Last month I got a new puppy and what better way to celebrate than with a free dog bandana pattern. I had forgotten how much work a new puppy can be with all the chewing and toilet training! However, it feels like she has been part of the family forever and I can't imagine not having her. She has been patiently sitting at my feet all morning as I edited the video for this article.
Dog Bandana Pattern
Dog bandanas look cool and are great to give a bit of personality to your furry friends. This easy pattern has a casing that slips over your regular collar making it a safer option than a bandana that ties around the neck. Make several at once and give them as gifts to your friend's pets or sell them at a local craft market.
Dog Bandana Pattern - Sizing
I have made this dog bandana pattern in 4 sizes. When measuring the dog's neck size, make sure it is not too tight. Most collars recommend you can put at least 2 or 3 fingers underneath. Because this dog bandana pattern slips over your regular dog collar you can't go too wrong with the sizing.
|BANDANA SIZE||APPROXIMATE DOG NECK SIZE|
|XS||11 inches (28cm)|
|S||15 inches (38cm)|
|M||19 inches (48cm)|
|L||23 inches (58cm)|
Dog Bandana Pattern - Supplies
- Cotton fabric - I used quilting cotton as it is medium weight and easy to sew. You can make the dog bandana reversible by using a different fabric for the back and front. Choose a bright fun print that suits your dog's personality. A dog bandanna pattern is never meant to be boring.
- Your regular dog collar - This bandana will fit over collars up to ¾ inch (2cm) wide. I got my little collar from Kmart at a very cheap price.
- Optional - Ric-rac. You can choose to make a plain bandana or decorate the edge with ric-rac. I don't recommend using pom-pom or tassel trim just in case your dog decides to try and eat the trim. Better to be safe.
- Sewing supplies - Sewing machine, pins, thread.
Dog Bandana Pattern - Download
Download your pattern from the link below.
The PDF will open in a new window. Just make sure you check the scale before cutting out your fabric. Like all my patterns, it already includes seam allowances. There are 2 pages. Trim and stick the 2 boxes together for the full pattern. Further Reading: How to print PDF patterns.
Dog Bandana Pattern - Video
I filmed a video for this dog bandana pattern just for you! Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like weekly sewing and craft videos. All my videos are short, fun and colorful just like this one.
Dog Bandana Pattern - Instructions
Step 1 - Cutting
From the dog bandana pattern, cut 2 pieces of fabric for your chosen size. I am making an extra small for my puppy. She is double the size of when I first got her but she is still tiny - it is all fluff!
Step 2 - Center Seam
Put the fabric right sides together and stitch along the top straight edge with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam. Press the seam open.
Step 3 - Hem the Sides
Press the sides over by ¼ inch (6mm), then ¼ inch (6mm) again to form a narrow hem. Stitch the hems making sure you backstitch the ends.
Step 4 - Add Ric Rac
Optional - To add the ric-rac, flip the dog bandana pattern to the right side. Add ric-rac with the center ¼ inch (6mm) from the edge. Stitch along the center. (Sewing Ric Rac).
Step 5 - Stitch
Fold the bandana with right sides together along the center seam. Stitch around the v-shape with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam. Make sure you backstitch the ends well.
Step 6 - Turn
Clip the corner and curves and turn the right way out through one of the side holes. Press well. Stitch across to form a casing, 1 inch (2.5cm) from the top. Thread the collar through the casing and you are all done.
Dog Bandana Pattern - In Conclusion
Ready for a walk? My puppy didn't want to stay still long enough for me to take many photos. The bandana can be worn facing along their back or forwards under their chin.
Enjoy sewing a dog bandana pattern and congratulations on having the best-dressed dog in town. Make yourself a matching bandana and wear it around your neck, as a scarf, or in your hair! (How to make a bandana)