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Bandanas for Dogs - Easy to Make

Updated on February 05, 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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      Debi 12 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 14 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 2 years ago

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

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      emilytjohnson 2 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 2 years ago from Indiana

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

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      2envelopparadox 2 years ago

      nice lens

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      Pam Irie 2 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 2 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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