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How To Make A Bandana

How To Make A Bandana

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Learn how to make a bandana for kids - an easy sewing project for beginners! This bandana is fast and easy to make, and will keep hair and sweat out of happy faces this summer.

We spend lots of time outside year-round and protecting all of our skin from the sun can be exhausting. As we come into the summer season, I usually try to do a combination of sunscreen and skin covering. I have a tutorial for how to make bandana – kids and adults sizes – that I’m sharing thanks to Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen®, which will leave us totally covered for all of our family hikes!

I always check skincare things on the EWG site and love that this brand gets the best rating! Blue Lizard® uses a zinc oxide formulation and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF30+), but is surprisingly easy to rub in. Several of the zinc-based brands we have tried in the past have left us looking like ghosts!

My kids got a kick out of the bottle; it changes colors when exposed to UV light, as a reminder to apply some! Easily found at Walmart (see the bottom of the post for an in-store photo and a special offer), we bought the Baby formula for my kids. My kids are older, but remember that parents should consult with their pediatrician before using any sunscreen on a child younger than 6 months

My daughter opted to wear her dinosaur bandana over her ears; you can also roll them and tie them like a headband, or drench it in cold water and wrap it around their necks!

Be sure to use a lighter weight cotton or drapey woven, it’s not designed for stretchy fabrics and heavier weights would be too bulky.

With fine hair, I appreciate that bandanas protect sensitive scalps. I think having the part of your hair sunburned is probably one of the most painful places!

Summer hiking essentials, assembled!

Ready to make your own?

How To Make A Bandana

Supplies

  • Iron
  • 1/2 yard of quilting cotton or voile (thicker fabrics like denim, canvas, home dec weight cotton will not work, they are too bulky!)
  • Pins or clips

Steps

1- For KIDS, cut your fabric into a 18″ square (this fit both my 2 & 4 year old). FOR ADULTS, cut your fabric into a 24″ square. Use your iron to press a 1/4″ hem, and then press another 1/4″ up, repeat on all sides.

2- Use clips to secure the hem – you can see how the corners work here. There are fancier methods for mitered corners but this is fast and easy.

3- Sew along all of the edges, securing the hem. Iron all the hems and you’re done!

Pin this tutorial for how to make a bandana for later, here:

Learn how to make a bandana for kids - an easy sewing project for beginners! This bandana is fast and easy to make, and will keep hair and sweat out of happy faces this summer.

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[…] In addition to my sweet tooth, outdoorsiness, and love of reading, I inherited high-maintenance eyeballs from my family. In an effort to protect our vision, we are strict about wearing sunglasses outside, even for the kids. Many of my mornings start with eye drops after not getting enough sleep – and I always have them in my backpack for when we go hiking! In an effort to keep my sunglasses and eye drops near, I sewed a sunglasses case with a secret pocket! I am planning on making a matching set with my tutorial for how to make a bandana. […]

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