DIY: Make A Reversible Dog Bandana for Any Holiday!
For the last few years, I’ve been happily subverting Bryan’s “no dog costumes” rule for Halloween, something I’d planned to continue this year. But as the holiday has gotten closer, I’ve been a little stumped for costumes and a bit shorter on time than usual, with Bryan now in school for his master’s degree, and lots more family outings in the mix than in other years.
Also, we can’t dress Topher up and take him anywhere—he would be too uncomfortable, which would only increase his potential to react poorly. This is why we just share the costume photos with the internet, so Topher can stay happy and relaxed at home.
So instead of a costume this year, I’m going to show you how to create a reversible dog bandana, something you can make for any holiday to let your pup in on the festivities.
Materials & Tools
- 2 pieces of fabric
- Thread in a coordinating color
- Measuring tape
- Scissors (or a rotary cutter)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Iron & ironing board
There’s two types of bandanas that people usually make for their dogs—one that slides over their collar, or one that you tie on. Because Topher usually wears martingale collars when we’re out and about (aka collars that don’t have a clasp), I’m making a bandana that you’d tie on.
1. Wash and dry your fabric according to its directions. Be a better person than me, and iron out any wrinkles or remaining seams.
2. Measure and cut out a triangle on each of your fabric pieces. I measured another bandana we have for Topher to get the lengths for this one, which is 30” long on the bottom edge and 15” from the bottom edge to the top point of the triangle. I added two inches to the bottom edge length and one inch to the height to account for seams, so my final measurements were 32 and 16 inches.
Tip: You can measure one triangle, then lay that one onto to your second piece of fabric and cut it out rather than measuring again.
3. Pin your two triangles of fabric together with the right sides facing in. Sew around the perimeter with a ¼” to ⅝” seam allowance, being sure to leave a space at least an inch and a half wide for turning the fabric right side out.
Tip: I like to leave this gap somewhere along a straight edge of my bandana, rather than a corner. This just makes it easier to hide and sew up later.
4. Take the pins out of your fabric and press the seams open. It’s also a good idea to cut off excess fabric around the corners, so it doesn’t bunch up on the inside. Then, turn your bandana right side out. Use a chopstick or a dowel to help in the corners.
5. Iron your bandana flat, making sure to turn in and press the raw edges where your gap is.
6. Instead of hand-stitching the gap closed, I top-stitched around the perimeter of the bandana to finish it off. You could do either of these, but I like the look of the top stitching.
And there you have it! One reversible dog bandana. Topher thinks he looks very spooky.