Friday, July 10, 2015

Bandana Bows - Tutorial

 It's that time of year when you just need a little something to tuck your hair away from your face.

I love all the "Rosie, The Riveter" options girls are wearing this Summer!

For mine, bandanas seemed like a great option!  Hobby Lobby had 22'" x 22" bandanas for 99 cents each!  Score!

Each one received a quick press with the iron.  Next it was folded in half to make a triangle, then folded in half again, still making a triangle.  Notice there is writing on one corner of the bandana?  You can see it in the lower right corner of the photo.  I stayed away from any writing or flaws I didn't like.

I used my self healing grid and straight edge to cut a four inch strip, (two inches on each side of the fold) the length of the bandana.  The cool thing about sewing your own is choosing just how wide or narrow you want yours!

With right sides facing, the long edge was sewn with a straight stitch and then finished with a zig zag.  (The lucky ducks with sergers might prefer serging, but I don't have one.)  Leave the ends open.  The tips of the bandana are already hemmed, so no need for finishing those!  Bonus!

Take the long tube you've created, turn it right side out, and press.  I like to use a wooden ruler to help me keep the seam straight. 
That's it!  We're finished!

Here we are at a ballgame on Independence Day!  It was a fun evening of baseball and fireworks with some sweet friends of ours!
And a close up of the same photo so you can see my cool bandana bow!  ;-)  It is perfect for keeping my curls out of my eyes!  Sometimes I wear it with the bow visible.  Other times, I tuck the bow under my hair at my neck and it just looks like a fabric headband.
Two for one!  ;-)
You can see I chose traditional bandana prints in red and white, but also wanted some polka dots!  Who can resist a little leopard?  Not me!  These have become my "go to" hair accessory for the Summer!
 How would you wear them?
 ;-)  -Marci


  1. These are fabulous, Marci! I have been growing my hair out and these would be perfect for keeping it out of my face. Thanks for sharing! Hugs

  2. I just made my granddaughter a little bandana top and had some fabric left over. Now I know what to do with it! She'll love it. Please come over and share with us at the Merry Monday party!

  3. These look great...and easy to make!! Love your pic, too!

  4. These are so cute and easy to make. I like to travel with the cars windows open but don't like hair blowing in my face - this could be the answer. Stopping by from Strangers and Pilgrims.

  5. Ooh, those are really cute, Marci! I love bandanas but there is always too much bulk for me to wear them. Saw this on Back to Basics!
    Kristi@Stone Family Farmstead

  6. I love your Bandana Bows and my girls will love them also. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. These are fantastic. They look so cute, too! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday:-)

  8. These are really cute! Thanks for partying with us at Idea Box!


  9. What a fun casual look! This sounds so encouraging! Can't wait to read more.Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  10. These are cute! I have a ton of bandanas. Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

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