Do you love to accessorize your dog? Given my love of style and my dog, I was actually pretty reluctant to dress her up in cute things. It wasn’t until my old dog Lola got to be a senior lady and needed a sweater and booties to keep her warm on Winter walks that I finally accepted that dressing your dog up is super fun! Labradors aren’t the kind of dogs that you can put in t-shirts and jackets all the time (although Lucy has an adorable rain coat!), so I’ve discovered the joy of really cute bandanas!
How To Make The Cutest DIY Reversible Dog Bandanas
Since I love to make my own things, I decided to make the cutest DIY reversible dog bandanas for Lucy’s Summer wardrobe. You can make you own bandanas by simply cutting a triangle out of a piece of fabric, but eventually the edges will fray. That might be good enough for a 1 day use, but I wanted to make bandanas Lucy and I could enjoy for months.
We have an awesome independent fabric store here in Pittsburgh called Loom and they carry really great prints on cotton fabric (in addition to gorgeous luxurious home decor and fashion fabrics that I always have to browse when I’m there). For these doggy bandanas I wanted to find a bunch of different patterns that had complimentary colors so that I could mix and match them into double sided triangles. My two favorites are the indigo shibori pattern and the beetles. The shibori is very on-trend (you can buy a similar print on Amazon) and the beetles are very Summery – we find actual beetles on our walks all the time!
How to Make Reversible Dog Bandanas
- I used a free bandana from a dog food company as a template. I knew it tied comfortably around Lucy’s neck – always double check that your size will fit your dog before you cut!
- I cut out 2 pieces of fabric. For this I used 2 different patterns that compliment each other.
- Lay the cut out pieces with the good sides facing and sew all the way around, leaving 2 or 3 inches un-sewn.
- To give the bandana a crisp, finished look, I pressed the seams down with an iron and clipped the corners.
- Use the un-sewn hole to flip your bandana right side out.
- Press it again so that your edges are nice and crisp.
- Use your sewing machine, or hand stitch the hole closed.
- Tie it around your dog’s neck and hit the streets!
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All photos: Rose Colored Creative.