Make Your Own Super Versatile Bandana Quilt!

It’s a Picnic Blanket…It’s a Tablecloth…It’s whatever you dream it to be. :-)

When I first saw this idea…my immediate thought went to…picnic blanket!  Bandanas just sort of epitomize summertime to me. But then I saw the same idea at Aesthetic Nest used as a tablecloth and I was torn! I like both ideas! So why should I have to choose?

Meet the Super Versatile Bandana Quilt. A great idea with limitless possibilities. :-)

Some other ways you could use it?  A bed covering….a beach blanket…..a baby blanket….a throw blanket….a shower curtain (well that one might be going a bit too far)?

Anyway, you get the idea…you can do lots of stuff with it!

I bought my bandanas at Walmart for less than a dollar each. The color selection was limited…but I actually kind of like the look I came up with. Total cost: approximately $12.00.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I got so caught up in assembling my bandanas I completely forgot to take any pictures of the process! (The fact that a House Hunters marathon was on HGTV had NOTHING to do with it! I swear!)

But piecing together the bandana squares is pretty intuitive. Just think of it as a big puzzle, with VERY easy-to-fit puzzle pieces. :-)

I decided to make 4 rows of 3 for my quilt (or 3 rows of 4…whatever) which makes it approximately 88″ x 66 ” (standard bandanas are 22″ each.) It’s a good size. But, of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending to your needs.


(Because the bandanas were all slightly irregular…the seams are all “less than perfect”. But I don’t mind. I think it adds to the “casual outdoorsy” feel of it.)


In a  nutshell…

  • Sew the 4  short rows (of 3 bandanas each) alternating colors and pinning the bandanas right sides together.
  • Once you have your 4 short rows, sew these rows together along the long edges to form your quilt!
  • Press the seams after sewing for a more finished look.

If you still feel the need for some photos of this process….AnneLiese at Aesthetic Nest has a great photo tutorial here.

And while I don’t have a great photo tutorial to offer you….I do have some really cute pictures of my grand puppy Milo laying on it to make up for it! :-)  He seems to really like it!

I think it officially received the “puppy stamp of approval!”

Not quite sure at first….

Decides it might be OK….

Ahhh….I could get use to this. :-)

I considered putting a backing on it…but actually like it the way it is. It’s light, it’s comfortable…the perfect summertime covering.

I’m pretty sure I will be making more of these though…maybe I’ll try it on one of those.

I’m thinking a Red, White and Blue tablecloth for the 4th of July.  What do you think??


Happy Saturday everyone!

From Milo and Me :-)


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  1. Marla says

    I have a friend that just had a baby. I think I may line the back with a soft fabric and no filler. I think they’ll love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ayshela says

      you can get really cute flannel sheets that hold up well to washing, if you’re looking for a fairly inexpensive yet soft backing. =)

  2. Marilyn says

    39 years ago as a newly wed with no $$$ I pieced together a bandana shower curtain with red bandanas (sewing GIANT white Rik Rak over the seams). I used my button hole attachment on the sewing machine to make holes for the shower curtain rings…it looked great in our red, black & white bathroom!

    If you wanted to use it as a drapery, you could forego the button holes and use the curtain rings with the clips. (not just for the boys’ rooms either…pink, lavender, blue, yellow green…cute colors for a girl’s room!). Experiment with sewing the bandanas on the diagonal, using half bandanas to fill in around the edges.

    So fun! Thanks, Jillee, for taking me on a walk down memory lane!

    • says

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    • says

      My guess is yes, it will likely be crwoedd. That’s the start of the park’s five day Thanksgiving run. The local kids will be out of school and headed to the park for the day before going to grandma’s house the next day to celebrate the holiday. But don’t kid yourself, chances are that all five days will likely be pretty busy.

  3. Jessica says

    I look forward to your ” one good thing ” everyday! I found you on Pintrest with your Laundry Soap and loved your blog from the get- go ( somewhere around 2am that Pintesting adventure) I haves talked about you and your blog ever since. I was thrilled when you were on GTU so I could tell all my GFs that you were the one I had been talking about forever!
    Well I just love this bandana blanket it is super cute! This could be the sewing project I am brave enough to try. I am not crafty but I aspire to be, don’t believe the rumors I’m not crafty! Look out kitchen table- the sewing machine is on its way ! Thanks Jillee I love your guts out!

  4. Pam says

    This is so cute and I have always loved blue and black together so will try to get those colors. One in patriotic colors,too for 4 th of July at the beach. I use bandanas for napkins all the time. Did you get a new photo for your bio?

  5. says

    For those looking for bandanas, I just checked out AnneLiese’s tutorial and she gives a link to a place you can buy them cheap on line!

    I keep forgetting that I want to make some of these. I would love to do one in red/white/blue for patriotic holidays, maybe a multi-colored pastel one as a table cover for birthday parties… the possibilities truly are endless!

  6. says

    My goodness this is a cute idea! Tis might actually motivate me to pull out the sewing machine my mom bought me in…um…August. Very fun for this potluck picnic lovin’ mom.

  7. Demaroge says

    Now I know why the bandanna selection in our local stores has diminished….everyone is reading online from Jillee, Pinterest and others….and rushing to make bandanna projects! I was planning on making a pillow slip and throw pillows for my daughter’s bed and couldn’t find the color I need.

    Pillow slip, throw pillows, quilt on top….I can make an entire bed linen set with bandannas. Could even toss in a valance for good measure! ;)

  8. Stephanie says

    My mom made one of these using Harley-Davidson bandanas they picked up at various places across the US. She used a black sheet as a backing with no filler. It turned out amazing, and surprisingly, it was relatively warm as well! It was made when I was in 7th grade…I’m 34 now, and its still being used!!! Great idea!!!