DIY Bandana Pillows
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You can use bandana pillows inside your home, or outside. Bandanas come in TONS of colors, so there’s always one that will work with the rest of your decor. The ones I’m showing you today were made for our son’s room.
We have other bandana crafts you can try as well! Give our 10-minute bandana pillows a look⤵️. These are SUPER easy to make. Kind of a dumbed-down version of an envelope-type pillow. No cutting required 🙂
And you may want to try these 2-minute bandana Easter basket liners, as well! Or pin them for springtime ⤵️.
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Supplies Needed for DIY bandana pillows:
- bandanas (2) needed for a simple, stuffed pillow or (3) for an 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 bananas, 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, s’mores…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.
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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…just click on an image to shop:
2). To sew, or not to sew your bandana pillows? That is the question.
Bandana Pillow-Making Option 1: sew and stuff:
Pulling out my sewing machine makes me feel like a bit of a domestic goddess. So whenever there is the 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:
i) Place the two “good” sides of (2) bandanas together, and stitch three and a half sides, using a couple of inches seam allowance (my bandanas were large 22″ x 22″).
ii) Flip the bandanas right-side-out and stuff with poly-fil.
iii) Hand-stitch the last couple inches, and you’re done!
Bandana Pillow-Making 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 use (3) bandanas instead of (2). This style is great because the cover is removable and washable.
Check out this quick tutorial on how to make these simple envelope style bandana pillows.
Bandana Pillow-Making Option 3: a no-sew pillow cover:
So again, you’ll be using (3) bandanas, a pillow insert, and instead of thread, you’ll use stitch adhesive. Easy breezy.
Bandana Pillow Option 4: buy some pillows instead:
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
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