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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.

DIY: Make A Dog Bath Towel With Pockets!

Whenever I start thinking about making something new for Topher, it’s usually because there’s some need I’m looking to fill. Spring and summer always bring a lot of thunderstorms for us, which means more puddles and mud for Topher to get in during our walks, which means more quick rinses with the hose, or full baths on the weekends.

Towel drying Topher isn’t especially difficult, since he’s a short haired dog, but our bath towels always end up half on the floor by the end of the drying process, where they sop up extra water and the dirt that just got rinsed off Topher. It’s annoying! There are some good dog bath towels on the market, but I was pretty sure I could make my own out of one of our current “dog towels” for free. And I don’t know about you, but I love just about anything I can create for free!

If you can sew a straight line, you can DIY this towel. Plus, this dog bath towel has pockets, which makes drying off your dog basically a million times easier.

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie

We’ve brought you a DIY dog collar bow tie before, one that requires no sewing skills whatsoever. However, for dogs that are a bit more active (ahem, Topher) no sew bow ties don’t tend to last very long—one good shake from Topher started the fraying process on the bow tie, and then it was retired. I had some extra fabric left over from our dog collar, so I decided to make a new bow tie. This DIY dog collar bow tie is a perfect beginner project for anyone looking to work on their sewing skills.

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar

I’ve been itching to make Topher a dog collar for a while now. While collars for smaller dogs are a dime a dozen, and come in a zillion collars and patterns, collars for larger dogs seem…not as fun. A lot of the ones I’ve seen at the pet store are either definitely for female dogs (so much pink!), or meant to make my dog look like….I don’t even know, a badass I guess? I don’t need the skull and crossbones motif—most of the time, I’m trying to make Topher look a little less threatening in his Hannibal Lecter ensemble.

Turns out, making a collar is relatively simple, so long as you have all the pieces! To make this DIY dog collar, you’ll need some basic skill with sewing (do you know how to top stitch? Great! You’re all set) and a run of the mill sewing machine. 

Getting Rid Of “Dog Smell” Between Baths

We don’t bathe Topher very often. However, even when we do bathe him, he finds some way to get smelly as soon as possible. I think that’s just the nature of dogs—they constantly trend towards smelliness.

I decided that I would try out some measures towards getting rid of that dog smell in between baths. Just wiping Topher down with a damp cloth didn’t really do much, so I looked into dog-safe ingredients that I could make into some kind of spray, and found a few options. Now, Topher smells as fresh as a daisy! Well, a lavender-scented daisy.

Here’s what I used to get rid of Topher’s dog smell between baths.