Tuesday, 19 April 2016

How to Make a Reversible Dog Bandana

If you're going to party, you should do it in style!  Oli and Humphrey have new reversible birthday bandanas in their special occasion wardrobe. These are very quick crafts and require only basic machine/hand sewing skills.  Not into sewing?  You can make these with fusible tape instead, but they will be less durable/washable. If you want a quickie bandana this simple new-sew dog bandana is a very easy alternative, or check our DIY dog flair for other ideas.

The materials and craft supplies used in making the bandana shown are:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Supplies Can be fully hand sewn if you wish, but will be much quicker/easier if you have a sewing machine. 
Our bandanas are made with remnants of awesome matching colour-on-white and colour-on-black birthday fabric that I found in the bargain bin of the local craft shop (I troll it regularly for bits to stow away in my craft stash!); however and complimentary or complimentary-contrast fabric will work nicely. 

To sew your own reversible dog bandana:
  • Cut a triangle (half a square on a diagonal / right isosceles triangle), such that the long edge is big enough to fit loosely around you pet's neck plus extra to tie a small knot. If you aren't comfortable with guesstimating the size, you can use a collar as a gauge or loosely measure your pet's neck.  Don't forget to add a little extra for seam allowances. Having two similarly sized dogs makes this super easy, as you just cut the correct size square, then halve it on the diagonal. 
  • Repeat for your reversible material, ensuring that both cut triangles are the same size.
  • Align your triangles, ensuring that the fabric is pattern-side in if single sided.
  • Sew together, leaving a gap large enough for you to reverse the bandana. Tip: I prefer to leave my gap somewhere on the top edge, near where the bandana will be knotted.  If (like me!) you hate hand stitching closures, this ensures that the readily visible areas of your finished bandana are nicely neat and will help hide any boo-boos you might make when hand-sewing.
  • Trim excess fabric in the inside corners of your bandana to help things reverse neatly without bunching.
  • Reverse the bandana to pattern-side out. Optional: Iron your seams flat.
  • Sew the gap closed using a blind/ladder stitch to keep things "invisible".

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