How to Make a Bandanna for a Dog

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Things You'll Need

  • Cloth measuring tape
  • Cotton fabric
  • Material-marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine with thread

Making a homemade bandanna for your dog takes little time. It's rewarding and inexpensive. You can create a bandanna in any print you like that accents your dog's coat color. You can make a reversible bandanna that provides two different looks; you can make bandannas for seasons and holidays. Add appliques to personalize them.

Step 1

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your dog's neck where his collar rests and read the measurement where the tip intersects the measuring tape. Add 14 inches to the measurement for a small dog, 16 inches for a medium dog or 18 inches for a large dog.

Step 2

Lay cotton fabric on a flat surface and transfer your dog's neck measurement plus the extra inches in a square with a material-marking pen. Cut the square out of the material with scissors.

Step 3

Fold the square in half with perpendicular corners together to form a rectangle. Press the seam flat with an iron and cut along the pressed line with scissors.

Step 4

Place the two fabric triangles face down on your work surface, side by side. Fold about a half-inch around each triangle on all three sides, and press the folds in place with an iron.

Step 5

Flip one triangle onto the other so the folds are together. Match them up squarely and top-stitch around all three sides about an eighth of an inch from the edges.

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