Tutorial: The Bandana T-Shirt Dress

I’ve really been wanting to make a skirt or dress with an uneven hemline.  The other day, I was walking by my sewing desk and there was a circular fabric scrap from the last circle skirt I had made sitting on a bandana.  It sparked an idea to cut that same circle out of the bandana and make a cute, simple t-shirt dress.

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What You’ll Need:
A T-Shirt one size bigger than the size the child normally wears
A bandana
Circle Pattern (I used the innermost part of my Circle Skirt pattern)
Spray Adhesive or Heat N Bond sewable iron on adhesive

Start by folding your bandana in fourths (fold in half and then in half again).  Line up your circle pattern and cut out the middle portion.  See pics below.  The visual makes this easier to understand.

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I cut a heart out of my circle scrap to sew onto the t-shirt.  Here is a pic of what we’ll be piecing together:
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Use your adhesive of choice to attach the heart to your shirt.  This will keep it from sliding around while you’re trying to sew it on.  I like to sew it on with an 1/8″ seam so the edges fray after you wash it a few times.
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Next, serge or zigzag stitch around the raw edge of the circle within the bandana.
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Now lay the bandana at the hem of your t-shirt, folded perfectly in half on the diagonal.  We’re going to pin the edges to each side of the shirt.  Then continue to pin all the way around as evenly as possible.  As shown below, I pinned right along the inside of the t-shirt’s hem line so I’d be sure the skirt was pinned in evenly.

Then I used a zigzag stitch to sew all the way around, attaching the skirt to the shirt.  The zigzag stitch allows for a bit more stretch since you’ll be pulling this over your child’s head.

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And that’s it – you’re all done!  Don’t you love that you don’t have to hem anything?!  And it’s just too, too cute on!
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*This specific tutorial is for personal use only.  I love sharing the tutorial with you but please do not sell as I will be making these available in my Etsy shop soon.  Thank you!*
About Dawn Warnaar

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is an Air Force Wife and mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog and Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.

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