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Tie Back Dog Bandana

Date Posted:1 September 2022 

Dog Bandanas are an adorable accessory for your pup, and they are incredibly easy to make. These bandanas can be made one of two ways, and this tutorial follows a simple tie-up bandana.

It would be best to make these bandanas out of a cotton fabric or recycled denim. If you use any other fabric, it may be unsafe for your dog if they chew the fabric. This also goes for decorations/haberdashery. Tassels and pom poms are not recommended as they could be dangerous. In this tutorial, we will be using a printed 100% cotton poplin for our fabric.

This project is great for all sewing levels, from beginner to advanced.

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rasant thread (To match your fabric)
  • Fabric: 30" x WOF in your colour choice
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pins and small clips
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A couple of long rulers (we recommend 24" x 6.5")
  • Measuring tape
  • Water soluble pen
  • 1/4" sewing foot
  • Universal sewing needles
  • Zigzag foot
  • Optional:
    • Embroidery machine
    • Embroidery threads
Dog Bandana Project

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Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Measure your dog's neck to find the length needed.
  2. Add 12-14” (12 for a small knot, 14 for a larger knot) onto the final length to allow enough fabric to tie the back up.
  3. Using your water soluble pen and ruler, draw a rectangle that is the measurement found above, by 8.5” (if your dogs neck is 15” + 12” Your rectangle is going to be 27” x 8.5”).
  4. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut out two rectangles of this size.
  5. Find the centre point along the bottom edge.
  6. Use your ruler to connect this centre point to one of the top corners.
  7. Use your frixion pen to mark a line connecting these two points.
  8. Repeat on the other side. You should now have a drawn triangle shape. Repeat for your other rectangle piece until you have two triangles.
  9. If adding embroidery, do so here. Mark a point 4” down (if doing a smaller bandana, mark 2.5” down) from the midway point along the top edge. This is your centre point for your design. Also, make sure your design does not go over the marked diagonal edges.
  10. After adding your embroidery (if applicable) use your ruler and your rotary cutter to cut along the diagonal lines of each rectangle so that you have two triangle pieces.
  11. Place fabric right sides together, pin or clip to secure.
  12. Mark a 3” gap at the centre point along the top edge. Keep this open while stitching.
  13. Sew along the perimeter with a ¼” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  14. Overlock the edges or zig-zig to prevent fraying.
  15. Turn bandana right side out.
  16. Press bandana flat with your iron.
  17. Top stitch the perimeter of the bandana, making sure you stitch the turning hole shut in the process.
  18. Tie up around your doggo's neck and admire how cute they look!

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Dog Bandana Project
Dog Bandana Project
Dog Bandana Project
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These dog bandanas can also be donated to charity. If you want to contribute to a great cause, the charities listed below accept handmade dog bandanas. Just send your creations to the mailing address provided.

Are you a charity that would accept this item? Contact us to have your details added here.



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