Sew your pup a stylish and functional dog bandana. This DIY project is perfect if you want to add a pop of colour and fun to your pup’s wardrobe. This beginner-friendly dog bandana pattern can be sewn in just 15 minutes.

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll share all the tips and tricks you need to create a custom bandana for your furry friend. From choosing the right fabric and measuring your dog’s collar and finishing techniques, you’ll learn everything you need to make a bandana that fits your pup perfectly.

To make things extra fun, you could sew yourself a matching bandana!

If you are new to sewing, you may like to practise sewing seams first with these sewing practice sheets or my helpful guide on how to sew seams.

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Dog Bandana Size Guide

This pattern includes the following sizes:

  • Small, 17cm (6.7″) wide.
  • Medium, 22cm (8.7″) wide.
  • Large, 30cm (11.8″) wide.
  • Extra large, 38cm (15″) wide.

Measure the length of your dog’s current collar and divide it by 2 to work out the right bandana size.

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Tools And Materials You Will Need:

Dog Bandana Pattern


What Material Should You Use for a Dog Bandana?

Most lightweight woven fabrics will work for this dog bandana pattern. Use quilting cotton to make a durable bandana that withstands lots of washes.

  • Cotton (Quilting cotton)
  • Lightweight Denim
  • Linen

How to Make a Dog Bandana

Step 1: Cut out the bandana

Download and print out the dog bandana pattern. Cut out the appropriate size pattern for your dog’s collar.

Place the pattern on the fold of the fabric and cut out one piece. Remember to snip the notch in the side.

Step 2: Neaten the bandana edges

If you have an overlocker or serger, neaten the sides and bottom edge of the bandana.

An alternative is to use a zigzag stitch on the sides and bottom edges with a sewing machine.

Step 3: Hem the dog bandana

Once the outer edges are neatened (1), press both sides 5mm to the wrong sides (2). Next, press the bottom edge of the bandana over 5mm to the wrong sides (3). Sew around the outer edges with an edgestitch to secure the hems in place (4).

Step 4: Sew the collar casing

Now, fold the top of the dog bandana down towards the wrong side, matching the notches, and press firmly. Fold this once more to meet the top of the curves and press in place. Pin to hold the casing down. Edgestitch along the lower edge of the casing.

Step 5: Thread the collar through

Now that the casing has been sewn, the dog collar can be threaded. And that’s it!

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Dog Bandana Conclusion

With this easy dog bandana sewing tutorial, you can make your furry friend a stylish accessory in no time!

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