Sew A Girl’s Bandana Summer Top

Sew A Girl’s Bandana Summer Top

Sewing this Girl’s Bandana Summer Top really was easy and fun! I wouldn’t call it easy if it wasn’t easy! I’ve only been sewing for a short time and consider myself to still have a LOT to learn.

Last summer I made this DIY Ruffled Bandana Halter Top for my granddaughter. She doesn’t want her tummy to show, no midriff tops for her, so last year I added the ruffle. This was one of my very first sewing projects.

There is no pattern. I just make it up as I go and find ways to hide my mistakes, Yep I admitted that! If I can do it, You can do it!

Sew a Girl's Bandana Top.www.intelligentdomestications.com

The model is my precious granddaughter, Ashley.

Ashley is the 5th born to my oldest daughter, Tresa, and son-in-law and their only girl. She might be just a little bit spoiled. We sure do love shopping for girl clothes! She is going into the first grade this year. Where does time go?

Sew a simple Little girls Summer Bandana top. supplies.www.intelligentdomestications.com

I found all of the supplies at the Hobby Lobby. I picked out the bandana first and then found the embellishments to go with it. Don’t you just love how the polka dot sheer ribbon matches the polka dots in the flip flops on the fabric! Those adorable ribbon flowers were perfect to match the flowers in some of the flip flops also.


  • 1 Bandana
  • 1 yard pink ruffled ribbon
  • Spool of sheer matching ribbon
  • 1/2 yard floral ribbon (I cut the flowers individually)
  • Matching thread

Details on front of bandana top

I actually cut the flowers apart and used them for embellishments separately. Here they are sewn onto the front just where the straps are attached. Notice the gathering across the top and down the arms as well. The gathering was necessary so there wouldn’t be a big gap under the arms. I love using the different feet which came with my sewing machine. The gathering foot and I are still getting to know one another.

Little girls summer bandana top.www.intelligentdomestications.com

Ashley has long legs for a 6 year old! She is going to be tall like her brothers. The colors in the bandana allow Ashley to wear a variety of different bottoms with her new top. She picked out her new sparkly purple pants to pick up the purple in the top.

Back of Little girls Summer Bandana top DIY.www.intelligentdomestications.com

One set of straps are crisscrossed and sewn into the bottom of the back while the other set ties around the neck like a halter. I really wanted to use the point of the bandana somehow!  I added it to the back for a little flair. It also gives a little more fabric coverage so the top isn’t cut so low in the back. I also sewed one of the cute little flowers to the point of the triangle.

Sew a simple Little Girls Bandana top with ribbon straps.www.intelligentdomestications.com

The pink ruffle was perfect for a tiny bit of added length which Ashley wanted. She is very serious about not allowing her tummy to show! You can see the gathering as it comes down the arm in this above photo. That worked perfect to keep the top from gapping open at the armpit.

Be creative with those fat quarter projects or bandana projects! I didn’t think I had a creative bone in my body so I know that if I can do it you can do it! My next project is to sew a simple skirt for Ashley. She reaps the benefits of my desire to learn to sew!

A Girls Bandana Top with Matching Repurposed Denim Bag.www.intelligentdomestications.com

I had some supplies left over so I created a Repurposed Denim bag to match the new Bandana Top. I’ll share that in a post soon. I had to catch up with Ashley in her room and pry her away from playing with Barbie’s to get a quick picture.

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Bandana Ruffled Halter Top.intelligentdomestications.com

DIY Bandana Ruffled Halter Top

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  1. Oh my goodness, that is adorable!!! What an easy way to make a top and be able to look a bit different than the normal stuff on the store racks. I love it!!! Also, you have a wonderful model!! 🙂

  2. Very cute & clever top! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my Twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

  3. Ashley looks like she enjoys modelling. The top is cute and perfect for summer so thank you for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom and see you next week.

  4. She sure is benefiting from your creativity. And she has grown so much from last year, too. That top sure is adorable and so summery. I have zero sewing skills but I don’t have a machine to try, too.

    1. Thank you Zan. She really has grown a LOT in one year. Those babies don’t stay babies for long.
      I have had my sewing machine only one year. You Tube is my sewing college with free classes! You can do it too!

  5. She’s simply adorable. Maybe my daughter should have tried one more time for that girl. Five must be the charm. 🙂 I just love this halter top. Whenever I get my first granddaughter, I’ll be all over this. I’m sure I won’t be able to do this as well as you and I’ll probably end up begging you to make it for me. 🙂 Beautiful girl – beautiful bandana summer top.

    1. Alli, I just love you. You are so sweet. I’m having fun learning to sew! Having a granddaughter is such a joy in life. It’s not too late, you have your fair share of children, you may have a granddaughter in your future. I hope so, they are precious.

  6. This is too cute. I wish I could see, I’d make an adult shirt that fit me. I love the trim you put on it, so cute! Your little one is adorable!

    1. Thank you Erlene. My youngest daughter, grown and married, has asked me to make her a skirt! I shall give a grown up sewing project a try, crossing my fingers!

  7. What a cute little top! So colourful and perfect for summer. I love your model she is a sweetie. Thanks for sharing this idea with us at #anythinggoes link up and making it look so easy to make.

  8. Ahh…. Well you did an AWESOME JOB!!! I really love it and the model is so beautiful…. I too just recently started sewing and simply sharing my journey. I can definitely say everyday is a learning lessons.

  9. She’s just the cutest. I love her smile. You did a great job with her halter. It looks top-notch to me. I purchased a lot of great fabrics last week when I was in Zanzibar. I hope to find a seamstress as fantastic as you are to make a few great tops. Your work is really good.

  10. Shirley, this is so adorable. It brings back memories of my mother sewing for me. I had these cute halter tops but yours it so much more stylish! Please share when you have the skirt completed!

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