Ginger Snap Crafts: fab friday {bandana shorts}

fab friday {bandana shorts}

Every summer we have to make bandana shorts!
They are super easy, {cheap!}, comfy, cool & fun to make.
The kiddos can even help out.
{I found a great tutorial here.}
Remember I don't sew!  So if I can make these YOU can, too! :)

All you'll need is two bandanas, {Got mine from Hobby Lobby for less than a dollar! Wahoo!}
a package of 1 inch elastic & the usual sewing supplies:
sewing machine, thread, scissors & needles.
First you'll need to make a pattern.  
Make it about 2 inches wide by 10 inches long.  Make sure it curves at the end.
Fold your bandana in half.  Then cut the pattern out on the side opposite the fold.
Do the same thing for both of your bandanas.

Unfold both of your bandanas.  Lay them down right side together.  Pin them together along the edges.
Now you'll sew the two bandanas together.  Leaving the top & bottom part open.

Open up your bandana's as shown & pin the crotch area together.
Then you'll sew the inseams together.

While the bandanas are still inside out fold down the top of your shorts about 2 inches.
Iron this down flat, then you'll sew around the edge
making sure to leave enough space for the elastic to fit through in a minute.
Don't sew it all the way closed just yet....leave a little gap. :)

Measure the elastic around your child's waste.  You want it to fit, but not be too tight or too loose.
Now you are going to thread your elastic through the opening you left opened.
If you attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic it makes this job a lot easier. :)
Sew the two ends of your elastic together.

Sew your gap closed, turn your shorts right side out & there you go {super cute} bandana shorts.
{Perfect for kiddos love to sleep in them.  They are so comfortable!}

Come back Monday & I'll show you how I made this {adorable} matching shirt!

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  1. Very cute and look super easy! :)

  2. Wow -- I never knew that making shorts could be so easy! I love this tutorial! So glad Jenni at Kissed By a Frog sent me your way!


  3. These are awesome! I love the fun use of bandanas, I didn't even know they came in such fun prints! These are great, love them.

  4. Sew Super Cute! And what a fun way to spend summer, wearing bandana's!

  5. These are sew adorable.. love the polka dots.. Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  6. Love this! I made my daughter a skirt with bandanas last summer that she still wears!

  7. That is such a neat idea! They look so comfortable. I love the colors and the polka dots! Cute shirt too! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

  8. You make this look so easy! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now:
    Hope to see you soon!

  9. I love polka-dots and pink so these are just gosh darn adorable to me. I would love for you to link up to my feature Friday linky party.

  10. Adorable! I love anything bandana. I'm highlighting this at

  11. Great idea for using bandanas! And I love the negative space pattern - so much faster to cut out!

    I scheduled a link on Craft Gossip Sewing to point to your tutorial:
    (link will go live tonight)


  12. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  13. Have you ever seen someone else's project and thought, "Wow, that's brilliant. I wish I had thought of that!" That's totally how I feel after seeng your project. Those pants are precious! AND no him necesssary? Brilliant!

  14. PRECIOUS! and beyond easy....can't wait to try..........
    Grandmother Carolyn

  15. The polka dots are so fun. I don't sew either, but maybe i could give this a whirl, maybe. Thanks for linking with DIY under $5!

  16. Totally linked this on my blog last Friday! A girlfriend of mine is planning a bandana party for her son's first birthday and she's making bandana gear for all her four kids to wear! So adorable, I think she'll love this!

  17. Totally linked this on my blog last Friday! A girlfriend of mine is planning a bandana party for her son's first birthday and she's making bandana gear for all her four kids to wear! So adorable, I think she'll love this!

  18. Thanks for the tute! I needed something like that to make matching stuff for my many grandkids - something that didn't cost a bundle.


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