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Bandanas for Dogs - Easy to Make

Updated on February 5, 2016

Make a Bandana for Rescue Dogs!

I've been sewing for decades but I'd never had an opportunity or reason to sew dog bandanas until a few years ago. The local Humane Society sometimes outfit their rescue dogs in doggie bandanas. I decided sewing bandanas would be something I could contribute.

Of the resources found online, a tutorial found on Childmade was the dog bandana template I chose (with slight modifications) to make a bandana for dogs. You can make a bandana for dogs by sewing a few straight seams. It's really as simple as that. This is a worthwhile diy project which can be completed by those with all levels of expertise in sewing.

This page outlines the steps I used to make my first dog bandanas. This style of dog scarf has a simple casing for the dog collar to slip through which is a very practical and safe design for the animal. I opted to make the dog bandanas with doubled fabric which should hopefully lengthen their usefulness.

(On a personal note....our dear dog in the picture, Lana, is a rescue dog and she is the absolute best and most loving pet we've ever known. Do yourself a favor....run to your nearest animal shelter and ADOPT A RESCUE PET!)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Choose washable cotton or cotton blend fabrics to make dog bandanas.

Make a Bandana for Dogs in Different Sizes - Small, Med, Large and Extra Large (not shown)

Make Small, Med, Large Dog Bandanas
Make Small, Med, Large Dog Bandanas

The sizing of the initial fabric blocks for the dog bandanas was a little confusing at first. Obviously, the size of the dog collar is relative to the size of the dog. So, measuring the standard "height" of dog collars (top to bottom edge - NOT the length of the collar), I decided to create fabric blocks for dog bandanas in the following measurements:

To make Small dog bandanas: Cut two blocks 6" square (for the skinniest collars)

To make Medium dog bandanas: Cut two blocks 8" square

To make Large dog bandanas: Cut two blocks 10" square (for collars around 1" or larger...our dog in pic is wearing a Lg size)

To make Extra Large dog bandanas: Cut two blocks 11" square

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 1
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 1

Make a Bandana for Dogs - Step 1

Once the initial fabric square is cut make sure to lay the two blocks on top of each other with WRONG sides touching. (It's important both sides visible are the right side or "dress side" of the fabric.)

With this style of dog bandana, you will need to construct a casing for the dog collar to slip through upon completion. To do this, fold in two opposing corners of the two-layer fabric square and press with an iron. Here's how to decide how far to fold in these corners......

Look closely at the picture above and you'll see I've placed slips of paper near one corner of each of the squares. Point the tip of the corner towards the center of the square and using a measuring tape measure SIDE to SIDE until the length of the fold is 2" for Small, 3" for Medium and 4" for both Large and Extra Large.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Dog Bandanas Step 2
Dog Bandanas Step 2

Make a Dog Bandana - Step 2

With a straight stitch, sew close to the edge of both inverted corners. Backstitch at beginning and ending to secure.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Cinderella

Cinderella in DIY Dog Bandana
Cinderella in DIY Dog Bandana

Lovely Cinderella at the Hawaiian Humane Society wearing her dog bandana!

(Photo credit Kreative K9 Photography via Hawaiian Humane Society)

Make a Dog Bandana Step 3
Make a Dog Bandana Step 3

Make a Bandana for Dogs - Step 3

The dog bandana fabric square should be smoothed out flat with the sewn corners facing UP towards you before completing next step.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Making a Bandana for Dogs Step 4
Making a Bandana for Dogs Step 4

Make a Dog Scarf - Step 4

Fold fabric square in half with raw sewn corner edges visible to you. Press with iron. (Don't worry if sides don't meet exactly.....this is not a rocket we're building. Remember we are making a bandana for dogs.) =)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Dog Bandana
Make a Dog Bandana

This is How NOT TO Make a Bandana for Dogs

The Oooooops Step

Just wanted to demonstrate how NOT to fold the fabric squares. You'll notice the raw sewn corners edges are facing the inside? (I'm showing you this because I myself wasn't paying attention and actually folded AND sewed the bandana together incorrectly the first time.) So DON'T DO THIS! ha :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 5
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 5

Make a Bandana for Dogs - Step 5

Sew a 1/4" seam along raw edges of the fabric triangle. (From bottom edge of right side folder corner to bottom edge of left side folded corner.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 7
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 7

Make a Dog Bandana - Step 6

Turn dog bandana using the opening in one of the folded corners.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 8
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 8

Make a Bandana for Dogs - Step 7

Once dog bandana is turned, press flat with iron before proceeding to next step.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Mooshoo

Mooshoo in Dog Bandana
Mooshoo in Dog Bandana

Adorable Mooshoo at the Hawaiian Humane Society wearing her dog bandana!

(Photo credit Kreative K9 Photography via Hawaiian Humane Society)

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 9
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 9

Make a Bandana for Dogs - Step 8

To form the casing for the dog collar, I used a pencil and ruler to draw a straight line from the bottom of one corner fold to the other and running parallel to the top fold of the dog bandana.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 10
Make a Bandana for Dogs Step 10

Make a Dog Bandana - Final Step

At sewing machine, stitch exactly along the pencil line drawn in previous step. This stitch creates the casing for the dog collar to slip through to complete the dog bandana.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Make a Bandana for Dogs - in colorful, cotton fabric!

Bandanas for Dogs
Bandanas for Dogs

To make a bandana for dogs, choose a washable cotton fabric in design and color of your choice. For the rescue dogs at the Humane Society, bright cheerful colors are great, but I'm sure they would gladly accept dog bandanas in any color.

These dog bandanas are easy to remove from the collar and launder when needed. (The double sided fabric allows the dog bandana to be flipped over if one side gets soiled before laundry day.) I feel this design is also very safe for the animals because the collar is slipped through the casing. There are no ties to worry about the dog catching on something nor do you have to worry about losing the dog scarf.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

A Bandana for Every Season!

Seasonal Dog Bandana Collar, Set of 6
Seasonal Dog Bandana Collar, Set of 6

This is a great deal for those of you who don't sew!

 

Will you be making a bandana for dogs?

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      Julie 3 weeks ago

      Thank you for the pattern and instructions! This works just as well, if not better, with just one square of fabric, at least for small ones! :)

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      Debi 17 months ago

      Thanks for these great instructions and pictures. I do have a question...why do you cut two squares...I can't quite figure out why the need for two...thank you.

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      Janet 19 months ago

      I like this method! It's so much nicer than a bandana that has to be tied. Could I suggest that you take new photos while making a bandana where the two squares are a different solid color? In these photos with the red print it is very difficult to see what's going on. Once I figured it out everything turned out fine but new folks to your directions might appreciate it. Thanks for sharing your method.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      You're most welcome! :)

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      charlene 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Whipped one up in 10 min last night! I will try a 12" square for my Labrador Retriever.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Great project! I have some grand-dogs that might look good in these...

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      emilytjohnson 3 years ago

      I'm not really crafty, but I think I should try this. Thanks for the easy and detailed instructions. My babies will surely love this.

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      Vincent Fleming 3 years ago from Indiana

      Have sent your Lens to my wife. She has been crafty lately.

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      2envelopparadox 3 years ago

      nice lens

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Qwackers: I slide our dog's collar through the casing from the side of the collar with the holes. That way I don't have to worry about her tags squeezing through the casing. Thank you for sewing for the homeless animals too. YAY!!!

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      Qwackers 3 years ago

      I made this for my dog following the easy instructions. It turned out great except there wasn't quite enough room in the collar channel to get his dog tags through without removing them from his collar so made my second try just a little bit wider to allow for that. I will be following your lead and making a bunch of these for our local shelter. Great idea!!

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      Zienna1 3 years ago

      My Sally will look very nice with this.I'll put a note in my diary to sew one for her and her best friend Casey before Winter comes. Thank you.

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      hosibinh 3 years ago

      so easy, so beautiful

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      Jess Martell 3 years ago

      Will be looking into this more. My roommate just recently got a dog and looks good with bandanas

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      RuthieDenise 3 years ago

      This is such a nice lens and what a great idea. There are ways we can all help.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      It is strange to think of a dog needing a scarf. My Mini (unfortunately no longer with me) never wore a collar and I don't think she would have tolerated a bandana, You certainly have done a good job in explaining how to make them and I am sure many will be doing just that before long. Well done lens and worthy of a purple star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I don't sew but I imagine Bruno would love for me to make him one of these bandanas

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Was looking at the dog coats for my German Shepherd orange colour one is cute.

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      Torrs13 3 years ago

      So cute! I think I need to make one for my sweet puppy, Layla!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @thecrochetcubby: YAY! :)

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      thecrochetcubby 3 years ago

      I pulled out my sewing machine today for a project that I am now putting on hold to make a doggie bandana!

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens. Every dog deserves his or her own bandana. A dog just would not be complete without one.

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      ChenB 4 years ago

      Gotta admit, these are dog-gone cute. I always loved the look of a bandana around a dog's neck. Your doggie looks so sweet. I think it's great that you make these banadanas for rescue dogs. Great job here, with nice clear photos. Thanks for the instructions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Send me your email entitled foster adopt me collars. Have a no sew idea. wwjd 1159@bellsouth.net

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, absolutely - that is why I'm reading your great step-by-step instructions! She (our Bichon Frise, Coquette) wears bandanas but needs a better variety!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this pattern. I'm going to give it a try.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for this great idea. One of my online friend's dog has just been diagnosed with cancer and she was asking for bandanas for him to wear every day, a different one. This was easy to make and I am hoping Joey will like it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Both my dogs love their bandannas. I've never thought of making them myself though, but will have to start now. .

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is such a cute idea!

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      Ted Bergman 4 years ago

      I made a red bandana for Jake, my JRT puppy. I wish I had a way to post the picture for you to see. I noticed in your bio that you believe anything that benefits animals is a worthy cause. So, I'm going to take the liberty of asking you, when you get a moment, to take a look at my lens, "A New Dog and Cat Comedy TV Show", which will raise lots of money for dog and cat charities. Hope you don't finfd this too pushy. And, thanks for an informative lens and some great pictures. - Ted

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Pam Irie: Thanks so much! That makes a lot of sense. Oh, and sorry for the double post before- I didn't realize I did that.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @anonymous: Hi Carol! That's a good question, however, because I make these to donate to shelters and rescue groups, I prefer to DOUBLE the fabric which actually lengthens the "lifetime" of each bandana because they are washed so frequently. The single fabric bandanas don't hold up as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great! I was wondering why the need for 2 squares of fabric each? They can be made the same way using just one square of fabric as long as you fold and sew them the correct way. Is it just to add the thickness? I have made them both ways, and was thinking it would be much quicker and less costly to use just one square if making a bunch of them for shelters, animal rescue groups and pups in foster homes. Just curious if it would be a problem to make them this way. Thanks so much for the tutorial! This is awesome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great! I was wondering why the need for 2 squares of fabric each? They can be made the same way using just one square of fabric as long as you fold and sew them the correct way. Is it just to add the thickness? I have made them both ways, and was thinking it would be much quicker and less costly to use just one square if making a bunch of them for shelters, animal rescue groups and pups in foster homes. Just curious if it would be a problem to make them this way. Thanks so much for the tutorial! This is awesome!

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      I'll bookmark this so I can make it as a welcome present for Sally. She's coming to our family very soon. We've just adopted a five year old Labrador. I can't wait to make this for her. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      SO, CUTE, i loved it, well keep this style for a dog. thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you know how to sew, I bet you can get a used sewing machine for maybe $50-$60. Look in the classified of your newspaper, look at Salvation Army,other chairities, advertise for one in your Churc Bulletin. Puta sign up if zGrocery Store has a bulletin Board. Sewing machine shops sell the used machines that they have taken in trade when someone is buying a better machine. Those are repaired, cleaned, etc. WalMart sells them, too. I know their is a website on line where people post specifically to sell sewing ma hines.

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      okajewelry 4 years ago

      looks very simple to do a bandana , I will try to make some for my poodle follow you . thanks ~!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I dont have a sewing machine, wish I could find someone to make them and then have it say adopt me on them so my fosters can wear them..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will be making some for my daughters dog, Lucy- great dane-boxer mix, looks cute in these & costumes

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I am not sure about it but i like the idea :)

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      gin001 4 years ago

      Loved your lens! I have two wonderful dogs. Might try my hand at making one. Thanks for sharing.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Whew! So glad I'm not in Hawaii! Cinderella would have been my girl. I can see it in her eyes. You're blessed, I'm blessed and I'm hoping Cinderella's fairy tale ending comes true.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Nice and wonderful lens.

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      Sure thing! This is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      This lens is next to awesomeness! Think my dog needs one now...ah wait, would it look good on my poodle xD

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      What a neat idea. They do look nice.

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      jcairney 5 years ago

      Not one for dressing animals up...but they are cute¬

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are great instructions and the dogs are so cute in their bandanas.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sweet little dog bandanas. Thanks for sharing your step-by-step tutorial on the same. Great way you found to contribute. Blessings! :)

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      We love our bandana. The collar slip on idea is so much safer than a knotted bandana that might get caught on something. And, it looks great -- all nicely finished and reversible. So stylish! This is a great project and who wouldn't love all the dog pictures?

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      These look cool. Might have a go at making one for my parent's terrier. I think he would like quite cute in a red coloured one.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is what I wrote on Facebook: "Dogs. Dressed up cute. Need I say more?" Very cool, and your life living in Hawaii - helping Hawaiian dogs, that sounds pretty fun!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great Lens with great resources!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderful way to share the love for animals.

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      music226 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!

      I'm new to Squidoo, and I just published my first lens! I would really help me out if you checked it out. It is:

      http://www.squidoo.com/feel-the-beat

      Thanks, I would really appreciate some views. :)

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      vacationcontent 5 years ago

      Great lens. I don't have a dog, but I have 2 cats. I think I'm gonna make bandanas for my cats. Wish me luck!

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      bidzinger 5 years ago

      Wonderful idea! These bandanas are beautiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      useful info thanks for sharing this

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      Loveboncyboutique 5 years ago

      Wow, so beautiful bandanas. I gonna make it for my sister's dog.

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      kristine100 5 years ago

      beautiful bandanas for beautiful dogs!

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      jakethesnakeinalake 5 years ago

      Great lens!

      Be sure to check out my article:

      http://www.squidoo.com/u-s-involvement-in-afghanis...

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I think I am in love with Cinderella!

      Wonderful lens, we support our local dogs home by gifts at christmas, etc and blankets and other linen suitable for bedding, etc. My son and his wife have recently taken on a rescued Lurcher which they have called Dante. The home sells doggie clothes to help support its work. Dante is the best dressed dog i have come across, he even has his own Facebook page. Great lens - Blessed

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I like to do it the easy way, just tuck it in their collar tight!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      Maybe one for our goat. :) We don't have a dog. Super cute!

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      That's cute!

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      zerseus 5 years ago

      wow, nice lance. I like the dog picture, and the scarf are really sweet!.

      Thank you for your work!

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      Bash51214 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens.. thanks for sharing it.. God Bless You...

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      Bash51214 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens.. thanks for sharing it.. God Bless You...squidfree

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Very cute and great instructions. Congrats on the front page!!

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Hehe, super cute :) Thanks for sharing.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I love that you showed how *not* to do it, too! :) Bandanas are a great idea for the big "scary-looking" dogs who are looking for homes, because that little touch of fashion makes them look so much more like pet dogs - makes it easier for people to visualize them as their pets and just that little bit more open to the idea of adopting them.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      We recently found a little white pup who needed a home and my parents took her home. She was left behind when a pet store went bankrupt and my dad was recovering from 2 surgeries. Mom needed something to take care of besides worrying about dad (he is ok now by the way and loves Lilly as much as mom). Anyways we also bought mom a sewing machine for Christmas so I will share your lens with her so she can make Lilly some pretty bandanas. I love your choice of colors.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are great!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Congratulations, Pam, on the front page feature!!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      would be i will do it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can see the big smiles on dog's faces as they go out in their new bandana's and look at themselves in every window with an little extra prance in their steps! Congratulations on a front page feature!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Yes! I'll be making it for my dog and his friends for his birthday party. Great idea!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      When I fostered, I had 3 collars made with "Adopt me!" on them. Whenever I took my foster dog with me, I'd put on that collar so people automatically knew the dog was available to a loving home. Fostering dogs, along with caregiving for Mom, was the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Excellent lens, Pam, and very blessed.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Yes, yes I will.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Yes, yes I will.