Golden retriever with a DIY dog bandana on for the 4th of July

DIY Dog Bandana

If you love your pet as much as we love ours, hopefully, this project doesn’t seem quite as silly. Raise your pet’s fashion quota with this DIY dog bandana.

I would do just about anything for my puppy even dress her up a little. Works equally well for your cat, parakeet, or iguana! 

This project is great for beginners who may be new to sewing. It’s also a fun and easy craft for you and the kids to make together. 

It requires very little fabric so it’s inexpensive. I bought my fabric at Hobby Lobby, where they do NOT have minimum yardage requirements, in short, you can buy exactly what you need down to the inch. No wasted money or fabric.

 

Sewing tutorial for this DIY dog bandana, shown on a golden retriever

 

Making a Pet Bandana Pattern

You will need to determine how big you want your bandana. This is completely up to you, obviously, there are no rules.

There are 2 different pattern shapes; a triangle and a long rectangle for the neckband.

First, create a triangle for the main piece. Decide how wide you want the triangle to run from side to side, in the front of the neck. Then, determine how long you want it to hang down. Draw a triangle from those 3 points.

Use that measurement plus add a seam allowance all the way around. Cut 2 triangles. One for the front and one for the lining.

Next, for the neckband, simply measure your pet’s collar. This is the perfect length with enough overlap for the closure. Take the collar height, and double the height measurement.

Add a seam allowance all the way around the neckband piece. There, you now have a custom pattern.

 

Sewing tutorial for this DIY dog bandana, shown on a golden retriever

Jack, Brody, and Cooper

 

These three sweethearts below were not so easy to coral for a photo, hence the serious looks!

Cooper, on the right, is our 10-year-old golden retriever. We were babysitting for Jack (8 years) and Brody (7 months). What a blast to be in the company of three!

 

 

IMPORTANT: Did you remember to add a seam allowance to your pattern? This is the area between the raw fabric edge and the stitching line on the pieces of material being sewn together.

A seam allowance typically ranges from 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) wide to as much as several inches. It’s up to you how wide you’d like to make yours. I typically use a 5/8 inch (1.5cm) seam allowance.

After you’ve determined the pattern size, you are ready to shop for fabric and materials. Take the pattern to your fabric store. Their staff will help you figure out the best way to lay out the pattern on the fabric and how much fabric you need.

 

Sewing tutorial for this DIY dog bandana, shown on a golden retriever

 

Selecting Your Bandana Fabric

As you shop for fabric, consider a washable or easy-to-clean fabric. For added interest, you might want to contrast the neckband to the dog bandana itself.

 

Golden retriever with a DIY dog bandana on for the 4th of July

 

Prewashing Your Fabric

Once you have your fabric home, pre-wash it. This will prevent future-fit problems if your fabric shrinks.

 

Materials for great craft idea for kids, DIY dog bandana

 

Here are all of the materials that you’ll need…

Dog Bandana Materials & Sewing Supplies

Fabric
Cutting Board or a safe surface to cut
Straight Pins
Matching Thread
Paper Scissors
Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Pencil with Eraser
Straight Edge if you are drawing the pattern out
Pattern Paper or Cardboard for Pattern
Free Pattern Download optional
Sewing Machine not pictured
Closure, such as Velcro tabs or Snaps not pictured

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DIY dog bandana project, materials and instructions

 

DIY Bandana Instructions

Below are directions for how to create your Dog Bandana.

First, it’s time to cut out your fabric. Remember not to rush this step. Take your time, consider the direction of the pattern or stripes so they run the way you want, and make sure you added a seam allowance.

 

step by step instructions for a DIY dog bandana. A fast and easy project for kids.

 

The Neckband of the Dog Bandana

1. To determine the size of the neckband piece, simply measure your pet’s current collar. This is the perfect length with enough overlap for closure in the back.

Now take the collar measure, double the height, plus add a seam allowance all the way around the neckband piece. Cut out your fabric.

Next, fold the band in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides of the fabric together. Press. On the top and bottom, fold and press the raw edges (seam allowances) inward toward the center.

The Triangle, Base of the Dog Bandana

2. To determine the size of the triangle piece, grab a ruler or tape measure, and have your trusty pet by your side.

Decide how wide you want the triangle to run from side to side, in the front of the neck. Then, determine how long you want it to hang down.

Draw a triangle from those 3 points. Use that measurement plus add a seam allowance all the way around. Cut 2 triangles out of fabric, one for the front and one for the lining.

With the right sides of the triangle’s fabric together, stitch the 2 pieces together at the two bottom angles, in one continuous stitch. Backstitch at the beginning and the end to reinforce the stitching.

3. On the wrong side/inside press seams open.

4. Turn the triangle to the right side and press again to finish the edges. Leaving the top of the triangle open and unsewn.

Sewing the Two Bandana Pieces Together

5. Next position the neckband and the triangle pieces, so that the unsewn edge tucks inside of the open band, just within the length of your seam allowance.

6. Pin the neckband closed all the way across, securing the top edge of the triangle within.

 

step by step instructions for a DIY dog bandana. A fast and easy sewing craft for kids.

 

7. To finish both ends of the neckband of the bandana, one at a time, with right sides together, sew a vertical stitch on each end.

Turn both ends out so you have a nicely finished edge. You may need to use a pointed tool to gently unfold the corner so it is square.

8. Press both ends of the neckband.

Finishing the Dog Bandana

9. Topstitch across the lower edge of the neckband. You can topstitch around the triangle too if you prefer.

10. Sew on Velcro tabs or strong snaps for closing mechanisms. Do one final pressing.

 

DIY dog bandana project, materials and instructions

 

You are done. Now, Fido has a fashion accessory. Enjoy your dog bandana!

Please let me know if you try this project in the comment box below. I would love to see what you create!

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Thanks for stopping by!
xo,
Cindy

 

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12 Comments
  • Donna Ondler
    Posted at 18:33h, 31 July Reply

    Cindy “Cooper” looks adorable in his bandana ❤️ I’m sure she has more than one. She is such a sweetheart.
    I love your blog and have things in my shopping cart for my kitchen suggestions.

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 05:16h, 01 August Reply

      Donna, you are sooo sweet. Thanks for visiting. I really appreciate your feedback too! Cooper says “hello…ruff, ruff!”

  • Nancy Lynn Boyd
    Posted at 02:49h, 02 December Reply

    I can’t wait to make a few of these bandana’s for gifts to friends who has pups….

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 04:30h, 02 December Reply

      Nancy, that makes me so happy! I’m sure they will love them! Enjoy. Thanks for your message!

  • cindy munson
    Posted at 04:00h, 04 December Reply

    Hi Carina! You can download a PDF within the post, by clicking the links marked “download”. Just follow the link & password in the email you will receive after signing up. This will subscribe you to my email list. I will also send you the PDF. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 12:38h, 12 April Reply

    Such a cute & easy project, however the printable pattern does not seem to match the size if fabric that you are using. Also some of the pictures are confusing on whether this is a over the collar or bandana with snaps/velcro.

    • cindy
      Posted at 03:12h, 13 April Reply

      Hi Jaclyn, Thank you! I’m sorry you are having trouble. The instructions in the upper part of the post explain everything you are asking. To make it easier, I will also add them to the bottom section, within the numbered instructions. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
      The bandana does stand alone and does not attach to a collar. You can add your own closure methods such as a snap, button, velcro, or safety pin.
      The triangle pattern is a guide, you will need to enlarge or decrease the size on a copier to fit your pet just right. It’s a simple triangle shape, so it may be easier for you to just measure your pet. First, decide how wide you want the bandana triangle to wrap from side to side, in the front of the neck, then determine how long you want it to hang. Draw a triangle from those 3 points.
      For the neckband, simply measure your pet’s current collar. This is usually the perfect length with enough overlap for Velcro, strong snaps, or other closure types. Now take the collar measure, double the height, plus add a seam allowance all the way around the neckband piece.
      I hope that helps to clarify.😃

  • cindy
    Posted at 17:43h, 10 November Reply

    Linda, I’m so sorry you are having trouble! I sent you an email but it bounced. Can you send me an email at hello@bebraveandbloom.com and I will send you a link. The password to the free downloads is also in the subscriber email you received. You do not need to create a password.

  • MissBeeGee
    Posted at 05:21h, 31 July Reply

    Where is the ACTUAL pattern? This would be actually helpful rather than 5 pages of description.

    • cindy
      Posted at 05:59h, 31 July Reply

      I am sorry you are having trouble! Every pet is a different size, so it is best to measure yours to get the best fit. See under “Making a Pet Bandana Pattern” for how to measure. There are just 2 pattern pieces. (1) A triangle, cut 2. (2) A neckband. You can download triangles to print (under “Dog Bandana Materials & Sewing Supplies”), but again you may need to resize them to fit your pet. I hope this helps!😃

  • Tracy Godess
    Posted at 02:27h, 18 October Reply

    I made one super quick tonight . I used kam snap closure .
    Thanks for pattern and instructions.

    • cindy
      Posted at 05:50h, 18 October Reply

      Awesome Tracy! And thanks for the idea. I need one of those Kam systems too!😍

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