How to Make a Bandana Necklace

Things You'll Need

  • Bandana
  • Yardstick
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 9 wood beads, 1/2 inch in diameter
  • 10 pony beads matching the bandana color

Making a bandana necklace is a fun project that will make many outfits complete. With only a few supplies and minimal crafting experience, you can have great success creating a bandana necklace. This is an easy project for elementary age students, after-school programs and Scout groups. You may even enjoy a "ladies night in" party where you can craft these necklaces.

Spread the bandana wrong-side up on a work surface. (The bandana may not have a wrong side, so choose one.) Draw a line diagonally across the center of the bandana, using a yardstick as a straight edge and a pen. Measure and mark a line 1 1/2 inches parallel on each side of the center line. Cut along both of these outer lines, and you'll have a strip of bandana 3 inches wide by 31 inches long from point to point.

Fold the bandana strip in half lengthwise with the right sides together, and pin them. Sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance along the pinned edge, leaving the short ends open. Turn the bandana tube right-side out.

Insert a 1/2-inch wood bead into the bandana necklace tube and push it to the center of the tube length. Place a straight pin on one side of the wood bead through the layers of the bandana tube. This will prevent the bead from moving as you add more beads. On the other end of the bandana tube, string a pony bead onto the tube and push it tightly up against the bead that's on the inside of the tube. Add another wood bead inside the bandana tube and a pony bead on the outside. Continue until you have five wood beads inserted and five pony beads on the outside. End with a pony bead.

Remove the straight pin from the center of the bandana necklace. Turn around the bandana necklace tube. Working on the opposite end of the bandana tube, add a pony bead to the outside and a 1/2-inch bead inside. Continue with the process of Step 3 until the remainder of the beads are used. You'll end with a pony bead on each end of the bandana necklace.

Tie the bandana necklace around the neck at the desired length.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.