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How To Make A Bandana Blouse

Bandana blouses are so easy to make, and bandanas come in a vast array of colors and designs, so every blouse can be different.  The step by step instructions are easy to follow, and the regular 18″ – 22″ bandanas will make tops for girls ages approximately 4 – 8 years old.










Place two matching bandana handkerchiefs together, with right sides together.  Measure and pin the sides 14″ up from the bottom, as shown (this is for the side seams).  The remaining distance from the 14″ to the top is for the armholes.   Next measure IN from each top side 4 – 5 1/2″ for the shoulder seams.  The opening at the top is for the head, so depending on the age of the child, you might want to do the shoulder measurement and pin with safety pins, rather than straight pins, so you can try the top on to be sure it fits over the head before doing the shoulder seams.  Sew the side seams and shoulder seams.  Turn right side out, and presto! A quick and easy bandana top.









Of course they’re gonna be a loose fitting top because you’re working with square bandanas.  The great thing is that you don’t have to worry about facings or hems because the bandanas have the tiny rolled hems when you start.

Here you can see the finished product!! Aren’t they just the cutest things ever (blouses AND little girls!)

















I will have to say that the little girls are very small and petite, so the “blouses” are actually little “bandana dresses” on them!  There you go — bandana DRESSES — another concept and item to make!

Oriental Trading has a super variety of bandana prints from the normal blue / red to tie-dyes and other designs.  You could make blouses and dresses for every little girl you know, or for craft bazzars, craft fairs etc.

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