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How To Make A Bandana

Bandanas are flexible and elegant accessories that can be used in a variety of ways. It can be tied over your head as a way to hold your hair in place, display the love you have for something, or make a fashion declaration. If you need to you could use it to blow out your nose, use it as the mask you use to clean sweat from your face, stop sunburns, or wrap the wound. It is even possible to quickly make one using almost any kind of material. With a few minutes, you can have a distinctive bandana of your very own.

The standard size of a Bandana

The size can range from 18 “square However, I feel the size would be better suited to a young child.

The 22″ Bandana is the one I’d like for myself. Most of the ones you can find in retail shops are between 22 and 27 inches squares.

The bandanas with 27 inches are typically known as Jumbo.



What’s the form of the shape of a bandana? Every bandana is rectangular. They might appear to be oblong or triangular however it’s just the way they’re folded. It’s a good thing that they are easy to design!


Bandanas are available in a variety of dimensions, however, a common adult’s size can be 22 inches (56cm). The larger ones are usually 27,8 inches (68.5) as well as child-sized ones have a length of 18 inches (46cm). If you are smaller than this, it won’t be able to fit on a head or neck and can be considered a Hanky.

Best Fabrics for BANDANAS

Fabrics made of light cotton are ideal for bandanas. It is important to be able to scrunch to roll, tie and wrap the fabric. Thicker fabric works best for this. Natural or organic fibers can let you breathe without causing you to sweat, which is crucial when you’re applying it to the neck or forehead. Make sure it is smooth to the touch and is not scrubbing.

Somewhere in the process someplace, somebody decided that bandanas must be created using paisley-patterned fabrics. It is possible to make them using any design or color that you like, but be aware that in certain cities, certain colors are associated with gangs or sporting groups. I’m fortunate to be in a place where I’m not required to worry about it, however, there are some cities where you won’t.

Make your personal Bandana

My family will be traveling by backpack. This will be the first time that the four of us my husband and me as well as our daughters, ages 7 and 4 are going for an overnight backpacking adventure with each other. Our husband Eric has compiled a complete list of things I’d have to take (he takes charge of our daughter’s backpacks. Rad person, right? ).

The first item on the list was an embroidered bandana. It’s been quite a while since I’ve worn a bandana, however, I can remember how helpful they proved to be in the past when I went on backpacking trips. Bandanas can serve as sweat catcher scarves and headbands, masks for the face as well as pot holders to shield the sun off your neck and face as well as to secure the tourniquet. Their uses are limitless. They’re just not my thing but I’m not sure I’m planning to purchase the bandana from Amazon given that I already have many fabrics and a sewing device.

Getting started…

I picked up a half yard of fabric, which is just over 18” in height. If you’ve got a larger neck than I (that’s me in the photo) or you want to make a more substantial scarf, you can make sure you grab a third of a yard.

I cut the 18” by 18-inch square. You can also size it up for a more substantial completed piece. Once you’ve cut out the piece, fold it into a square and then test it unhemmed. Do you feel it fits to your neck? Around your head? If you’d like it to be large enough to be able to form a tourniquet in your thigh?

The most important step

This is the crucial step. Make sure you press and starch the sucker in particular around the rough edges.

It is possible to make your hems in any size or shape you’d prefer. I prefer bandanas with tiny edges, so I made my hems even smaller than 1/4″ by pressing and starching throughout. After that, I doubled it to press and starch.

Begin with pinning

Done! You might want to pin the newly begun hems, but I’m guessing that if you’ve applied enough starch remain put as sewing.

Choose your favorite thread. In this case, I chose a dark matching purple, however, once it was done, I thought I’d picked the more light purple for interesting visual contrast. It’s a matter of living and learning.

If you intend to apply the decorative stitch, make sure that you have enough thread on the Bobbin.

I tried out this design stitch using a different item of fabric before I tried it on a separate. I wanted a design that looked nice and also keep my hem neat and straight.


Begin sewing the square. This is probably the most straightforward step after the prep tasks to make it.

If you’ve got a slender edge, you can use the seam ripper tool to pull up the corners as you work.

Admire your creation

What a beauty! You didn’t have to spend a dime on Amazon to purchase this beauty.

Take a look and have fun. Enjoy camping!

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