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DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures: No Sewing Tutorial

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In this post, we are going to show you how to make a scarf or bandanna for action figures. There is NO sewing required, and it’s VERY easy to make. If you have zero crafting skills, you can still do this. Don’t forget to save this post to Pinterest so you have the instructions for later! Just click on the Pinterest button at the top or bottom of this post.

Creating your own custom clothing for action figures does not have to be difficult. If you want various outfits for your action figures, it can be time consuming to search for exactly what you want. Or, it can be pretty costly to have someone custom make them for you. Making them yourself will save you money and time. Once you learn the basics, you can modify the pattern and customize it. We’ll go over more complicated pieces of clothing in another post.

Why a Scarf or Bandanna?

Not only does adding a scarf or bandanna to your action figure give it more life-like detail, but it can help hide parts of the figure you don’t want exposed, like the neck. Let’s say you have a custom head made, and it doesn’t quite fit the body you want to attach it to. If the head to body proportion is a little bit off, a scarf is a great way to hide that.

Here’s an example:

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

As you can see, our guy looks much better with the bandanna.

Ready to start? You just need a few basic materials, and you probably have most of them at home. If not, they are linked for you below.

Materials Needed

  • Cloth of choice (A cotton linen shirt works great for making bandannas. You can even use your old T-shirt!)
  • Scissors (Make sure they are nice and sharp…it will be much easier to cut the fabric)
  • Marker or pen
  • Ruler or tape measure

Optional items:

DIY Scarf or Bandanna Instructions

Don’t forget to save this post to Pinterest so you have the instructions for later! Just click on the Pinterest button at the top or bottom of this post.

Note: These instructions were created using a 1/12 scale figure for reference. Approximations for 1/6 scale and 1/18 scale figures are also listed below.

1. Get your fabric, pen and ruler out. We’re going to be creating a square piece of fabric. For a 1/12 scale figure (as pictured above), we made a 4×4 inch square. Experiment with slightly different sized squares depending what look you want.

Approximations for fabric size: 

  • 1/6 scale figure: 7×7 inch square
  • 1/12 scale figure: 4×4 inch square
  • 1/18 scale figure: 1.5×1.5 inch square

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

2. Once you measure out 4 inches, use your pen to mark two perpendicular lines as shown, 4 inches on each side. You can draw an entire square if you want, but it’s not necessary as you will see in the next step.

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

3. Fold the fabric over diagonally so that the lines you marked are still showing. This will make cutting the square much easier.

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

4. Making sure the fabric stays folded as in step 3, carefully cut along the lines. If you want, you can take a safety pin and pin the layers of fabric together while you cut. You’ll end up with a nice square. We made two squares in this photo…just because.

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

5. You are pretty much done here! Super easy, right? A square is all you need for a bandanna because you would fold it in half diagonally before you tie it. But, if you want a lighter, less bulky bandanna, go ahead and cut the square diagonally as shown below. You’ll end up with two triangular scarves.

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

6. Optional step: If you use a fabric that tends to fray (like the linen we used), you can use the fray sealant/fabric glue to prevent fraying. If you want a more ragged, worn look, just leave the ends frayed! To do this, carefully apply a little bit of fray sealant/fabric glue to the edges of the fabric. You can apply it directly, or use a small paintbrush to dab it on. The solution will dry clear and flexible so your fabric will not be stiff.

DIY Scarf or Bandanna for Action Figures

And that’s it! Now you can use it to style as a scarf, head bandanna, arm band, etc.

Have questions about any of our tutorials? Did you get a chance to try it yourself? We would love to hear from you/see your work! Leave us a comment or shoot us an email at covaxtoyphotography@gmail.com!

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