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The "Bina" - The most versatile and easiest to sew garment you'll own and make!


I came across this garment  called the "Bina" yesterday and, yes, maybe I am a little slow on this one, but in case you haven't seen it, I thought I'd feature it at  


The Bina is nothing more than a piece of fabric two to three yards long with a couple of cleverly positioned slits for both your arms and head.  As far as I am concerned this should be every beginner's first project and NOT a Christmas tree skirt or an apron.  "Just sayin'".  


Check it out:


According to the official Bina web site, you can wear it a multitude of ways by simply changing up how it is wrapped.  You can wear it as a back wrap, blouse, cardigan, front wrap, headscarf, poncho, scarf, shrug, stole, and more styles.  That's a lot of clothing for two to three yards of fabric.  


These garments are so easy to make, you could make a bunch as gifts and put them away for each occasion. I would recommend making a Bina using knit fabric with nice draping.  I bought some really nice stretchy grey suiting yesterday to make one for myself.  A "buy one, get two free" sale at the fabric store was just over-the-top tempting.  I know you understand.  ;)  You can learn how to make one over at Fine Craft Guild.  They've written up a great tutorial!  You could serge your edges depending on what type of fabric you've chosen, you might want a nice hem, or simply leave raw edges if you are using a knit fabric since knits won't fray.  It's important that we remember to use a ball-point needle and use a zig-zag stitch, or some sort of stitch that will accommodate a stretch. I once did NOT use a stretch stitch and ruined my pj bottoms.  Here's some video hints for sewing with knits too.


Here is a video showing us how a Bina can be draped to create several styles:




The Bina was something that a young lady by the name of Bina Brianca came up with after cleaning out her over-cramped, undersized NYC closet and was struck by the stacks of scarves and wraps she had accumulated. She loved them, but rarely wore them. She doesn't know what came over her, but in a fit of inspiration, as she herself is, she grabbed a pair of scissors and started cutting.  She had created a versatile fashion solution, as well as an awesome project for any beginner sewer.

Please let me know if you make a Bina, and how it turned out!  If you can take photos, I would love to feature them! 


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Comment by Ani on September 17, 2012 at 8:40pm

Patricia-- The Bina website FAQS states: 

"What sizes do they come in?

Flattering on all figures and is available in one size."

If you plan to make one to fit your figure look at my previous post. 

Best, Ani

Comment by Patricia on September 17, 2012 at 10:22am

is it plus size?

Comment by Ani on September 16, 2012 at 9:21am

Sewbusy- Judging from the photo above, where the woman is holding the garment up in front of her, it appears that the main back panel is approximately 3 times the width of her body, whereas the front panels are approximately a half width of the back panels. The arm holes maybe in the center of the side seams, equal space top and bottom?

I am going through my knits today to see if I have any suitable and with enough yardage, will be a fun garment to wear.

Comment by Sherry Smith on September 15, 2012 at 6:18pm

I love this I think I will make some for the younger generation on my Christmas list

Comment by Sewbusy on September 14, 2012 at 2:32pm

fascinating and BRILLIANT.  Are there dimensions for PLUS size?

Comment by Stormee Bryant on September 14, 2012 at 2:06pm

Wow that is really a great garment. I think I will make my daughter one.

Comment by Susan Ferriola on September 14, 2012 at 1:26pm

That was very cool! And Ari, thank for the Fabric mart tip on the Modal Knits!

Comment by Ani on September 14, 2012 at 9:55am

I purchased a very similar garment from The Gap last fall and love the versatility of the many ways to wear it. The Bina website states the fabric used is Modal knit which is super soft and drapey, I have several sleeping garments I've made from Modal knits, they are so comfy. Fabric Mart has a white modal/lycra blend for 8.99 yd:   Can easily dye this fabric to any shade you wish (don't use Rit, use the fabric dyes the craft/hobby stores sell). 

Comment by arlene lain on September 14, 2012 at 9:18am

how neat and pretty love it. thank you arlene lain

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