By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”.
A good friend made me a bandana skirt a few years ago, and it still remains one of my favorite pieces. Call me Bohemian or whatever,but I love it in the summer or over jeans in the winter. It brings color and life to my wardrobe. Now, to be fair, while this bandana skirt is cute and easy to make, the one made for me was far and away better, but I decided it wouldn’t be prudent to steal her design! Instead, let this be the start of your bandana experimentation.
- 4 bandanas: I used 2 different colors for the sides (green & orange) and 2 matching colors (navy) for the front & back.
- Ruler/Measuring tape
- ½” non-roll elastic
- Safety pin
*Note: this skirt is probably suited for a medium/large size 8-12 and about knee length. If you want a smaller size or shorter skirt, make sure you read the right measurement before cutting your fabric.
1. Take the 2 bandanas you have chosen for your center front/back and cut 11″ x the full length of the bandana from each of them.
*Small size: 9 ½” x full length of each bandana
**Shorter skirt: 11″ (med/large) or 9 ½ (sm) x the finished length (your preference) + 1 ½”
2. With the bandanas you have chosen for the sides, measure 8″ in from the edges and cut the full length. You will need two 8″ x full length pieces from each bandana, so a total of 4 pieces. *Small size: 7 x full length—cut 2 from each color of side pieces, so a total of 4 pieces.
**Shorter skirt: : 11″ (med/large) or 9 ½” (sm) x the finished length (your preference) + 1 ½”
3. For front panel: With right sides together, placethe side pieces on the center piece with raw edges lined up. (See photo below.) Pin in place.
4. Sew 3/8″ seam along pinned edges. Zig-zag or serge raw edges.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 to make the back panel.
6. With right sides together, line up the front and back panels & pin sides together. Sew 3/8″ seam along the sides.
7. Make the elastic casing: Along top of skirt, with wrong sides together, press 1″ down. Sew a seam around the edge, leaving about 2″ open to thread the elastic through.
**For shorter skirt: because you aren’t using the premade finished edge of the bandana, you will need to press the raw edge of the top of the skirt ½” before pressing another 1″ down. This way you can finish your own edge.
8. Cut your elastic: measure your waist and subtract 4″. Attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic, and thread it through the casing. Sew the elastic together so it will stay. Sew the 2″ opening closed.
9. And the glory of using bandanas? Your hem is done! Whoohoo!
Enjoy your absolutely adorable skirt!