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Learn how to make a dog accessory with a free dog bandana sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a great way to use up fabric scraps!
I often have scraps leftover from clothing that I’ve made for myself. I keep it if it’s big enough to be useable, and because it’s fabric that I love. (I only sew with fabric that I love.)
A great way to use up those fabric scraps is to make a DIY dog bandana! It uses about a fat quarter of fabric, it’s an easy sewing project, and then you or your children can match with your dog!
Watch the video for extra help with making the dog bandana and get the free sewing pattern!
Do you love to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects:
- DIY snuffle mat for dogs
- Scrap fabric sewing projects
- Beginner sewing projects
- DIY dog ornament
- Free sewing patterns
- How to sew a dog bed
What fabric works best for a dog bandana?
Use a light weight to medium weight woven fabric like quilting cotton, flannel, or chambray. The fabric cannot stretch.
If you are using a light weight fabric then you’ll need to add interfacing to give the fabric body and strength, and it’ll help prevent the fabric from wrinkling when it gets washed.
what is a pdf sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
how do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.
Free Dog Bandana Pattern
- Fat quarter size scrap of light to medium weight fabric
- Optional: interfacing
- Free Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern – Get it at the end of the post
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Cut out the pattern in the size that fits your dog best. Use it to cut out the fabric with the fold line one the bias. This will create a softer fall for the bandana.
Press a double fold 1/4 inch hem on each short side of the bandana piece.
Sew the hem in place.
Fold the bandana in half with right sides together. Match up the point and two diagonal sides. Pin in place.
Sew along the diagonal edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when you start and stop, and pivot at the point.
Trim the seam allowance around the point to reduce bulk.
Turn the bandana right side out. Use a point turner to poke out the point.
Roll out the seams and press the bandana flat.
Mark a straight line from the bottom of one hole to the bottom of the other hole.
Sew along the line. Pivot and edgestitch down to the point and back up.
Slide the bandana onto a collar and put the collar on your dog. You finished!
Get the free dog bandana sewing pattern
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!