DIY - Transform A Button Up Shirt Part II

how to transform a button up shirt into a bandana

Ok, so we have made a collar and shoe laces out of a thrifted short sleeved men's shirt.

Now we will make another super easy project, a super stylish bandana.

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Simply rip (how we did it with the shoe laces) a 19 inch x 19 inch piece out of the back of the shirt.

Fold and tie around your head. :)

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{I am wearing the super cute Odilie Shirt - handmade by me, available here}

Need some more ideas on how to wear a bandana? Just come on over and check out my very popular post - "How to wear a bandana"!

Make a summer must-have piece out of an old shirt :: Its super fun & easy! - click to tweet!

And don't forget to come back later for more ideas on what to make out of the shirt!

Happy Crafting!

♥ Erika

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Leona :

YES! This is an ultimate spring accessorie, which I totally forgot about. I’m gonna pair my bandana up with a pair of shades and flats! Great for the beach or day time outfit. Off to raid my man’s closet…

May 14 2012 at 09:05 AM


Awesome, Leona! I definitely want to see a pic of you rocking your new bandana! ♥

May 14 2012 at 09:05 AM

Sarah Yost:

I love the idea of doing a bunch of things from the same man’s shirt. I can’t deal with things on my head so a bandana won’t be happening. But I love that print. Love the orange stripes. Looking forward to more projects. xo

May 14 2012 at 12:05 PM


Thanks, Sarah! There are so many things you can make out of one ol’ shirt…will be posting more tomorrow :)

May 14 2012 at 08:05 PM

Heather Thorkelson:

Oh I love this! I’m such a huge fan of re-purposing, and your pictures make it so easy. Bring it on sister!

May 15 2012 at 09:05 AM


Thanks, Heather. I love sharing simple but cute ideas :)

May 15 2012 at 10:05 AM

Heather Lentz | We Be Healthy:

Love this! I ame a fan of everything DIY. ;-)

May 15 2012 at 05:05 PM


Heather, it’s so much fun, right?! :)

May 15 2012 at 10:05 PM

Jessica Kupferman:

Thank you so much for this post! Ever since I cut my hair, I’ve been looking for creative ways to wear my hair, this helps me a lot!!

May 16 2012 at 12:05 PM

Anastasia Valentine:

I am loving all of your DIY tips! My daughter and I have printed them and are having a DIY weekend of accessory making! Awesome seeing what you can do and make old feel new and awesome again!

May 16 2012 at 03:05 PM

Jennifer Peek:

I see this stuff and am just in awe of people like you who can transform something as simple as a shirt into so many stylish and creative options. While I don’t see myself wearing this, I can absolutely see my daughter and her friends devouring your ideas!

May 16 2012 at 06:05 PM


Great idea Erika! I’ll admit I’m not much of a DIY, but you are making it seem so easy to do. Beautiful. This is something my niece would love, I will share :-)

May 16 2012 at 07:05 PM


I’ve been wanting to try out the bandana look and now I know how to make one and wear one. Thanks so much!

March 21 2013 at 06:03 PM

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