DIY Convertible Travel Wrap

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

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.


DIY ConvertibleTravel 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.

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

Sew the slights like a giant button-hole using the zigzag stitch.

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

Cut the large “button-hole” open.

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

Attach the buttons at the designated corner.

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

Sew button-holes at the other corners.

DIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap

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)  .

DIY ConvertibleTravel WrapDIY ConvertibleTravel Wrap


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14 thoughts on “DIY Convertible Travel Wrap

  1. I love your instructions, thanks so much for sharing. However, I need HELP! What am I missing? The width of your hips is 12 inches? You look very small, but 12 inches? I’m thinking you mean something different than I do. When I measure my hips the tape measure goes around my body at hip level. Even at my smallest (which I am far from now) my hips were 36 inches (3feet). So, assuming I was still smaller, would I want 15inches (5X3) feet of fabric, or am I missing something? Or doing the math wrong? Math is not my strong suit. 🙂 Thanks

    1. Hi Nita! I’m so happy to hear that you’re making your own travel wrap and reaching out to get some clarification. When I say width of my hips I am measuring from one hip bone to the other only in the front, not all around my body. I am not measuring the circumference of my hips which is definitely much bigger than 12 inches.
      So let’s say your hip width is 15 inches, you would want 45 inches of fabric bc (15 x 3 = 45).That is 3.75 feet of fabric that you will need. Hope this all helps, I’d love to see the finished results! Feel free to email me at or give me a shout on any of my social media accounts 🙂

  2. hi, thanks for the information. I am not sewing savvy. But i wish to try. May i know how many inch away to mark the slits vertically? and how big normally the slits should be.

    1. Hi Bay! If you know how to sew a straight zig-zag stitch you’ll be able to do this DIY. I chose to make the 12 inches long and placed them in the middle of the wrap, so I measured 12 inches in. You can choose to make the arm holes anywhere between 10 inches to 14 inches. I hope this helps, happy crafting!

  3. Thanks so much for this great tutorial! My question is related to Bay’s…. I see why you went in 12″ from the sides to make the slits, but did you also go down 12″ from the top to begin the buttonhole slits? Thank you!

    1. Hi Dbai! Thanks for giving this tutorial a try! I measured it so that my armholes were in the middle of the wrap, so I had put my 12″ armholes 18″ in from the top and bottom because my wrap is 48″ long. Your measurements may differ from mine depending on how long you want yours to be. If you have a specific length that you’re working with, let me know and I can crunch the numbers for you. Happy sewing! 🙂

      1. Ahh- I get it! Thanks! 🙂 I understood the 12″ in from the sides as that would have been between the panels (had you made it in 3 panels like you explained at the beginning), but I just hadn’t understood the “middle” you mentioned as centering the middle of the 12″ slits in the vertical middle of the fabric (so, in your case, 24″ down)! Thank you! 😀

  4. I love the wrap; however, I find the diagram at the top very difficult to interpret. The 12″ slits look like they’re a couple of inches from the bottom, not in the middle of the wrap as you describe in your response to one of the comments above. At first glance, the 36″ looks like a slit since you drew it the same as the slits. I’m going to give it a try ….fingers crossed.

  5. Success! I made it for a friend I’m meeting for lunch and I’m sure she’ll love it. Thank you for the inspiration. I’ll be making more!

  6. I’m very much looking forward to making this! I am curious why the buttons are on opposite corners? I’m thinking of potentially using larger wooden buttons, but don’t want it to look odd.

    1. Hi there, I’m so happy to hear you’ve inspired to make your own! I put them on opposite corners so the buttons would balance each other out. I didn’t want the weight of the buttons to weigh down one side of the back side of the wrap when I wore it as a long cardigan. The opposite positions are also important for when you want to convert the wrap to its other variations!