Bandana dresses are growing in popularity for toddlers. The distinct style and simple construction of the dresses means anyone with basic sewing skills can create one. These dresses need only a few supplies to create, making them affordable. When the dress gets too short for her to wear by itself, pair it with shorts or leggings as a fun top. These typically warm-weather dresses work in the winter by placing them over a long-sleeved shirt and leggings, making them a versatile piece of clothing for toddlers.
1 Place two bandanas one on top of the other. The right sides of the bandanas should be together for the sewing portion.
2 Measure the width of the ribbon you selected for the straps of the dress. Add 6 inches to that measurement to leave room for both the ribbon and the armholes. For example, if your ribbon is 1 inch wide, your total is 7 inches. Use that number and measure down from the top of the bandana to that point. In this example, you would measure down 7 inches from the top. Place a straight pin at that point. This marks where to stop sewing. Repeat on the other side of the bandanas.
3 Place straight pins along both sides of the dress, starting at the point marked and going down to the bottom of the bandanas.
4 Use a sewing machine to stitch together the two bandanas. Begin at the bottom and sew up to the last straight pin that you originally placed. In the previous example, it was 7 inches from the top. Once you reach the stopping point, back-stitch with the machine. Repeat this process on the other side of the dress.
5 Measure down from the top of the dress the width of the ribbon. Using the previous example, that was 1 inch. Fold the top of the closest bandana that width. Use an iron to press down the bandana to make a crease. Pin the fold down, making sure to only go through the top bandana. Turn the dress over and repeat the process with the other bandana.
6 Sew across the top of the bandana along the bottom of the crease to create the casing for the ribbon. Sew only one bandana at a time so both the front and the back have individual casings and aren't sewn together.
7 Cut two pieces of ribbon, each about 40 inches long. Use an anti-fray spray at the ends to prevent the ribbon from unraveling.
8 Turn the bandana dress right side out now that all of the sewing is complete. Thread each piece of ribbon through one of the casings you created. A safety pin attached to the end of it makes the task easier. Tie the ribbons together to make the straps for the dress.
Items you will need
- Two bandanas
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Anti-fray spray