Bandana: New Uses for an Old Favorite

Gail Leino

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Once found only in the pockets of farmers and workers, in classic red or blue bandana print, bandanas are now available in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and patterns, and they are no longer only found in pockets! From cute outfits for little girls, to home decor, these simple squares are only limited by the imagination.

To make a cute outfit for girls, you will need the following:

  • 4 bandanas (normally matching, but different colors of coordinating prints can be cute too)

  • Matching thread

  • ½ inch elastic for the waist

    Simply put the bandanas together, wrong sides out. The first, you will measure an appropriately large opening for the neck and arms of the garment, and pin accordingly. Since the edges are finished already, simply sew the shoulders and sides, and you have a bandana shirt. Put two more bandanas together, wrong sides out, turn down 3/4 inch all around the top, stitch together, leaving the last inch open. Measure elastic to fit your child’s waist, being sure to make it fit snugly, but not too tight, cut ½ inch longer than your measurement, fasten a large safety pin to one end of the elastic, thread it through the opening, sew the ends of the elastic together, and finish closing the opening you left to thread the elastic through, and you have a cute bandana skirt to go with your bandana top!

    For a great accessory to the bandana outfit, you will need:

  • Fabric tennis shoes (usually white, but whatever color goes with your outfit will be fine. )

  • Ok to wash it glue

  • Fabric paint pens

  • Bandana

    From the bandana cut hearts, triangles, squares, or cut pieces to fit certain areas of the shoes. Thinly cover the back of the bandana with fabric glue, apply to whatever space looks good to you (you can even overlap them) and allow the glue to dry. Once the glue has dried, traces any raw, unfinished edges with the fabric paint. These will hold up for a long time, as long as you don’t dry them in your dryer.

    Mrs. Party. . . Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies ( ), using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. The Party Supplies Hut has a huge selection of free party games, coloring pages, word find, word scramble, printable baby and bridal shower activities. A huge variety of inexpensive costume party hats featuring Derby Hats, Top Hats, Skimmer Hats, Daddy Hats, Funky Fur Hats, Pirate Scarves, Jester Hats, Newsboy Hats, Boa Hats, Rasta Hats, Crown Hats, Stovepipe Hats and Jester hats. Fun colorful bandanas in many styles and colors including red, blue, green, black and white. Plus, party masks, sunglasses, and wigs.

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