Quick, Easy, and Adorable DIY Bandana Dress

June 11, 2013 29 Comments

Every year we go to a big 4th of July party that our friends host. I wanted something other than the cheap 4th of July shirts you can buy everywhere for my girls to wear to the party. I decided to make them red & blue bandana dresses. These are super easy to make. I made 2 in under 30 minutes {with 2 little girls trying to help me!}. They are inexpensive, under $4/dress and turn out really cute. I am not a good seamstress and get frustrated when I sew and I didn’t have a problem making these. So break out your sewing machine {and dust if off} to make a cute dress.

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Here’s what you need: I got it all at Hobby Lobby

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2 Bandanas in the color of your choice {99 cents each}

Coordinating ribbon {you need about 2 yards per dress}

Coordinating thread {you could use white if you want}

big safety pin

Sewing Machine

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First measure out your ribbon, you want it to go about 6 inches over the edge of the bandana. Fold over the top edge.

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I used an iron to press it down because I hate pinning. Make sure you are on the “wrong side” of the bandana.

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Sew across on both pieces close to the top seam of the bandana. Try to sew in a straight line, I don’t always… Do for both bandanas. This makes a tube for you to put the ribbon through.

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Next put two right sides together of the bandana, making sure the pocket is at the top on both bandanas. I measured 6 inches down and pinned it. The pin is where you start sewing. This is for the arm hole. Sew both sides starting  at the pin and going down.

For my 2 year old, I started 5 inches down. If you aren’t’ sure where to place your arm hole, hold the bandana up to your child and mark where the arm hole should go.

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Put your big safety pin on the ribbon

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And feed it through the pocket to the other side.

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Repeat for both pockets.

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I used a match to burn the edges of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray. Gather the top of the dress together.

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Tie each side in a bow and your little girl is ready to wear it!

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Comments

  1. Cute Baby Girl Outfits says:

    Adorable! I like this alternative to the t-shirts. Very cleaver! I mean I LOVE this idea. Little girls are so fun to dress up in cute baby girl outfits.

  2. I have made 6 of these for friends and family. So easy and so cute!

  3. I make these kinds of dresses too! But, I am only 12 years old!

  4. I stitch the ribbon down through the casing to keep it from sliding out. Really cute idea! Making for my granddaughter.

  5. I am going to do it as a shirt for my 6 year old (she is tall for her age) & pair it with shorts. My older daughters play a lot of softball and their team colors are orange and black so I thought an orange bandana shirt with black shorts would be cute.

  6. Waco Bayless says:

    The dresses are cute and so are your girls!

  7. Julie T. says:

    I just made these for my 3 year old and my 9 month old and they turned out very well. The directions above worked out perfectly for my 3 year old and I just put little shorts on her since it does not hang quite long enough. For my 9 month old I made the arm holes 4 1/2″ instead of 6″ and I just made the pocket for the ribbon deeper so that the dress isn’t quite as long and it worked out well. Thank you for the fun idea. I just got all of my supplies at Walmart and paid about $4 for each dress.

  8. DEBRA URBAN says:

    What size ribbon did you use? Does it matter what size you use? I have seen directions that range from using 5/8″ to 1 1/2″ ribbon.

  9. DEBRA URBAN says:

    Does anyone know if there is a way to make these without using a sewing machine? Would that sewing tape work to make the pocket for the ribbon?

    • you could try the sewing tape(I’m thinking of the iron-on hem tape), I’m not sure how long it would hold up over time though…

  10. DEBRA URBAN says:

    I was also afraid that these dresses would be too short for my 3 year old daughter. The bandanas my local Hooby Lobby sells are 22×22. I love the idea of leggings underneath the dress if it is too short except that it is 106 degrees outside so my daughter would bake in the leggings.

    • what about the capri leggings, that go just to the knee, that is what I am getting for my daughter to wear with them.

    • I am going to do it as a shirt for my 6 year old (she is tall for her age) & pair it with shorts. My older daughters play a lot of softball and their team colors are orange and black so I thought an orange bandana shirt with black shorts would be cute.

  11. I ended up making a dress for my daughter with a little less than a yard of fabric I found at michaels and the cutest ribbon with owls on it. It turned out pretty cute. I’m always for simple things since I’m pretty much a novice with sewing. I was in the process of making one out of 2 of my hubby’s old acu blouses and my sewing machine decided it didn’t want to cooperate anymore. But I at least got one done. :)

  12. I also was thinking about what if I bought 3 bandanas ( red, white, and blue) sewed them all together first and then put elastic in them to make a skirt for my dd who is 8 and way too tall for these dresses!

    However… my dear friend has a 6 month old baby and a bandana dress would cover her perfectly!! I already told my friend that I am going to have to practice cute baby/todddler dresses on her baby!

  13. Grandma Karen says:

    The dresses are darling but the little girls wearing them are the cutest ever!!!! Some ladies at church made hundreds of these dresses only we used pillowcases. We sent them to Africa; check out the website “little dresses for Africa” if you would like to help. I like the bandana pattern alot because it is even more simple than the pillowcases. You just get a wide variety in patterns and sizes with pillowcases.

  14. I have been so afraid to even try making something that can be worn…but this is super easy and your directions are great!! Can’t wait to get to Hobby Lobby and try this!! Thanks!

  15. Jolene Mireles says:

    Do they make large bandanas? I just picture the little ones and they would make a tine dress :) I wonder if my girls are too big.

    • my girls are 2 1/2 and almost 5 and they were a good length for them,(I’ll have my older girl wear leggings under hers) you could always make a panel of 2 for the front and 2 for the back to make it longer for older girls. The bandanas are 24×24 inches if that helps.

    • I like the idea of leggings… making it more like a shirt for biggger girls!

      • amae517 says:

        Do you think I could use one bandana for my 9 month old? I’m new to sewing and this seems like a project that I can handle! :-)

  16. how adorable those are! i would also suggest to either wash/dry the bandanas first or handwash/drip dry them always afterward. bandanas used to be notorious for massive shrinking. maybe they make them better now.

  17. CUTE!!!!

  18. Christine says:

    Where can you find Bandana’s in the Boise Meridian area?

    • there is a hobby lobby in meridian. also jo-anne fabric. walmart. fred meyer. target. shopko. they all sell bandanas! :) if you go to a store other than a fabric place they are usually with the purses/hats.

      • I have yet to come across a .99 cent bandana………$1.99 yes..but, not .99……………..still looking…bought some cute ones at WalMart n JoAnne Fabric..all $1.99…………….

    • Dollar store also have them alot of the time.

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