Bandana Repurpose

Bandana Repurpose

Here in Utah, we celebrate our pioneer heritage with Pioneer Day on July 24th. Honestly, it is akin to a second 4th of July with parades, BBQs and fireworks. Of course this also means big gatherings and an excuse to make something super cute! I've got a few ideas for you to repurpose bandanas that can be used for more than just Pioneer Day.  

Bandana Bow Wreath

How cute are these bows! I think they would be great as hairbows, but also so dang cute on this wreath ring!

Materials needed:

  • 3 bandanas
  • Craft Wreath Ring 
  • Embellishments
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon/lace for tie
  • Clear rubber bands or hair ties

Step 1: Iron the bandanas, then lay one right side down on the table on a diagonal. Clip off about 3" - 4" of the bottom corner.


Step 2: Fold the top corner about 3" - 4" down and then fold again and again until it reaches the middle. Do the same for the bottom and then fold in half.


Step 3: Fold the bandana into thirds, angling the ends to create a basic bow shape. Then flip over and, starting at the top center, pinch about every inch until the bow and ends are scrunched up. Next, secure with a clear hair tie.


Step 4: Cut a rectangle from the clipped corner. Fold the long sides in and then tie around the center of the bow to cover the hair tie. I also tucked it into the hair tie a bit.

Step 5: Repeat for remaining bandanas.

Step 6: Layout the wreath and then glue everything to the wreath ring with a glue gun. Then tie a ribbon or piece of lace on the top to hang the wreath.

Bandana Seat Cushions

Not only would these be cute around a picnic table, but they are portable for the rodeo or ball game!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 bandanas
  • **Basic Sewing Tools: Scissors, Pins, Sewing Machine, Iron, Thread, etc.
  •  16" Pillow Form
  • Small clear rubber bands or hair ties

**Sewing isn't completely necessary. This could be accomplished with a glue gun or fusible hemming.

Step 1: Iron any creases from the bandanas. Mark about 8" in from each corner on three sides of each bandana. Sew or glue this small area together right next to the hem on all three sides, leaving one side open.

Step 2: Insert the pillow in between the bandanas. Gather each corner and secure with a hair tie. Fluff up and adjust as needed.


Bandana Tablecloth

This is pretty simple and you do not have to be a perfect sewist to get a great result.

Materials Needed:

  • 9 Bandanas, preferably polyester, but cotton can work too
  • Basic Sewing Tools: Scissors, Pins, Sewing Machine, Iron, Thread, etc

Step 1: Iron the creases out of the bandanas and look for areas that may have been sewn poorly.

Step 2: Cut each bandana to a 20" square being careful to remove any weird gathers from the manufactured rolled hems.


Step 3: Layout your bandanas how you want them to be sewn and then sew them together. 

Step 4: Finish the edges to prevent fraying.

  • For cotton bandanas, create a rolled hem around the edges.
  • For polyester bandanas, use a lighter to melt the edges, taking care not to light anything on fire of course. 


And that's it! I hope you have all kinds of fun repurposing bandanas for summer decor!

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