Bandannas are reminiscent of summertime. They can be used to dip into cool water and wrap around your neck, as an accessory, or even made into a vibrant and cool top for children. Bandannas are traditionally on the smaller side, measuring about 20 inches on each side, and they make a perfect halter-style top for children going to the pool or the beach. With minimal sewing, bandannas can be turned into the perfect summertime shirt.
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Craft lacing or sturdy ribbon
- Safety pin
Turn the iron on using the cotton setting and allow it to heat up for about 5 to 10 minutes. Fold the bandanna in half to make a triangle with the right side of the bandanna facing out. Take one corner and fold it to meet the corner diagonally across from it.
Fold down the top corner of the triangle about 3 to 5 inches to create a short, flat line on the folded bandanna parallel to the bottom fold from Step 1. Press the folds from Steps 1 and 2 with the iron.
Sew a 1/2 inch in towards the centre on top of both folds using a sewing machine. This stitch will create a small tube or casing on the two folds of the bandanna.
Cut two pieces of craft lacing or sturdy ribbon measuring about 24 inches each. These lengths can change depending on the size of the child who will wear the top.
Attach a safety pin to one end of a piece of cut ribbon. Push the safety pin through the casing on the long bottom side of the bandanna top until the ribbon reaches the opposite opening. Remove the safety pin. Attach the safety pin to one end of the other ribbon and push the pin and ribbon through the top casing until the ribbon runs through the entire casing. Remove the safety pin.
Tie the bandanna top on the child by placing the long side of the bandanna around the midsection and tying the lace into place on the child's back. Tie the top ribbon on the shorter side of the bandanna behind the child's neck.
Tips and warnings
- Measure the height and width of the child before designing a bandanna top to ensure her torso will be sufficiently covered by the bandanna.
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