DIY Bandana Pillows
Supplies Needed for DIY bandana pillows:
- bandanas (2) needed for a simple, stuffed pillow or (3) for a envelope style pillow with removable cover
- poly-fil for simple pillow
- square pillow insert for envelope style pillow cover
- stitch adhesive (if planning to do a no-sew pillow)
When you hear “bandana” what pops into mind?
This guy, perhaps?
Definitely bandana-y. AND a pretty sweet get-up. You can buy it, but I’m pretty sure that smarmy scowl is sold separately. If “pirate” wasn’t your first thought, perhaps it was something like this…
Call this your lucky day, because that costume could also be yours. Complete with those chaps, which are clearly the most fantastic piece of this ensemble. Or, possibly, “bandana” could make you think…
They call this one a “biker” costume, but to me it looks 50% biker, 50% Duck Dynasty. At any rate, for me, when I think of bandanas, I think of the Parent Trap. Not the new version. I mean the Hayley Mills movie. Classic.
“Bandana” makes me think of images like this:
The iconic, old-school summer camp with clapboard olive green cabin and orangey wooden sign. The uniforms…canoeing, smores…the whole nine yards. It seems so perfectly nostalgic. For the record, I never experienced this summer camp type of thing, personally. And truth be told, I do not care for camping at this point in my life…the bugs, the cold/damp/lack of sleep…I could go on. BUT, my youngest son, “Sweet Cheeks”, he digs anything muddy, buggy, or otherwise “outdoorsy”. So, when I was working on his room, I thought “bandana”. And this is how I used them.
How to make simple, inexpensive bandana pillows:
1). Find bandanas.
The most challenging part of this project is finding the bandanas you want to use. I’ve looked high and low for the best sources in terms of price and selection and have included those in this post, above in the supplies section and directly below.
Besides choosing a color, bandanas are sold in different sizes, as well. Make sure you purchase a size that is appropriate for the pillow(s) you plan to make. Mine were 22″x 22″. From that, I created 16″x 16″ pillows. Below again are some options for purchasing the bandanas:
2). To sew, or not to sew? That is the question.
Option 1: sew and stuff:
Pulling out my sewing machine makes me feel like a bit of a domestic goddess. So whenever there is need for a simple straight stitch, I get out the machine. Anything harder? I go the no-sew route, or better yet, just buy it 😉
I chose to sew these bandana pillows. And I used the simplest method imaginable. Placed the two “good” sides of my (2) bandanas together, then stitched three and a half sides together with about a couple inches seam allowance (my bandanas were large 22″ x 22″). Then, I flipped the material right-side-out and stuffed it with poly-fil. Hand-stitched the last couple inches, and done.
Option 2: sew an envelope pillow cover:
This option probably creates the “nicest” most professional-looking product. For an envelope-style pillow cover, you’ll need (3) bandanas instead of (2). Plus, you’ll use a pillow insert instead of stuffing. This style is great though because the cover is removable and washable. Pretty great option especially if you’ll be using these pillows in a kid’s room or outside. I recommend this tutorial from Momtastic to help you get the job done.
Option 3: a no-sew pillow cover:
The no-sew technique is a fantastic option. I love this simple tutorial from Homey Oh My which will help you create a no-sew envelope pillow cover. So again, you’ll be using (3) bandanas, a pillow insert, and instead of thread, you’ll use stitch adhesive. Easy breezy.
If you have a pirate, cowboy, or, I suppose biker?! theme in mind for your little one’s room….GO BANDANAS! And certainly, if you like the Parent Trap, or a vintage camping, fishing, outdoorsy theme, I say go for it as well. For $8 a pillow (or less!), they’re kinda great.
Links below to items purchased, or similar products if an exact match is no longer available. Items not shown are likely thrift scores.
- Felt campfire & s’mores
- Fisherman Sconces (behind daybed)
- Hudson-style striped blanket
- Faux Antler Chandelier
- Vintage army blanket | DIY tent
- Fish/Trout wall art
- Ivory and Navy Geometric Rug
- Madras Curtain Fabric (Three Chickadees)
- White bookcase/dresser combo
- Stump Seats
- Vintage Mess Kit
- Wood Canoe Oars (similar)
- Wicker Creel (similar)
- Framed Camping Art
- Paint – Denim technique with Sherwin Williams “Indigo Batik” as top coat