I’m planning on traveling quite a bit over the summer and early fall this year. I’m actually planning a two month trip to Europe later this year. With long trips that means packing versatile clothing that travels well (no one likes wrinkles or ironing) and can be easily washed (no dry clean only items). I’ve seen the Bina Brianca wrap before and thought it was genius, however I was not so happy with the price tag. But luckily enough I found several tutorials on how to make one for a fraction of the price. The tutorials I found all required more sewing that I wanted or thought needed to happen so I thought I’d share my version of the DIY convertible travel wrap.
2 yards of a knit jersey fabric – You may be smaller or bigger than me so scale the amount of up or down accordingly. Look at my math and do your own before purchasing your fabric.
Sewing Machine + Button-hole foot + Coordinating Thread – you can technically create button holes without the specific foot, but it’s just so much easier with one.
Two buttons – I chose clear ones that were light weight and easily blended into my fabric.
Scissors + Straight Pins
I used Fine Craft Guide’s tutorial and measured myself. Instead of cutting three panels to sew together, I decided to buy a large piece of fabric equivalent to the three panels.
So let’s do some math to figure out how much fabric to get:
Middle panel is 3x hip width, two side panels are each a hip width wide= length 5x hip width= length of your fabric.
Width of fabric = length of your favorite long cardigan = mine is about 4 feet long.
Example: width of hips are 12 inches = 1 foot. So I needed to buy 5 feet (or 1.66 yards) of jersey knit fabric that is about 48 wide.
Instead of sewing the three panels together with slits left for armholes, measure out where the openings should be on the one piece of fabric and marked them with straight pins. I made my slits 12 inches instead of the 14 estimated in the tutorial.
Sew the slights like a giant button-hole using the zigzag stitch.
Cut the large “button-hole” open.
Attach the buttons at the designated corner.
Sew button-holes at the other corners.
Use the Bina Brianca pdf booklet for instructions on how convert your new wrap into the many variations. My favorites are the scarf (so easy to figure out haha), the long cardigan (pictured above) and short cardigans (pictured underneath) .