I think its safe to say most dog moms think their dog is the cutest thing on Planet Earth. But, what makes a dog even cuter? Dog bandanas! If you are on the hunt for cute dog accessories but aren’t crazy about paying the price tag from an online dog boutique-look no more. It is beyond easy to make DIY dog bandanas and this post will show you how.
Supplies You Will Need:
The great thing about these DIY dog bandanas is they do not require any sewing. All you need is a handy dandy glue gun. Now, keep in mind, these will not be able to go in your washing machine for obvious reasons but they are worth it for a quick and easy accessory.
- Fabric (I would suggest about 1/2 a yard of fabric)
- Tape Measurer
- Scissors (preferably fabric scissors if you have them)
- Hot Glue Gun with hot glue sticks
Easy Steps to Make your own DIY Dog Bandanas
Use the inch side of your tape measurer to measure around your dog’s neck. Write this measurement down. As a reference, my dog, Maverick measured approximately 13 inches around. (add a couple inches to be able to tie it around neck)
Place the tape measurer along the piece of fabric and measure out the number of inches you wrote down from step 1. Take the fabric and fold into a triangle until the fabric meets at the correct number of inches (your dog’s neck measurement). At 13 inches, I folded my piece of fabric into a triangular shape.
Cut both layers of fabric alongside the edges (up and across). Do NOT cut the diagonal edge. When you unfold the fabric, you should have a square shape.
In this step, you will be cutting another piece of fabric which will be the “tie-on” component of the bandana. As you did above, place your tape measurer alongside the remaining fabric (Note-you are not cutting from the square piece, but from the original fabric). **IMPORTANT- You will need to add several inches onto your dog’s original neck measurement this time to make room for tying.
My strip of fabric ended up being about 16 inches long. Maverick’s neck measurement (13 in.) + 3 more inches added.
Turn the fabric over and hot glue all the sides down. Fold the sides down to the middle (see picture above).
Once all sides are done, gently glue the end edges down.
Place the fabric strip over the top (side with the design on it) part of fabric square (in the middle of it). Hot glue the strip onto the fabric. Refer to the picture above.
Fold the bottom part of the fabric square to meet with the top part. Both layers will form a triangle. If you did this correctly, your fabric should look “inside out.”
While your bandana is “inside-out,” hot glue the edges of the triangle. **IMPORTANT- leave a small gap at the end. You will use this to flip your bandana so the nice side of the fabric will show.
Use the gap to flip your bandana inside-out. I have found using a capped pen is best when trying to flip your bandana. Use your capped pen to get a nice point to your bandana once flipped.
Tie around your pup’s neck. Make sure you are able to fit two fingers between to ensure it is not too tight.
How do I clean my DIY Dog Bandanas?
It is important to keep in mind, you will not be able to throw these in the washing machine due to them being hot glued together. I have found that spot cleaning is an easy way to keep them clean. I take a wash cloth with soap and warm water and it usually does the job.
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