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This Bandana Skirt is Easy to Make (Little Girls)

Learn how to make a bandana skirt for an adorable little girl’s outfit! So easy, even a beginning seamstress can sew it.

Skills Required: Beginner. You should have a basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine to try this project.

How to Sew a Bandana Skirt Tutorial

Hi, this is Jessica from Cutesy Crafts, here to show you how I made this super easy bandana skirt for my daughter’s 4th of July outfit. I’m seriously loving the bandana trend for 4th of July!

The great thing about bandanas is that they are are already hemmed, which make them perfect for skirt-making. And, if I can add lace to anything, I will. I love the frilly, feminine touch that the lace adds to this skirt!

4th of July Little Girls Outfit with a Bandana Skirt

Bandana Skirt

To make this bandana girls skirt, you will need:

  • Bandana
  • Elastic, 1/2-inch wide (one inch longer than the child’s waist measurement)
  • Eyelet lace trim – 1 1/2 yards
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin (for threading elastic)
  • Scissors

Let’s get started!

Fold your bandana in half and cut along the fold to get two equal pieces.

Cut a bandana in half with a pair of scissors

Put the bandana pieces right sides together, with the cut edges on the top. Pin and sew a 1/4″ seam down both sides.

Two halves of a bandana pinned around the edges with straight pins

Fold the cut edge over 1/4″ and press it with an iron. Fold it again about 3/4″ and press again. This will be the casing for your elastic.

Fold the cut edge and press

Sew around the top of the skirt, close to the bottom of the fold. Leave an opening a couple of inches wide to thread your elastic through later.

Sew the cut edge down

With your skirt still inside out, pin and sew the eyelet lace trim to the bottom.

Pinned lace on the edge of a DIY girls skirt

When you get to the ends, trim and fold the raw edges under.

Sewn lace on the edge of a girls fourth of july skirt

Put a safety pin through one end of the elastic and use it to help you thread the elastic through the casing. Sew the ends together with your sewing machine and then sew the opening closed.

Thread elastic through the cuff of a girls skirt

Turn it right-side-out, and you’re done! To complete the outfit, I appliquéd a star, cut out of blue bandana fabric, onto a white shirt.

Just iron some Wonder Under or thin interfacing onto the back of the bandana, cut out the star, iron it to the shirt, and sew around it. Standard appliqué process. So cute, right?!

How to sew a girls skirt from a bandana

Yield: 1 skirt

Bandana Skirt

How to sew a girls skirt from a bandana

Learn how to make a bandana skirt in a few simple steps! This cute sewing project is easier than you think.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Bandana
  • Elastic, 1/2-inch wide
  • Eyelet lace trim - 1 1/2 yards
  • Thread

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold your bandana in half and cut along the fold to get two equal pieces.Cut a bandana in half with a pair of scissors
  2. Put the bandana pieces right sides together, with the cut edges on the top. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam down both sides.Two halves of a bandana pinned around the edges with straight pins
  3. Fold the cut edge over 1/4" and press it with an iron. Fold it again about 3/4" and press again. This will be the casing for your elastic.Fold the cut edge and press
  4. Sew around the top of the skirt, close to the bottom of the fold. Leave an opening a couple of inches wide to thread your elastic through later.Sew the cut edge down
  5. With your skirt still inside out, pin and sew the eyelet lace trim to the bottom.Pinned lace on the edge of a DIY girls skirt
  6. When you get to the ends, trim and fold the raw edges under.Sewn lace on the edge of a girls fourth of july skirt
  7. Put a safety pin through one end of the elastic and use it to help you thread the elastic through the casing. Sew the ends together with your sewing machine and then sew the opening closed.Thread elastic through the cuff of a girls skirt
  8. Turn the skirt right side out to finish.How to sew a girls skirt from a bandana

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Edna Wiltcher

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

What size would this skirt be? I have a 2 y/of and a 1 y/of. Would this fit them?

Amy

Monday 27th of August 2018

Hi Edna! Sorry for the delay - here's the answer from the author: "The skirt can be made to fit lots of different sizes, it will just get too short for older kids. You cut the elastic to be the size of your child, so a smaller waist will mean a more gathered skirt, and a bigger waist will mean less gathering. I think it would be great for a 1 and 2 year old. If you find that it's too long (especially on the baby), you can trim some off the top after cutting it in half. If you want the gathers to be less, you can always trim some off the sides as well. Hope that makes sense!"

GG'sewing

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

I am just starting my sewing for granddaughter 2yr old all hand sewing no machine. Thank you for this easy to do pattern.This will get me off to a wonderful start!

Glory/ Glorious Treats

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Super cute!!

Kelley

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

That is so adorable, my daughter might need one! :) Pinning!