Simple No-Sew DIY Dog Bandana

Our DIY expert explains how to make a dog bandana in four simple steps (bonus: there’s no sewing involved!)

dog bandana
Artist, graphic designer and crafter Linda Facci made this simple no-sew DIY dog bandana for her pup, Cocoa. © Linda Facci

Dog bandanas are that extra little touch that shows your dog how much you love him. The positive attention he gets from wearing a cute bandana is his big reward! We explain how to make a dog bandana in four simple steps (bonus: there’s no sewing involved!). I made this one for my dog, Cocoa, and you can customize your no-sew DIY dog bandana for birthdays, special occasions, holidays or if your dog has a health issue like blindness.

Supplies to make a DIY dog bandana

  • 2 different patterned pieces of fabric
  • Scissor
  • Iron-on letters
  • Iron-on hem tape
  • Iron
  • Glitter or glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Paintbrush

Instructions to make a DIY dog bandana

See the pictures below for examples of each step.

Step 1: Cut 1 piece of fabric 14.5” x 14.5,” and the other piece 14” x 14” (this size is for a small dog). Fold edges of the printed side of larger fabric over ¼” and iron. Place smaller piece of fabric right side up on top of the back of the larger fabric. Place about ¼” of hem tape close to the edges of fabric. Do this to all four sides.

diy dog bandana making the hem



Step 2: Fold over and iron to seal.

diy dog bandana no sew hem

Step 3: Place your iron-on letters on fabric and iron on according to instructions. Peel off.

diy dog bandana customization

Step 4: Paint with fabric paint, let dry. Fold into triangle and tie it on.

no sew diy dog bandana

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