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Free Dog Bandana Pattern

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!

Free Dog Bandana Pattern

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Free Dog Bandana Pattern

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.

Free Dog Bandana Pattern

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

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

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $3. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

dong bandana pattern supplies

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.

cut out one piece of fabric with the pattern

Press a double fold 1/4 inch hem on each short side of the bandana piece.

press a double fold hem on each short side

Sew the hem in place.

sew hems in place

Fold the bandana in half with right sides together. Match up the point and two diagonal sides. Pin in place.

fold right side together and match points

Sew along the diagonal edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when you start and stop, and pivot at the point.

sew two angled sides and backstitch

Trim the seam allowance around the point to reduce bulk.

trim points

Turn the bandana right side out. Use a point turner to poke out the point.

turn right side out and poke out point

Roll out the seams and press the bandana flat.

press everything in place

Mark a straight line from the bottom of one hole to the bottom of the other hole.

mark a line across the bottom of the holes

Sew along the line. Pivot and edgestitch down to the point and back up.

sew along line and down both sides of point

Slide the bandana onto a collar and put the collar on your dog. You finished!

slide bandana onto collar

Get the free dog bandana sewing pattern

Free Dog Bandana Pattern

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Free Dog Bandana Pattern

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Thank you for offering all your patterns. I am making the doggy bandana. My question is, do you use two pieces of fabric, join them, or just one piece and fold in half after hemming the sides? I can’t quite tell how the construction is done. By the pictures, it looks like two. Thank you for this clarification.

Is there a sizing chart? ty!