A to Z Blogging Challenge - Letter DToday I continue the A to Z Blogging Challenge with the letter D. You can find all my A to Z posts here in case you have missed any.

Luna is a bandana snob. There I said it.

She already has one for every occasion, but always needs more.

Fortunately, my mom is a bandana wizard and has so kindly agreed to provide a tutorial for making your own bandanas.

Luna shows off her bandana collection. She wants more more more!

Luna shows off her bandana collection. She wants more more more!

Here are the steps according to my mom:

1. Pick out a fun and occasion appropriate piece of fabric.

For dogs like Luna, my mom suggests using a fat quarter (18″ x 22″), which can be purchased from a store like Jo-Ann where they are on sale this week for only $1!

Apparently, Easter fabric is also on sale this week. Always check the remnant bin for holiday fabric that is on sale, because then it is usually 50% off the sale price! The purple bunnies piece cost only $1.75.

Start by picking a festive Easter pattern!

Start by picking a festive Easter pattern!

2. Determine neck size. You’ll need at least 6 inches more of fabric than neck measurement.

3. Make a pattern in an isosceles triangle (two equal sides) shape. The longest side will go around the neck.

FYI: Keto, a Labradoodle, has a triangle pattern measuring 21″, 21″, 30″. Luna’s measures 14″, 14″, 20″.

Make a pattern based on your dog's neck size.

Make a pattern based on your dog’s neck size.

4. Cut out fabric.

5. Narrow hem all three sides by turning under 1/8 – 1/4″ and stitching over.

Secure the edges with a hem.

Secure the edges with a hem.

6. Fold down about 1.5″ along the top and stitch close to the edge.

This will allow a collar to slip through. The end pieces can also be used to simply tie around the neck. This bandana can be worn two different ways!

Fold top down to allow the bandana to slip over a collar.

Fold top down to allow the bandana to slip over a collar.

7. Tie around neck or slip over a collar and wear

Cousin Keto models his new bandana!

Cousin Keto models his new bandana!

If you, like me, are without a sewing machine then you can skip steps 5 and 6. A bandana is pretty much just a triangle that can fit around your dogs neck comfortably. You may see some frayed edges after a little while, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying bandana fun.

Craft stores like AC Moore and Michael’s also sell small pieces of fabric usually in seasonal patterns that can be easily folded or cut into a bandana for very reasonable prices.

If you are like me and think my mom should open up an Etsy store to showcase her creations, then please leave her words of encouragement in the comments below.

Have you ever made a bandana for you dog?

Also, if anyone knows the difference between BANDANA and BANDANNA, I’d love to hear it. So far my favorite definition for BANDANNA can be found here. We are all about vocabulary education here. See Clowder.

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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