A Bunch of Bandanas by Color & Design
Bandanas are More Than Just Colorful Pieces of Cloth
If you’ve come to this page, you probably know how handy a bandana can be. You’ve probably either blown your nose into one — oh, so much softer and certainly longer-lasting than a flimsy piece of tissue — or taken a bandana bath at your campsite after a day of hiking. Or maybe you’ve grabbed a bandana to lift a hot pan off the stove in a hurry or used one as a coffee filter in the backcountry. Or cleaned your sunglasses or your windshield or … well, I could get carried away with the many uses of the versatile bandana.
As an avid outdoorsperson, I never hit the trail without at least one bandana and usually more than that. But you don’t have to be a hiker or anywhere near the backcountry to make good use of a simple, colorful square of cloth.
Here, you’ll find all sorts of colorful bandanas, grouped by print types and color as well as some random cool patterns I found.
Like this funky bandana pictured here? Check it out: 60s Paisley Tie Dye Bandana
I’ve picked out a bunch of my favorite bandanas on Amazon and grouped them for you for easy perusal.
Click on the images below for pricing and ordering information, and to get a closer look at the prints.
More Tie Dye Bandanas
Cool and colorful retro cloths
Read the History of Bandanas
They’ve been around for more than two centuries.
Paisley is the classic bandana type of print, but there are many variations. Here’s a sampling….
Click on a paisley bandana thumbnail for price and ordering, along with other color choices….
Pick Up a Package of Paisely Bandanas in 12 Different Colors
Bandanas can be used as party favors, inexpensive goodies to give at random to your friends, to bundle up candy for the kids … all sorts of creative uses for these squares of cotton fabric. Use your imagination.
Maybe you’ll have your red booger-wiper bandana, while the green is for bandana baths and the blue paisley for a head cover or a headband for sweat control or sun protection. There’s no rule against color-coding your bandanas or you can even use one for everything. Nice, huh!
One N or Two?
Is it bandana or bandanna?
Merriam-Webster says either is fine … although they do seem to prefer the double-N with “bandana” as an acceptable variation.
I like the single N myself.
Camouflage Print Bandanas
Not that any of these will blend right in…
A Bunch of Uses for Bandanas
Her Bandana — Forty Travel Uses
Other Cool Bandanas I Came Across
Carry a multiuse square of cloth that really stands out….
Bandanas by Color
A Roundup of Red Bandanas
Here’s an assortment of red bandanas for you to look at, in all sorts of pattens and prints and even one that’s plain.
I’m partial to red bandanas myself. I always have at least one in my backpack, for sweat control or blowing my nose or any number of other uses on the trail, in camp, or wherever else I happen to be. Specifically, it’s paisley red bandanas that I prefer.
First, A Related Short Story
There are many 9/11 stories from World Trade Center survivors, including those who talk about a man in a red bandana who helped them escape with their lives.
Read the story and watch the video: 9/11′s Man in the Red Bandana Gave His Life for Others in the WTC South Tower
This is a Red Bandana Shaped Like a Tube
For multiple uses and configurations
You can wear this as a headband, a balaclava, a skull cap, neckerchief, a hair band, and more. See the examples below….
Here are various ways you can wear and use this bandana…
A Bunch of Yellow Bandanas
That’s Yellow BanDANas, Not Bananas
As an avid hiker, I’ve always got one of these in my pocket, at least one in my backpack, and sometimes another on my head or hanging from my wrist, tucked in my watch band for easy access if it’s really hot, humid and sweaty.
Bandanas may look like “just squares of fabric” to some folks, but to me their very handy, multi-use pieces of gear.
You can wipe a runny nose, mop the sweat off your brow, take a bandana bath at the end of the hiking day. You can use one of these handy colorful cloths to pre-filter water with lots of sediment. You can use it in a pinch for a pot-holder. It can keep the sun off your head or cool your neck, and the cowboys use it to keep the dust out of their noses and mouths and from going down their shirts.
And those are just a handful of the many things you can do with “just a square of fabric.”
A Cooling Yellow Bandana
You can wear this 1-3/4″ wide by 38″ long coolie tie around your head or neck. Just soak it in cool water for a few minutes and put it on. It won’t bunch up and doesn’t use any kind of cooling beads to do its thing. This band is made of a unique fabric, great for running, hiking, biking or playing sports in the heat.
Did You Know There’s a Cowboy Song Called “The Yellow Bandana”?
Sung by Faron Young
This is the story of the yellow bandana,
A handsome young soldier and the girl named Rosana….
A Gathering of Green Bandanas
You can use a bandana (of any color) to mop the sweat from your brow and wash off the dirt from a day on the trail.
That same bandana can also be used for signaling, as a tourniquet, a neck gaitor for cold weather, or a pot holder in a pinch.
You can drench a bandana in cold water and wrap it around your head or neck for the cooling effect or to block the sun.
Bandanas can be handy for collecting wild edibles, as first aid slings or as cordage by making strips.
Use a bandana to pad a hotspot, as a towel or waist pack, a dish rag, a napkin or a pre-filter when treating water in the backcountry.
Bandanas can clean eyeglasses, show team colors, dry dishes, and even double as ear muffs and eye patches.
And the list goes on.
If you can do it with a large square of cloth, might as well make it a colorful one and do it with a bandana. In this case, a green bandana or mostly green (or even sorta green) bandana, like these….
A Bounty of Blue Bandanas
Check out these….
A Plethora of Purple Bandanas
While red is the most common color in my own bandana collection, I do have a special purple bandana that I’ve carried with me for more than ten years, ever since my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. And it doesn’t seem to have lost any of its color, even after so many washings. It’s just a really soft purple bandana.
A Bonanza of Black Bandanas
Bandage a wound, sling in an injured arm, or bind a splint. Wipe off the sweat and wash off the dirt. Cover up to keep off the sun or make an ice pack, an eye patch, a pot holder or dish towel. You can do all of this and more with a bandana. And a black one at that.
How To Make Cool Stuff Out of Bandanas
How to Make a Bandana Quilt
The colorful, pieced-together look of many bandanas sewn into a quilted pattern is always a treat to see.
How to Make a Skirt out of Bandanas
Because bandanas are already hemmed, the only sewing involved in making a skirt out of them is the side seams. In less than an hour, you can have a new skirt to wear out of colorful bandanas.
How to Make a Bandana Bracelet
When your bandanas start to wear thin, you can still use for them by repurposing. Using the fabric from your bandanas, you can create a colorful, casual bracelet and give your bandanas new life.
How to Make Tie Caps from Bandanas
Whether you want to make a fashion statement or just want to protect your head from the sun, you can easily master the method of putting on a tied bandana cap (also known as a skull cap) with a little practice.