DIY {bandana apron}

Okay you ladies that deem yourself as not having a crafty bone in your body…this tutorial you will love! Now, of course, there are TONS of ways to customize and create an apron…this post is not going to touch on any of those. I originally saw this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago. These would make super cute Christmas gifts to go along with some homeade cookies or some other finger licking good food…

Supplies: Heat-n-Bond tape, ribbon, bandana, Fray Check


Step 1: Cut your ribbon long enough to go across the width of the bandana and wrap around a body…tied in a bow. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends to prevent fraying.

Step 2: Cut your Heat-n-Bond tape the width of the bandana

Step 3: Iron on the Heat-n-Bond1109apron-2

Step 4: Remove the paper backing from the Heat-n-Bond

Step 5: Center your ribbon on the center of the bandana

Step 6: Turn ribbon and bandana over to iron together. If the ribbon has a print on it, the iron can mess that up if you iron directly on it.


Step 7: Pose like you are a rockstar for pictures.1109apron-4

I love these aprons because they are inexpensive and cute…which means I feel free to use it alot without worrying about messing it up. If you know a big sports fan you could make it out of the colors of their team….OSU an orange bandana with the polka dot black ribbon.

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  • ashlee - your rockstar pose is right on…have you been practicing?! So this is what my girls, 11 & 9, are making for anyone they want for Christmas! great idea!

  • ElleBows - You are too cute!!!!

  • karen brown - LOVE this one for the little girls! My 5 year old would totally wear this and think she was big time!

  • Amy Tietsort - Ashley,

    I attempted to make an apron tonight. My ribbon is not adhering to the bandana. Do you have any suggestions or answers to why it might not be sticking?

    Love the idea and was going to give as Thanksgiving gifts for Christmas aprons.


  • AshleyAnn - Amy – I am not sure. I just followed the instructions on the Heat and Bond, you might review those. Make sure you iron settings are what the directions say…

  • katie - Just made 5 of these aprons for family for Christmas. They are TOO cute! I love matching the bandanas with all different kinds of ribbon! Thanks so much for such a great, easy idea that turns out so cute!

  • Flea - Have you made the tutus with ribbon and tulle? Those are frighteningly simple, and absolutely adorable.

  • Cat - I just made two of these for my nieces as an early Christmas present. (They’ll need them for baking cookies at Christmas and this way it won’t seem like I’m spoiling them on Christmas day! 😉 I made one with a pink bandana and one with a purple bandana, their favorite colors. Even used the polka dot ribbon! Great craft, thanks!

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  • Andrea @ The Train To Crazy - Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

  • Semalee - This is it! This is it! Thank you thank you thank you! This is the perfect partner to the homemade vanilla I made in hopes of turning it into a cute teacher’s gift! Yay! Thanks!

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  • Renae - I love this idea!! Going to make a couple for Christmas presents this year!!

  • Renae - Thanks for the great idea! This is going a perfect b-day gift for one of my friends!

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  • Liz - love the tutorial however I cannot print it prints only a corner of the site. Is tehre a way to print the full tutorial? Anyone else having printing problems. Tried in several nets ie explorer, chrome etc. thanks

  • marianne - I’m thrilled to get this idea–have so many gifts to make for family members. Can’t wait to start!

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