DIY Dog Bandanas in Minutes
As some of you may already have seen, Humphrey turned one last week and we had a little birthday bash to celebrate. No party is complete without a celebratory outfit! We didn’t (at the time) have two matching bandanas and time was short, so I made the boys a fast set of DIY no-sew bandanas. Done in minutes! This super simple dog bandana DIY is an easy way to create a little something special with minimal cost or effort. Have a little more time or want a more polished look? Check out our full collection of DIY dog bandanas for other pawesome ideas.
Making a Very Simple No-Sew DIY Dog Bandana
Supplies and Materials
The materials and craft supplies used in making the bandana shown are:
- Fabric or a suitable clean fabric item for upcycling
- Scissors, preferably pinking shears
You can buy the fabric, use a remnant from your craft stash, or give new purpose to some past-best materials from by recycling something like an old dress shirt or tablecloth. Pinking shears are optional, but recommended as a very simple option to help to reduce fraying without the need to sew or otherwise finish the raw edges.
How to Make a Very Simple No-Sew Dog Bandana
Simple DIY dog bandanas can be made as triangles that are tied and worn, or as squares that are folded, then tied and worn. No fancy shaping, trim, or fasteners required. I usually roll the top edges a little (whether sewn or not) to gather an easy edge for tying as well as make the perfect fit.
Making a No Sew Fold-Over Dog Bandana
Cut a square such that the diagonal corner-to-corner fold (forming a triangle) is big enough to fit loosely around your pet’s neck, plus a little extra to tie a small knot. If you aren’t comfortable with estimating 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 to the neck size for tying the knot.
Pinking shears help to reduce fraying without the need to sew or finish the edges. Simply cut and you’re done! Easy! Durability will depend on the fabric, wear, and care. See below.
Making a No Sew Triangle Dog Bandana
Alternatively, you can cut the triangle instead of folding (half a square on a diagonal – i.e. a right isosceles triangle). Again, this is sized so that the long edge (the diagonal cut) is big enough to fit loosely around your pet’s neck plus extra to tie a small knot.
Diagonal cuts with pinking shears can be a little more prone to fraying, but I’ve still used this method for quickie bananas with great results. It’s a good option for me as I can quickly make two matching bandanas for our two dogs with one square of fabric, like the ones shown in this post.
✂️ Want something fancier or more durable than just pinking? Check out our No-Sew DIY Dog Bandanas with (Cheat!) Finished Edges. We’ve shared a no-sew version of some of our most popular DIY sewn bandana styles to show how you can make a fully finished bandana without doing a single stitch. You can find all of our DIY dog bandanas in the archives, both sewn and no-sew.
No-Sew DIY Dog Bandana Durability and Alternatives
Playtime and Fray Time
When this post was first shared, we were asked how long bandanas made like this would last. In addition to how frequently a bandana is worn and washed, durability varies quite a bit depending on the fabric. Some will fray very quickly and others hold up very well. Pinking reduces fraying, but it doesn’t stop it all together. It depends on the weave and stability of the material you use, the orientation of the cuts, and how much wear-and-tear the bandana gets over time.
Humphrey and Oli still have these red and white bandanas (currently five years later). They don’t wear them routinely, but they have been worn and washed several times. They’re holding up surprisingly well. I’ve always meant to get around to sewing them, but haven’t. Yet! They also have the similar pinked quickie bandanas that I cut for pictures with their Christmas dog treat wreath. Writing this reminds me I should take them out for sewing the next time I’m crafting.
Sturdier No-Sew Alternatives
If you can’t (or don’t want to) sew, you can stabilise the bandana edges using no-sew hemming tape. We’ve shared no-sew versions of some of our most popular DIY sewn bandana styles to see how you can make a fully finished bandana without doing a single stitch.
Hemming tape does a surprisingly good job, but if you want a truly durable bandana and have the ability, I’d recommend going with a sewn bandana instead. We have several different styles of DIY dog bandana here on the blog, and most of our sewn bandanas are pretty easy to make with basic machine-sewing skills.
Like the frayed look, but want a little more durability? If you’re a fringe fan, you can sew a simple line of stitching just in from the edge of your fabric to help limit fraying to the seam line, similar to making a fringed bandana.
Prefer a fully finished option? Serged edges are probably the fastest and easiest, but you need special equipment. For a standard sewing machine, simple reversible dog bandanas are actually really easy to sew (easier than hemming) and very durable. Adding binding trim on the top edge is also a very stylish option and deceptively easy sewing.