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Bandana Top Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Bandana Top Tutorial

Bandana Top Tutorial

A friend has asked for a bandana top forever and I finally had the chance to make it. I happened to have these two bandanas and thought the combination would be fun. Luckily she liked the idea too and now I get to share it with you.

I am sorry about some of the pictures. I’m not sure what went wrong but a few turned out a little blurry. I promise I’m working on it.

Materials:

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

2 bandanas
Ribbon – the final length after cutting is 46″
Basic sewing supplies.

Step 1
I marked 4″ in and 8″ down. This will depend on the size of the person wearing the top. I found the measurements by measuring the length from collar-bone to under arm 8″ and divided by 2 for the top measurement.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Once I drew the line I decided to add an inch making it 5″ and 9″. I wanted to be sure there would be enough space under the arm.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 2
Cut both bandanas with the same measurements.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 3
Find the center point on the back bandana and cut 5″ to 10″ Down from the top. I choose 6″ because I liked the look of a smaller opening.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 4
Iron
I used the ribbon to decide where to fold the top seam down. You want to make sure that the ribbon will thread through easily once sewn.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

When Ironing the sides I folded the fabric under twice to have a clean edge once sewn.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 5
Sew all the edges down. I used a hem zigzag stitch because I liked the pattern and it helped the edges to lay flat.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 6
Line up the sides. I did not pin but you can if you want.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 7
Sew the sides. I used the same stitch as the edges and then a straight stitch to add strength to the seams.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 8
Thread the ribbon starting in the center back.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 9
Trim and seal the edges of the ribbon. To seal the edges and prevent fraying run the edges through a flame. Check out the pacifier clip tutorial for photos of sealing ribbon.
Tie your bow and you are done.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Wishing you Luck and Love,

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Shirred Bandana Top Dress

Shirred Bandana Top Dress

I love this new Shirred Bandana Top/Dress I made for the Kiddo to wear at the pool this summer. The best thing is so does she.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Materials:
2 bandanas or scarfs depending on the length you want.
Elastic thread
matching top thread.
Basic sewing supplies
Make sure not to stretch the elastic thread as you wind the bobbin. (Bobbin winding tutorial here)

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Step 1:
Layer the bandanas right sides together and pin the sides if needed. I don’t usually pin I just eyeball the edges as I sew and make adjustments as needed.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Step 2:
Sew the sides using a straight stitch.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Remember to back-stitch

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Turn right side out. You can iron at this point to make the seams crisp. I didn’t because it wasn’t necessary.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Step 3:
Decide on your shirring placement. I chose an inch down from the top. I like the ruffle at the top of the shirring. I drew a line with a chalk wheel. (My new favorite marking tool) I like to make the first line and them use the machine foot as a guide for the rest.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Do the same with the back of the dress. Remember that bandanas are notoriously unevenly printed and sewn. The good thing is that the shirring covers it up.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Step 4:
Load the bobbin with the elastic thread and the top thread. Set at the longest stitch and your normal stitching tension.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Follow the line all the way around the top. don’t forget to back-stitch.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

If your base is removable take it off. The fabric rotation is easier with the small base. I have shirred both ways and a smaller base is easier.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Remember to tie off and trim the starter thread.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

There are two ways to shirr in rows. You can make each individual line and tie off each line at the end and start a new row. Or you can do what I did and make a continuous spiral.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

When you reach the end of the first row complete the row and then angle the line until you have your desired width. Remember to keep the fabric stretched flat as you sew. Do not pull the fabric through the stitching just make sure the fabric is flat and pulled taut. The feed dogs are still doing the work.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

For the remaining rows just follow the line.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

I used 3 bobbins of thread for this project. When you reach the end of the bobbin tie off the row.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Pull the top thread to the underside of the top. Tie the elastic thread and top thread in a knot a few times and trim the excess.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Stitch as many rows as needed.

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

 

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

When you reach the last row stitch a full circle and back-stitch. (I tied off as well.)

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Now you are ready to try on the top/dress. If it is not quite stretchy enough just lightly iron it with steam. It should scrunch right up.

 

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Front

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

Back

Shirred Bandana Top/Dress tutorial from H&P Artistry

 

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