Sooooooo… I’ve been wanting to make one of these for ages. My very favorite one has a lot of holes in it, so I took it apart and figured the whole thing out – and it’s really quite easy. So here’s my tutorial for an awesome no-tie bandana… for bad hair days! 😉
You will need:
- 2 pieces of woven fabric, thinner fabric works best (I prefer thin cotton)
- 38 x 34 cm and 31 x 9 cm
- 1 piece of wide (2,5 cm) elastic, 20 cm long
- a sewing machine and thread
- some pins and
- about 30 minutes of your time.
How it’s done:
- Cut the fabric into the right size. I like to do this with a cutting mat and rotary cutter.
Seam allowance of 1 cm per side is included in the measurements. This size fits my head well, but you might want to hold off on cutting the elastic until after step 6 so that you can adjust it to your size.
- Fold the smaller piece of fabric in half lengthwise (right sides in) and sew along the outer edge.
- Turn the tube you just sewed so the right sides are out (a bit fiddly). Next, slip the elastic into the tube and bunch up the fabric in the middle so that the elastic sticks out on either end (even more fiddly, especially if you’ve already cut your elastic to the required length).
Attach ends of fabric to the elastic with a pin so that the elastic sticks out about 1 inch on either end.
- Grab the larger piece of fabric. Hem both of the longer sides by folding them inward twice and sewing along the folds. Don’t make the hem too wide.
- Set your stitch length to the longest your machine will do. Sew along the short ends of the fabric without locking the ends. I like to do this with two different colors of thread (top and bottom). Grab one of the threads of the seam you just sewed and pull gently. The fabric should start bunching up. Pull (the same thread!) from the other side, too. Do this until your piece of fabric is as bunched up as you can get it.
Careful, though! Do it gently or the thread will tear!
- Attach one end of the bunched up fabric to one end of the elastic. Keep it bunched up as much as possible so that the fabric will fit onto the elastic. Sew over it 2 or 3 times with a straight seam, then add some zigzag.
- Do the same with the other end of the fabric and elastic. Cut off all the loose threads.
- Take out the pin and fold the end of the “tube” inward.
Then, slide it onto the bunched up fabric so that the elastic and seams are completely covered. Sew over the end of the tube 2 or 3 times.
- Repeat on the other side and you’re done!