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Sew with AYDÖRE: Dog Bandana

We are excited to start a new segment of our blog called “Sew with AYDÖRE” where you can follow along as we share our sewing processes in a DIY fashion.

Today, we will show you how to make an easy dog bandana in three different sizes. Our instructions provide a simple canvas for which you can further decorate/personalize as you wish.

Our goal at AYDÖRE is to reduce fabric waste through up-cycling, so we made these bandanas using scrap materials found in our studio. A huge thank you to our talented dog models: Penny, Cooper, and Lola!

Penny is a three-year-old Newfoundland with hazel eyes and brown fur. Weighing only 90 pounds, she was born the runt of the litter, but is still considered a large dog. She loves eating bacon, skinny-dipping, and playing board games in her custom AYDÖRE. Check out Penny’s blog where she rates local, dog-friendly restaurants and establishments: pennysdayout.com

Cooper is an eight-month-old Cockapoo puppy with a coat that resembles fried chicken. Even though he is on the smaller side at 20 pounds, he is sporting our medium dog bandana. Cooper likes sampling dog poop, making friends with the neighborhood pups, and running in circles around his elderly owners. See more of this stud as he makes appearances on @heyitsbuse‘s Instagram.

Lola is a one-year-old Dachshund puppy—specifically, a black and tan piebald. She enjoys booping noses, cosplaying as a hotdog, and eating underwear. At just 10 pounds, Lola models our small dog bandana. Follow Lola on Instagram: @lolatheminidoxie

STEP 1: GATHER MATERIALS

Dog Bandana Step 1.jpg

We are using fabric scraps from our studio, but feel free to take a trip to your local fabric store if you’re looking for something specific!

We like when bandanas are adjustable. Therefore, we prefer to use a braided, robe-like material (about the width of a shoelace) to tie around the dog’s neck.

You will need:

  • About 1 yard of woven fabric

  • About 1 yard of thin rope

  • Ruler or tape measure

  • Something to mark with

  • Home sewing machine

  • Matching thread

  • Fabric scissors

  • Bobbin

  • Pins

STEP 2: CUT THE FABRICS

Dog Bandana Step 2.jpg

See dimensions below for our small, medium, and large bandanas. Make sure to cut out two identical triangular pieces.

Large Bandana:

  • 34 inches of rope

  • Long side of triangle: 11.5 inches

  • Two shorter sides of triangle: 9 inches

Medium Bandana:

  • 25.5 inches of rope

  • Long side of triangle: 8.625 inches

  • Two shorter sides of triangle: 6.75 inches

Small Bandana:

  • 17 inches of rope

  • Long side of triangle: 5.75 inches

  • Two shorter sides of triangle: 4.5 inches

STEP 3: PREPARE TO SEW

Dog Bandana Step 3.jpg

Because the goal is to hide the reverse side of the fabric, we will sew the edges with the reverse sides facing out.

In this step, match up your triangular pieces and pin the two shorter edges as shown.

Do not pin the long side of the triangle yet.

Prepare your sewing machine with matching thread and bobbin.

Test your regular-length stitch on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure everything is in good working order.

STEP 4: SEW TOGETHER

Bring your fabric to the sewing machine and sew or serge the two shorter sides of the triangle 0.25 inches away from the edge, making sure to back stitch at beginning and end.

Then trim the edge in half to reduce overall bulk.

Flip your fabric inside out. Now it’s beginning to look like a bandana!

Tip: Use the sharp end of the scissors to push the point out.

Optional step: Iron flat and top stitch 1/8 inch from the edge.

Tuck in the corners as shown to prepare for the next step.

Next, center your piece of robe with the long side of the triangle and tuck it inside as shown.

You’re essentially making a tunnel for the robe!

Hide the raw edges by folding in the long sides of the triangle- about 1/8 inch.

Pin in place and stitch 1/8 inch from the edge without catching the rope.

STEP 5: TRY IT ON YOUR PUP!

The bandana is complete! This hardware-free, plastic-free, and easy-to-wash bandana is sure to bring delight to your unique pup.

Inquire about a custom sewing project.

Photography: Natalie Argyriou

Photography: Natalie Argyriou

Photography: Buse Aydore

Photography: Buse Aydore

Photography: Christina Donnell

Photography: Christina Donnell


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