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

DIY Dog Bandana

Raise your pet’s fashion quota with this adorable DIY dog bandana.

If you love your pet as much as we loved ours, hopefully, this project doesn’t seem quite as silly. 😂

I would have done just about anything for her, even dress her up a little. And this cute little dog scarf works equally well for your cat, parakeet, or iguana!

Create one for a holiday, birthday, or every day.

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

Kid Sewing Projects

This project is great for beginners who may be new to sewing. It’s small and quick to make, with minimal sewing.

A pet bandana is also a fun and easy craft for you and the kids to make together! It requires very little fabric so it’s inexpensive too. It’s important to be there to help and guide them, of course! 🙂

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.

Dogs in Bandanas

Dress up your pets! Colorful bandanas make a fun way to include your furry friend when celebrating an event, party, or holiday, like the 4th of July!

Bandanas would also be a great product to sew and sell. Choose fun colors, patterns, and prints. Monogram or applique them for a special touch.

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

Jack, Brody, and Cooper

Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern

You can create your own bandana pattern very easily with the instructions below. Then scroll further down the page to “How to Make Dog Bandanas” for step-by-step sewing directions.

Because all dogs and cats obviously vary in size, you will need to adjust the size and possibly the proportions of the pattern pieces to fit your own pet.

Making a Pet Bandana Pattern

The Neck Collar Band

To determine the size of the neck band 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.

Triangle Scarf

To figure out the perfect 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.

There, you now have a custom pet bandana pattern.

IMPORTANT: Add a seam allowance all the way around the neckband piece. 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.

These three sweethearts above were not so easy to coral for a photo, hence the serious look from our Cooper on the left. She was our (10-year-old when this was taken) beloved golden retriever. We lost her last year. She was the best.❤️ At the time, we were also babysitting Brody (7 months) and Jack (8 years). It was a fun and precious memory to be in the company of these three wonderful pups.
Sewing tutorial for this DIY dog bandana, shown on a golden retriever

Selecting your Fabric

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.

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

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

Prewash 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. (Affiliate links are underlined)

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 Subscribe to download
Sewing Machine is not pictured
Closure, such as Velcro tabs or Snaps not pictured

DIY dog bandana project, materials and instructions

How to Make Dog Bandanas 

Below are directions for how to create your Dog Bandana.

First, 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.

1. Fold the neck collar 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.

2. 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

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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8 comments on “DIY Dog Bandana

  1. 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.

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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.😃

    1. 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 triangles. (2) A neckband. You can download the 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!😃

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