Summer Sewing ~ Bandana Pants Pattern

on July 11 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 119 Comments

Stefani from Blue Yonder makes these fun bandana pants each year for her three boys. While planning for July’s Summer Sewing we remembered her great tutorial from last year and asked her to create a little pattern for us all to enjoy.

You can print Stefani’s PDF Bandana Pant Pattern to place next to your sewing machine as you create this inexpensive, fun project for everyone you know! Stefani notes that the pants are lightweight and breathable; they’re an especially welcome wardrobe addition for little boys used to the popular and heavy cargo-type shorts or “sticky” baseball shorts. Have fun!

Don’t miss out on Stefani’s Blue Yonder blog where the Texas summer is in full swing, creative solutions abound and moments of childhood are always noted with the best mix of humor and love. You can also find her beautiful photography on Flickr and Six One Way.


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119 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Bandana Pants Pattern

  1. Saw your post through Digg, and I am excited to have found your blog page! Awesome, Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. christine says:

    I finally got around to making these. They are so cute and super easy.

  3. Ann says:

    Made several pairs for my children. A regular sized bandana worked great for my 5 year old and I was able to get larger sized bandanas at a western wear store. Those were perfect for her. Great pattern and super fast!

  4. candis says:

    I just made a pair of these for a 2yo little girl. Turned into to cutest little ‘gypsy’/yoga pants. Used bandanas I got when I walk 1/2 marathon for breast cancer. There pink, so perfect.

  5. Theresa says:

    Where do you but 27 x 27 bandanas?

  6. Lucy says:

    Thank you so much for such a great easy pattern!!! I havn’t sat down to my sewing machine since highschool and I’ve always had a difficult time reading sewing patterns. I whipped up 2 pairs tonight in no time. Yay!!!

  7. Lottie says:

    Great pattern. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be making my friend’s daughter these for her birthday…Just the thing.

  8. Noelia says:

    Very easy and it looks too nice!!! Great! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. orata says:

    Very cute!

  10. Tracey Davis says:

    Darling! Perfect for our 6 year old daughters western themed b-day next month! thanks

  11. Lori Kay says:

    Very cute!

  12. Heather says:

    I love this pattern and can’t wait to try it!

  13. Kelly says:

    These are so great! Absolutely adorable!

  14. jessica says:

    can’t wait to make these for my daughter!

  15. Lil' d says:


  16. renee says:

    I just made these and my son loves them. So comfy and easy to roll up into shorts/3/4 pants or as long pants without being bulky. Great idea!

  17. Jennifer says:

    My kids can hardly wait until I make this for them. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

  18. jill says:

    These are my favorite. I think we need some in a couple of colors. My daughter may need a skirt out of bandanas as well!

  19. DizzyMom says:

    I found this pattern on BlueYonder several months ago and love it. My daughter now has bandana pants in every possible print. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. DeerDominique says:

    Such a great idea, adding it to the looooong list of sewing projects in cue.

  21. clarissa says:

    so cute! i’d almost love a pair myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Emily says:

    Great idea – can’t wait to try them out ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Amanda says:

    It is winter here in Australia so I will be on the lookout for some bandanas so I can get organised for summer! Little kids clothes can be so expensive for the small amount of fabric that is used. Love the hand drawn tutorial too!

  24. Beth says:

    Fantastic! Do they come in adult sizes??

  25. Janice says:

    I love these little pants. So summery!

  26. Rebecca says:

    Wow, these are sooooo cute!

  27. Abby says:

    Can’t wait to make some of these next summer, when my little guy will be big enough to wear them!

  28. Alicia P says:

    These are too cute! What a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  29. Crystal says:

    Oh, I just found this blog. I love all of the tutorials. These pants are so cute, I think I will have to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Alison says:

    What a simple pattern and a cute idea! I would make these for my nephews AND nieces.

    A cute summer family picture idea: have all the grandkids in my family wearing these with cute white tops and sandals.

    It’s official…I need kids of my own.

  31. Kristen D. says:

    I am going to make these, about 50 pair, so that all my sons nice shorts will last him a couple years. Okay, maybe not 50, but a whole lot!

  32. ang says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Brandi says:

    Very creative! I love it!

  34. Heide says:

    I can’t wait to try out a pair of these for my daughter! So cute!

  35. nikki says:

    I’ll be making these fairly soon for my godson. too cute!

  36. Lynn says:

    I wish I had this pattern about 12 years ago!

  37. Wannabecrafty says:

    Too cute! Sent this to a friend who is always looking for projects to do with her grandsons. They can even pick out their own bandanas!

  38. Kelli says:

    I was just thinking about making some of these the other day, but couldn’t remember what I’d done with my instructions! Perfect timing…thanks so much!

  39. Amy says:

    I have seen these in the past and love love love them. With all the bandana colors out there why limit them to boys?!!?!?

  40. Anna says:

    What a thrifty fashion statement

  41. Jaala Spiro says:

    I love this tutorial! My 5-y-o guy approves, and I’ll start on these as soon as I can!
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  42. Kelli says:

    With all the incredible bandanas you can find nowadays you could make a whole summer wardrobe out of these! How cute and easy! Thanks so much!

  43. Stacy says:

    These are so cute and simple to make! My little ones are definately going to be sporting a few pairs of these! Thanks for sharing with us!

  44. Michele says:

    These are too cute!

  45. Adrea Shef says:

    how fun! and wal-mart always has all those fun badana prints and patterns – this will be a lot of fun for the summer!

  46. what an adorable and super simple pattern! love it!!

  47. kim says:

    very cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Melody says:

    Great idea, I will definitely try this one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!

  49. micki says:

    what a totally fun projecT!

  50. Kimmer says:

    Very cute idea, thanks!

  51. Heather says:

    I made these a while ago — HI think they were fetured in kids clothing month. We got some COOL bandanas from JoAnn’s – my son LOVES his flame shorts and DD has pink with white floers and they wear them alot! If you have a girl – you can use the Js that are left to make a hair scrunchie!

  52. Ane says:

    So cute! This made me think about making a bandana skirt for myself…I’ll have to think a little about that one.

  53. Rebecca says:

    cute pattern. It’s hard to find boys clothing patterns out there – it’s nice to see new ideas!

  54. Carrie says:

    These are too cute and sooo simple…my kind of sewing project!!! I must make some of these right away for my little boy and little girl! For those of you looking for bandana’s, Walmart carries them and so does Hobby Lobby.

  55. Judy says:

    Thanks for the link to Blue Yonder. Looks like a fun read! And now I have to explore your shop.

  56. Alison says:

    Totally love these! Have spent ages trying to locate bandanas in Scotland but there seems to be a distinct lack of them! Will have to try ebay because the boys have to have these shorts for summer.

  57. Shannon says:

    I know two little girls that would enjoy some lightweight pants like these. How adorable!

  58. Erin S. says:

    Thanks for this pattern! With our 100+ degree weather, these will be perfect for my 3-year-old to run around in.

  59. Julia Molewyk says:

    These are great! I’ll have to make some for my little men.

  60. amy says:

    Those are wonderful and I wish they made giant bandanas so I could make myself some.

  61. Cindy Hansen says:

    Those are adorable!

  62. Anna says:

    This is a really nice, quick and easy idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing.

  63. kelly jo says:

    Love this idea!! Too cute! I’m definitely printing this out!

  64. These look really great, only 1 week till the summer vacation starts here and I will heva time to make my son a pair of these.

  65. Jennifer says:

    These are absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to try them out.

  66. Heather V says:

    Great pattern and very easy!! Thanks, I’ve put it in my to do file!

  67. Lisa says:

    I often feel like I shortchange my son when I make stuff for my daughters….now here’s a project he can get excited about too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  68. Kate says:

    Wow! So easy and cute too!

  69. Candee says:

    How original! Thanks for the tutorial.

  70. Barbara G says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  71. Allison says:

    So cute! And they would be lightweight and comfortable… maybe I’ll be making these for my girl in pink…

  72. Allison says:

    What cute and easy pants!

  73. Lindsey says:

    I will be trying this one out, for sure!

  74. Jeannine says:

    These are too cute! Thanks for the pattern, my son will love them!

  75. Libby says:

    Adorable. And they’re so simple to make. The best type of pattern.

  76. Kate says:

    These are great. I’m going to get started on a pair right now!

  77. Emily says:

    Love these – can’t wait to pick up some bandanas and make them. (Also loved the comment of the bandanas at Wally World for 97 cents!)

  78. Lara says:

    Fantastic – simple and effective. My cousin’s boys will love these (you’ve solved my “what to make them for Christmas” problem)

  79. Katherine says:

    How fabulous – my daughter will love these! Thanks so much!

  80. Sarah S says:

    Very cute shorts, and I agree, a nice change from heavy cargo shorts or the non-breathing athletic shorts!

  81. Those are really cute! Too bad I don’t have a little one that I can sew some up for.

  82. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the pattern! These look like fun!

  83. aimee says:

    What a clever idea! Enter me in for FFF ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Joy says:

    I’ve made several of these this summer for my 6 year old daughter.
    They’re SO cool and comfy! She even sleeps in them! I bought some
    floral bandannas at WalMart for 97 cents each. Best part for me?
    NO HEMMING! I just use one of the sewn edges as the bottom edge of
    the pants. They’re more capri pants than shorts but they’re perfect.
    At less than $2 a pair, I can’t beat them!

  85. anja says:

    love this simple idea! Thanks for sharing

  86. Lisa says:

    These are adorable. I’m going to make them tonight.

  87. Kristen L says:

    What a fun pattern and idea! I’m sure my son will love them during this hot summer. I’ll have to make them and try them out soon. Thanks for the pattern!

  88. Tara says:

    Such a cute idea!

  89. alison says:

    Thanks for this great pattern/tutorial. Love your blog!

  90. Cyndi Aberly says:

    We made a pair of these for my daughter, they’re great! So easy to put together.

  91. Janeen says:

    Thank you so much for the link to Steffani’s blog. It’s a wonderful new read for me.

  92. Cara says:

    Wow, those are adorable!

  93. Brittany says:

    My son would love these!!

  94. Regina says:

    Love this idea! So simple and so fun.
    Bandannas were all the fashion rage when I was a teen – are they back again or hard to find? I have not looked recently.

  95. erna says:

    Love this tutorial! Especially because it’s colourfull and fancy and for BOYS!
    I think they are in need of much more of this!

  96. asprinkling says:

    Neat. I just might try this.

  97. tammie says:

    I love this idea! I am going to make some for our kids.

  98. Nancy says:

    Cute, cute, cute…..need to find me some of that cool bandana print….

  99. my son lives in these! we love to make each leg a different color!

  100. ang says:

    Adorable – thanks for sharing!

  101. mandy says:

    These pants are so cute! I’m definitely going to try these.

  102. Becky says:

    Those bandana pants are adorable. I wish someone had shown me how to do that when I had 3 young boys running around here.

  103. Beth from CT says:

    Looks lightweight and comfortable. Too bad they don’t make bigger bandana’s for the rest of us!

  104. That’s a great pattern. Thanks so much for sharing!

  105. Viv says:

    These are excellent – what fun! Thanks for the tutorial.

  106. Mary C says:

    These are totally cute. I can’t wait to try a pair!

  107. LIndsay says:

    There is a woman who makes these here by the beach. All the kids near the pier were wearing them on the 4th and it was too cute!

  108. Kathryn says:

    I love these. Thanks for sharing. I hope to make some soon for my 2 year-old!

  109. Samantha says:

    Those are so cute! Makes me wish I had little kids so I had a reason to make them!

  110. Carrie says:

    Where is the best place to buy bandanas? I’ve got to make some.

  111. Anya says:

    Those are so cute and creative; they are perfect for summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ What is it about bandanas that just look like summer? I was about to make some summer napkins for the many birthday and other parties we wind up having in the summer, but I may have to make some out of bandanas and throw those into the mix.

  112. Chassie says:

    Very Cute! I’ve made the bandana tops for girls, but hadn’t thought about shorts for boys! Great idea.

  113. Sarah W. says:

    These are so cute! And fast! My kind of tutorial! thanks!

  114. Amy Rettberg says:

    I love these shorts! My 10yo son wants a pair now! I guess I’ll have to get started.

    Amy in SC

  115. Christa says:

    These are so cute. I can see them working for both boys and girls.

  116. Jen says:

    What a great idea – thanks!

  117. Caitlin W says:

    This is such a cute pattern, and I can definitely picture the little boys in my life running around in a pair of these! I especially like how the print of the bandana on the sides makes it look like little chaps.

  118. these are great! I am sure little girls will love them also!

  119. Leigh Graham says:

    Too cute. I love making clothes for children, but have a hard time making things for little boys…these are adorable…thanks for the pattern.

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