stitch, or use a sewing machine. The stitch line should be above the ribbon -- be careful not to sew through the ribbon. The ribbon should move freely within the crease. Cut off the excess fabric beyond the seam line from the 6-inch folded flap.

Fold the opposite corner over approximately 10 inches. Iron a crease into the fold and sew the crease in place with a straight stitch. Cut off the excess fabric from the 10 inches below the sewn crease.

Try on the bandana top. Tie the ribbon around your neck and tie the ends of the bandana around your back.

Strapless Bandana Top

Unfold a bandana and place it on a flat surface with the wrong side facing upward. Iron out the wrinkles.

Fold the bandana in half and use an iron to create a crease along the fold line.

Open the fabric and insert a length of elastic equal to the length of the fabric. Pin the elastic in place, stretching it out slightly as you insert the pins so that the elastic will gather the fabric a little bit when the shirt is finished.

Sew the elastic in place using a straight stitch by hand or with the sewing machine. Cut off any excess elastic and sew the edges of the fabric to hide the ends of the elastic.

Try on the top. Place the folded crease just above the bust line and tie the ends of the bandana in place behind your back. The elastic band at the top will help to keep the top in place.

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