So you have waited until the last minute to make something for your daughter to wear to that July 4th BBQ and you are strapped for cash. No worries. I have a quick and easy solution and your little princess will strut her stuff Americana fashion, and it will cost you less than $5 to boot. The instructions listed are for 12-18 month size and I will show you how to make a top or a skirt from the same pieces.
What you will need:
- 2 bandanas
- 7/8 in. grosgrain ribbon
- 1/2 in. wide elastic
- sewing machine
The first thing you need to do is fold your bandanas in half so that they form a triangle like so, and iron them.
After you have cut both of your bandanas in half you should have 4 pieces.
Next you are going to put one of your bandanas inside the other centering the seam so that you will have 4 triangles showing. Tip: The color that is showing on the outside at this point is the one that will be underneath when complete. You are now looking at the top or skirt turned inside out basically. Pin the two pieces together around the straight edge.
Now you are going to sew a basting stitch around the top edge just to hold the two layers together while you finish. This seam will not show so it doesn't have to be perfect. Mine is terribly crooked.
Now you are going to iron down that top edge all the way around, where you just stitched, by a half inch, and then fold it over again an inch and iron again. This will be your elastic casing.
Now you will put the elastic up into the casing all the way and close up the opening and turn it right side out. This is what it looks like now. If you are making the skirt you are done. Put it on your child and enjoy.
If you are making the top, you will need to get out your grosgrain ribbon. I cut mine about 7.5 inches long each. Then you need to seal the ends of your ribbon with either Fray Check or with heat just enough to melt the edge of each end. Decide where you want to place the straps and pin them.
Now put it on your little angel and let her show her American pride.