Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DIY Reversible Dog Bandana with Accent Trim Neck Ties

DIY Reversible Dog Bandana with Accent Trim Neck Ties - This pawesome dog bandana DIY is fully reversible and deceptively easy to sew.  Here's how!

This pawesome dog bandana DIY is fully reversible and deceptively easy to sew. It is a simplified version of our fully bound bandana that skips the side trim on the triangle, eliminating corner turns which makes this a fancy looking bandana which requires only basic machine sewing skills. In all honesty, it might be simpler (if, like me, you hate hand stitching closures!) than a basic reversible bandana, but it's all a matter of personal preference and doggone great style. Choices, choices... On the subject of which, this bandana is a starry combo of red, whites, and blues in honour of our fab furfriends celebrating the Fourth of July next week but not so over-the-top that it wouldn't work for many other fancy dress occasions or just general wear, like our Canada Day bandanas. Woofs!


The trimmed neck tie is both stylish and practical.  Using a binding trim on the neckline covers the raw edge which eliminates the need for any blind/ladder hand stitching to finish the bandana (see how to make a basic reversible bandana here).  It also allows you to use a smaller piece of fabric for your bandana body, which is a game changer for folks with larger dogs (like mine!) with necks that too big to span and tie with a typical "fat quarter" or "fat flat" of fabric which are an inexpensive way to buy fancy print fabrics in small quantities - like the cute red, white, and blue star fabric used in this bandana. 

DIY Reversible Dog Bandana with Accent Trim Neck Ties

The materials and craft supplies used in making the bandana shown are:

To make a bandana like the one shown, you will need washed/preshrunk white fabrics for the bandana body, colour-fast washed/preshrunk fabric to make binding or ready-made binding, complimentary coloured thread, basic sewing supplies, and iron and ironing board. You can use ready-made binding for the trim or make your own. I made my own binding (it's very simple, for short lengths like this that don't require joining) with hand ironing so I could make it wider than my binding making guides.

DIY Reversible Dog Bandana with Accent Trim Neck Ties - This pawesome dog bandana DIY is fully reversible and deceptively easy to sew.  Here's how!
  • Cut two identical triangles of fabric such that the long edge is big enough to fit one side (finished bandana can be worn sideways, front, or back) and to the edges of your pet's neck. If you aren't comfortable with guesstimating the size, you can use a collar as a gauge or loosely measure your pet's neck. 
  • Align your triangles, ensuring that the fabric is pattern-side-in if single sided.
  • Sew the sides together, leaving the top (neck) edges unfinished. Inverse and iron flat. Tip: Trim excess fabric from the point of the bandana if needed to help things inverse neatly to a point.
  • Cut or (optional) create your binding (if not using premade). To create your binding, the strip will need to be just shy of 4x your desired width and long enough to fully encircle your pet's neck plus extra for tying into a knot (or, if you prefer, longer for a bow). Iron your binding fabric to prepare for sewing, with a crease along the lengthwise midline, then fold and iron along each side edge into that center midline crease.
  • Hem or (optional) iron to point the unfinished ends of your binding to finish the tips of your tie.
  • Position the binding centered on the top edge of the bandana with the raw edge sandwiched in the middle and pin to secure. Sew into place. I double stitched the lower edge on mine, just for a little extra style.

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