Monday, 27 November 2017

DIY Fringed Flannel Dog Bandana with Accent Trim Neck Tie


Matching blanket scarves for you and your pup? Why not! I have to confess that I'm not a huge fan of fringes. Whether its scarves, blankets, carpets, whatever, I find myself always fussing and smoothing to try and tame unruly strands into orderly obedience.  Buuuut when I saw this pretty plaid flannel on the clearance rack of my local craft shop, I simply had to buy some, and it was just begging to be fringed.  My compromise is that there is no fiddly fringing in the knot area thanks to the accent neck trim.

The materials and craft supplies used in making the bandana shown are:
  • Flannel or other woven/tapestry style fabric
  • Complementary fabric for the neck trim tie
  • Scissors
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Sewing Supplies Can be fully hand sewn if you wish, but will be much quicker/easier if you have a sewing machine. A seam ripper can be helpful for picking, if you have one, but flannel is pretty easy to fringe by hand without any special tools.

To make a bandana like the one shown, you will need colour-fast washed/preshrunk fabrics, 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


  • Cut a triangle of flannel 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. 
  • Sew a straight stitch line along the side edges of your triangle (not the top/neck edge), inset from the edges by the length you'd like for your fringe, with the turn/intersection of the seam inset from the bottom point/corner of the bandana.  If you are using a plain fabric, like mine, the pattern is a handy guide for trying to get these lines as straight as possible in line with the weave of your fabric.
These stitch lines are optional for fringing, but without them it can be harder to create a neat even fringe and protect the body of you fabric from loosening, pulling, etc. Your finished bandana would also be prone to additional fraying during wear/use/washing. Flannel and other loose weave fabrics loosen and fray readily, so for pet thread-safety and durability, if you want a free-form fringe, consider adding a few little check stitches at the corners to help keep things from continuing to unravel further on their own. 
  • 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 (may be less if you'd prefer a narrow fold-in on your binding) 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/neck edge of the bandana with the raw edge sandwiched in the middle and pin to secure. Sew into place. 
  • Pick the threads running parallel to your sides to create the fringe. Trim the top into/under the neck tie hemline. Trim the edges to correct any uneven bits, if/as needed.  
I opted to attach my neck trim first, then carefully trim across under the hem of the neck trim (just under the fold, as close as possible to the inside seam) to create a fringe all the way down the sides meeting perfectly with the edge of the trim. It may not be quite as neat as pre-notching the corners perfectly, but you'd have to pull open the hemline to see any difference so it's a-ok by me!  It is the simplest option and it's a little more secure as well. Win win.
You could pre-cut or notch the top corners, but be careful to line thing up precisely else you'll have a gap at the top of the fringe (notch too low) or catch the edge and have to trim anyway (too short). You could also fringe the whole length of the sides and then sew the binding, but that also requires sewing precisely across the fiddly fringe threads. Whatever works for you!  

Look at this cheeky rascal, falling asleep during his modelling gig. Haha! I couldn't resist sharing this cute out take of Humphrey showing off his bandana tongue. Looking this handsome is doggone exhausting.

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