How to Easily Make a Cute DIY Bandana Tote Bag Out of 3 Old Bandanas

Sachi’s Studio
by Sachi’s Studio
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Everyone’s making tote bags, but have you considered making a DIY bandana tote bag? This is a really fun project and it really doesn’t take much effort to sew a bandana bag.

You can also do this with handkerchiefs or scrap fabric that you may have lying around from other DIYs. Let’s get sewing!

Tools and materials:

  • 3 Bandanas
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Snap buttons
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Iron
  • Pins
DIY bandana tote bag sewing pattern

1. Bandana bag sew prep

This is basically how your bandana tote bag DIY will be sewn.

Pressing the bandanas before sewing

If your bandanas are wrinkly like mine, then go ahead and give them a good press first. 

Sewing the bandanas

2. Sew the bandanas

Now, take two bandanas, align them at the seams, and sew two sides of the square together, continuously. Ensure that you backstitch when starting to sew. Also, use a ½-inch seam allowance. 

How to sew a DIY bandana tote bag

When you come to the corner, lift up your footer, make a 90-degree turn, put your footer down, and continue stitching down the other side. This is called a pivot. 

Backstitching at the edge

Backstitch when you reach the edge. 

Topstitching along the seams

Lay the seam allowance toward the side of the bag, and topstitch along the seams, on the right side of the bag. Stitch as close to the edge as possible. 

Making sure the seam allowance lays flat

You may not be able to topstitch the corner, and that’s totally okay. Just make sure the seam allowance lays flat. 

Now, topstitch the same way from the other end. 

Sewing the third bandana onto the tote bag

Place the third bandana to the base (red bandana) of the bag, align the two edges, and sew with a ½-inch seam allowance. The right sides should be facing each other. 

Place the third bandana to the base (red bandana) of the bag, align the two edges, and sew with a ½-inch seam allowance. The right sides should be facing each other. 

How to make a bag out of bandanas

Turn the bandana right sides out. Lay the seam allowance toward the side panel and topstitch to secure. 

Stitching a square on the corner

Also, stitch a square on this corner (using the pivot method). Then, carry on downward. See the illustration above for a better understanding. Remember to do this on the right sides of the fabric. 

DIY bandana bag tutorial

As you can see, all the seam allowances are facing toward the side panels. 

How to make a bandana bag

3. Sew the bottom corners

You might notice that the corners of the base stick out. If you’d like, you can turn the bag right sides in, and stitch the corners, as shown. This will give the bottom more shape. 

Sewing the corners of the bandana bag

I marked 4 inches on each corner. This measurement is totally up to you. 

Sewing a stitch through the layers

When you’re ready, stitch a straight line through both layers. 

Tying the handles for the DIY bandana bag

4. Tie the handles

Now, go ahead and tie the handles. You could sew them together but I like the tied-handle look better. Like this, you can tie the DIY bandana tote bag in many ways and fold it flat when not in use. 

Choosing a closure for the bag

5. Attach a closure. 

I decided that some kind of closure on either side of the bag would be pretty useful. You can use a button and loop, Velcro, or a pair of plastic snaps like I did. 

I went for this gray color as it was the closest color I had for this color ensemble. 

Attaching a snap closure to the bag

Simply pierce the outer part of the button snap through the fabric.

Using an awl to pierce a hole for the snap closure

I had a hard time pushing the spikey part through, so I opted to use an awl to make a tiny hole. 

Tip: If using an awl, ensure your hole is really small. Otherwise, the button will be loose and not fitted. 

Pressing the

Then, place the back part of the snap button from the other side. Use an eyelet tool to press both buttons in place. 

Snap closure on the bag

All done! Now, repeat this on the other side.

Finished bandana bag

Now, place the button together, and snap! You now have a closure for your DIY bandana bag!  

DIY bandana tote bag

So, that’s it! You now have a unique and useful DIY bandana tote bag! I really like the fact that it opens up wide; it makes putting stuff inside so much easier and quicker. 

DIY bandana tote bag as a clutch

You can also tie the handle right at the opening and wear it like a clutch bag. 

Bandana tote bag DIY

Or, you can make it a shoulder bag. 

Bandana tote bag DIY tutorial

There are so many ways to wear this lovely bandana tote bag DIY! Now that you know how to make a bandana bag, what color bandanas will you be using?

I hope you enjoyed this awesome bandana bag tutorial and that you give this project a try! Thanks for joining me.

Suggested materials:
  • 3 Bandanas
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
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