Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bandanna Skirt

Don't you just LOVE her style?
Yeah, this little diva has a fashion sense of her own!  Can't say she got it from me.  I think I'm pretty boring in the fashion department.  I do, however, buy her clothes, so I guess I am somewhat to blame.

Ignore the mismatched outfit... did you see her cute little skirt?
I made that for less than $3, using two bandannas!

This was my inspiration...
at Tidbits

I saw this post, and thought it was just too cute.  So I had to make my own.

I made a couple of changes, finding part of her instructions to be more work then you needed to go to.  That is why I'm adding my own instructions here.
However, please do refer to her tutorial for the full instructions (even though I made some changes, her tutorial really is great).

Materials Needed:
- 2 Bandannas
- Lycra Fabric (a strip about 40" x 6" for your waistband)
- Thread

1)  Fold each bandanna in half, then half again, so it looks like this...

See how I've measured the "middle" corner down about 2 1/2"?  I made my cut there...

When I opened it up, it looked like this.  I then made one cut above my ruler as it rests in the photo above.

2)  Now this part is tricky to describe... In the image above you see that you have four, straight lines in the center of the bandanna making a square, right?  Well, you are going to fold the bandanna so that these edges of the bandanna lay in a straight line for the top of your skirt.

Here I am beginning to fold, by pinching the fold on the bandanna at one corner of the inside square.

As I am pulling that fold up, notice that the lines now above are straight (rather than a 90 degree angle)?  And below, you notice two points.  Do the same with the two other "folds".

And with all four folds laying properly, you will have this.  I put a few pins in each fold to keep everything in place.  I'd even recommend using the iron to give it a nice press to it here too.
Now here is one change I made to the original.
I chose to have the "folds" showing, or on the outside, of my skirt.
If you turn this over, you see this...

I debated.  Did I want to make this the skirt, or the other, with the folds?
I decided to go with the folded side this time.

Decide which you like best, and go with it... the rest of the directions work for either version.

Now follow the same instructions to fold your second bandanna!

3) Lay your bandannas, right-sides together, and pin the sides along your cut edges at the side.

Sew your bandanna's together where you have pinned.

Turn your skirt right-side out and press your new seams at the fold...

Then, using the same technique above, fold your new folds in line with the others on your skirt, and pin.

4) Now your skirt is ready for your waistband to be added.  I'm going to direct you to Cami's directions from here, because I wouldn't change a thing from here on out!  I opted to add elastic to my waistband, but think her version is much nicer.

Another note I'll add, this skirt was a good length for my 4 year old.  I made a second skirt for my 7 year old, and it is a little short.  She just adds leggings underneath.  One thought would be to sew the flap seams down, or add a longer waistband.

Thanks for a great tutorial and a super cute idea Cami!
Hope you all enjoy it!


  1. What a cute skirt! I think my 8 year old would like it. I think leggings would work for the length issue.

  2. Oh my gosh! Why didn't I think of that method! Where were you when I was trying to figure it all out? lol! I love that you figured out a better way to do it. I think that is the biggest benefit of blogging. Sharing our knowledge and coming up with better ways of doing things. It turned out so cute and thank you for letting me know you posted about it. I love it!

  3. That's a cute skirt! Hope to make one for my daughter!

  4. Very cute! Perfect colors for Memorial Day and 4th of July, too!

  5. Wow! This is such a cute and 'fun' skirt...my girls will sure love to 'twist' in them... your tutorial add on make everything perfect..Thanks for the effort! Love PC

  6. This skirt is adorable! I am so going to try this thanks :)

  7. this is SOOOOO DARLING!!! i love it:) love love lvoe

  8. Super cute! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com.

  9. Adorable! Love her sassy style!

  10. This skirt is a hit! I wish my daughter was little again! BUT...I know mamma's and grandmas and early childhood teachers that will be all over this! Come visit my page: learngrowbloom on fb

  11. This is so cute! Can't wait to make one for my lil one! :)

  12. What a great way to use bandanas! And your tutorial is nice and easy to follow too!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 90 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

  13. Very cute! I love how simple and cheap the project is!

  14. Fantastic directions. Very cute model too! Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

  15. OMG she is so cute and sassy! And I love this tutorial by the way... so easy and turns out so amazing! Thanks for linking up to The Little Birdie party! :)

  16. So cute! Love it! Saw you over on Sugar Bee Crafts link up. New follower. :)

    Just started my own link up party over at gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com.

    Would love to have you link up. A giveaway is involved. :)


  17. OH MY HECK! This is darling! I love it! and your tutorial is awesome! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would take a look at my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  18. I Love this Skirt! I have four girls and am going to make some for them! I found you on Sugar Bee Crafts! I would love to have you stop my blog, kjrskitchen.blogspot.com

  19. This is such a cute idea and I love the brown bandana!
    If you don't mind I would love it if you linked up to my weekly upcycled/stashbusting linky pary at http://tinyurl.com/upcycled49

  20. How cute this skirt turned out!!! May be I can try to make one for myself!!!! Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  21. Just thought I wonder if you can use this skirt as a bottom layer to a pair of jeans that you make into a skirt. Kinda an upcycle project.

  22. I love this! I am totally thinking about making one for myself to wear to country swing dancing! To make an adult size, I think you could just cut off one of the corners off a full bandana to get the same shape, and then sew those together. It makes it longer, but you'd still probably need dance shorts or leggings underneath ;)

  23. Thank you so much for for this tutorial! I used it to make my daughter's birthday outfit for her forth birthday. Here is a link to mine: http://pinterest.com/pin/116530709081212277/


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