This might just be the easiest DIY we will ever post! This super simple no-sew DIY dog bandana is a very quick (under five minutes) craft that ANYONE can do. It requires nothing more than some fabric and a pair of pinking shears.
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 a fast set of DIY no-sew bandanas. Done in minutes! This super simple DIY is an easy way to create a little something special with next to no effort or cost.
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, or recycle and give new purpose to some past-best material from around your house such as an old dress shirt, linen, or a tablecloth. Pinking shears are recommended 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 see 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 the 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. We’ve shared a no-sew version 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.
If you want a truly durable bandana, I’d recommend going with a sewn style instead. We have several DIY examples here on the blog, and most are pretty easy to sew with basic machine-sewing skills. Alternatively, if you want a really easy-sew option, you can also sew a single line of stitching just in from the pinked edge of your fabric, which will help limit fraying to the seam line, similar to making a fringed bandana.