Bandanas are some of the most classic accessories out there. They’re available in every color imaginable, boasting that quintessential paisley pattern that we all know so well. You can easily take it up a notch by personalizing a DIY bandana with custom embroidery of your favorite word or phrase. For best results, choose from Darice’s wide range of colorful bandanas for an accessory that best suits your style. Read on to learn how to make your own!
- Darice 22 x 22″ Paisley Bandana
- Darice 5″ Wooden Embroidery Hoop
- Pencil or Thin Marker
- Darice Cross Stitching Needle
- Darice Flat Pyramid Stud (2)
- Letter Stencils*
- Darice Embroidery Thread
- Darice Hercules Super Glue
* Use a style of letter stencil that best suits your style and taste. For this project, I used adhesive stencils that were originally meant for glass. You can also use a set of letter stencils by Darice. Alternatively, you can create a freehand word with a pencil.
Step 1. Fold the bandana so that two corners meet, forming a triangle. The bottom corner is where you will be adding your custom embroidery. Take the two upper corners and tie the bandana around your neck and style it to your liking. This will help you determine the specific spot that you would like to embroider. Remember, the word will be slanted along the edge.
Step 5. Cut a long strand of embroidery thread. Insert one end through the needle. Pull the thread so that the last 2-3 inches are adjacent to the rest of the thread. At the other end, tie a tight double knot.
To further customize this project, consider alternating shades of embroidery thread for each letter. You can also use variegated embroidery thread to create an eye-catching gradient of letters. Different types of embellishments can be used, too. Check out the wide selection of Darice studs for various options.
If you love creating custom fashion accessories using bandanas, you should check out our post on how to make a bandana headband.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.