How to make a pirate bandana

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How to make a pirate bandana
A bandanna is an inexpensive head covering for a pirate costume. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Making a pirate bandanna is an effective way to enhance a pirate costume for a masquerade party. It is also a wise way to cover your scalp if you are having a "bad hair day" or to keep sweat out of your eyes while working outdoors. Bandannas are relatively inexpensive and come in a wide range of colours and prints. To make your own bandanna, use a lightweight fabric, particularly 100 per cent cotton if you are using it as a sweat band.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1/2 yard lightweight fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Coloured marker or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Fabric glue (optional)

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  1. 1

    Lay your lightweight fabric out on a work surface and smooth it out.

  2. 2

    Measure a square that is 24 by 24 inches -- the standard size of a bandanna.

  3. 3

    Mark the square with a pencil or coloured marker depending on the colour of your fabric.

  4. 4

    Cut out the bandanna square.

  5. 5

    Lay the bandanna on your work surface at a diagonal -- with one of the corners facing toward you. Smooth it out with your hands. Position it so the wrong side -- the dull side -- of the fabric is facing up. This allows the right side to be showing once the pirate bandanna is complete.

  6. 6

    Fold over the top corner -- the one facing away from you -- so the tip is near the centre of the fabric. Smooth the fold with your fingers.

  7. 7

    Bend your head forward and place the folded section of the bandanna on your forehead approximately 1 or 2 inches above your eyebrows.

  8. 8

    Tip your head back to allow the bandanna fabric to cover your scalp.

  9. 9

    Tie the corners that are at the side of your head together at the back of your head in a half knot. This leaves you with one corner hanging down the back of your head.

  10. 10

    Secure the corner that is pointing down by tying the knot over it again.

  11. 11

    Adjust the bandanna so the knotted section is to one side of your head if you want to resemble a particularly jaunty pirate.

Tips and warnings

  • Finish the edges of your bandanna with a sewing machine or fabric glue if you like, but typically the unfinished edge is more appropriate to a mischievous pirate look.
  • Many pirate costumes are red and black; therefore, a print containing these colours works well.

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