Bandanas never seem to go out of style even if the way people use them have changed over the years. Originally used to keep perspiration out of the eyes of those working in the sun bandanas are now used as headbands, jeans patches and much more. Instead of being purchased only in the typical red and blue bandana patterns they’re currently available in a huge assortment of colors and designs. That’s part of the appeal bandanas have with young girls. They can instantly create a look or enhance an outfit by using a simple bandana. In fact, put two bandanas together, and a girl can easily make a bag or purse in a few minutes!
Use two identical bandanas to make a purse, carryall, makeup bag or another tote. Make small ones or larger designs all by using a couple of bandanas. Start by setting one of the bandanas on top of the other so that their wrong sides are facing each other.
Start at one top corner and begin cutting down one side, across the bottom, then back to the top, on the opposite side. As you do this, round the bottom corners. If you want to make a small tote cut off quite a lot of the bandanas. For a larger version barely trim the sides and bottom, but still round the two lower corners.
Starting at one top corner, on the side, and working down the side, cut “tabs” into the bandanas. Make a cut that goes in about two inches, then cut another, and another. Each tab should be about an inch wide and about two inches long. Make these all the way down the side, across the bottom, and back up to the opposite corner. Tie sets of the tabs together, starting at the top corner, and working your way down. Tie the first tab on one bandana to the first tab of the second one, and so forth, until all the tabs are tied together.
Cut a braided piece of roping, a length of wide ribbon, or a strap of another kind. Or, use an additional bandana or two to make the strap. Sew the ends of it to the corners of the bandana bag. Or, use fabric glue to attach the strap. Another method is to cut two tabs at the top, tie a knot in the end of the strap, then tie the tabs around it.
If you want, place a Velcro dot or other closure on the top, center of the finished purse. Embellish it even further by writing on it with fabric paints or even doing something simple like attaching pockets. Cut pieces of bandanas, fold them into triangles or other shapes, then sew or glue them onto the outside, front of the purse.
The bandana purses and totes are great for young girls, teens – even moms. They’re perfect for holding anything a girl or a woman needs for an overnight trip or for using as an organizer around her own house. Since one of the purses can be made in just a matter of minutes she can easily create a variety of them in an hour or so!