Today, I had a few minutes while the children went with Grammy to homeschool art class and decided to make another one and share the details with you!
I started with 1/2 of a fat quarter cut of quilting cotton and cut it into two rectangular pieces with my rotery cutter. The larger piece is 9"x18" and the small piece is 9"x 3". I used a scrap of 1/2" elastic 4" long and chose contrasting thread.
I started by ironing both of the long edges of the large piece, folding under the edge 1/4" twice to form a finished edge. I suppose serging these edges would work just as well. On both of the short ends of the small piece iron 1/4" to the wrong side of the fabric. This will be the tube that covers the elastic.
large piece, either decoratively or with a straight stitch.
Keeping the short edges turned under, sew the smaller 'tube' piece right sides together along the long edge. Turn and press so that the seam is in the middle of the back (underside fo the tube). Set aside.
Using two rows of long stitches to gather the short (unfinished) ends of the large piece. Gather as tightly as you can and tie the gathering threads tightly. Center the elastic on one gathered edge and sew it securely - I used the zigzag stitch and sewed it flat.
Using a bodkin or large safety pin, thread the elastic through the small tube tube, with the right side of the large gathered rectangle and the top side of the tube facing up. Slide the gathered end just into the tube (covering the stitching rows and elastic end).
Stitch close to the edge of the end of the tube. Repeat for the other side and you are done! A little pressing and you are off!
Be sure to adjust for your child's headsize. Our Dreamer is 9 1/2 years old and wears adult sized hats. The finished size of her bandana is 24" with the elastic extended and 20" just laying flat, so she finds it really comfortable on her 21" head!
Now she wants to peak into my collection of fat quarters and choose some more bandana prints! I think I'll let her read this and make the next one herself! Maybe I'll help her make a few of Heather Bailey's wonderful 'Hooray for Headbands' too!