Ten Minute No-Sew Doggie Bandanna Tutorial

The dogs in this house were feeling festive and wanted something to show their Irish spirit so I whipped up this quick project and wanted to share it with you!

This is a ridiculously quick and easy project that even kids can get in on. Just a few cuts and a little pressing and you’re done.

What you need:

  • 20 inch square of fabric (This will make 2 large dog bandannas and 1 small dog bandanna, perfect for this crazy house.)
  • 6 inches of Heat n Bond
  • Pinking Shears
  • Iron

Fold your fabric square into triangles. Bring one corner to meet the opposite corner making a big triangle.

Choose another corner and fold that over to the opposite corner.

Press the folds.  When you open up your square, your make a X in the middle of your square.

Using your pinking shears to keep the fraying to a minimum follow the creases and cut out your triangle.

Then cut out another triangle right next to the one you just cut out.  So you will now have 2 smaller triangles and one big triangle.

The large side of the big triangle will have a pinked edge.  From that edge cut 2 strips about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Just eyeball, no measuring that will slow us up!

Cut the strips in half on the crease.

Cut your Heat n Bond into 1 inch strips.  Two for each bandanna.  Place a strip of Heat n Bond in the corner along the long side of the triangle.  Attach the strip according to Heat n Bond package directions.

I didn’t take pictures of the small bandanna but this is what you do.  With the remaining triangle, cut a 1 1/2 inch strip from the long side of the triangle and cut the strip in half.  Then assemble like above.

And you’re finished!! Three doggie bandannas in minutes!

Tie around your pup’s neck in a bow and let them go crazy!!

You may recall we have three crazy pup’s in this house, the little guy is at the vet so he missed the photo shoot but trust me he’s rocking his bandanna all around town.

You could even adopt this for the kiddies’ Thanksgiving day parade, hello pilgrim bonnet!

Now I’m off to the kitchen to get the corned beef and cabbage started. Blech! I’m not a fan but there are those in this house that insist on it.  I am so glad today is beautiful, I can keep all of the windows open to help the house from smelling too badly.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Scrappy Dog Bed

There are three dogs that live in this house, two big furry yellow labs and a tiny little black shitzu-poodle mix (yes, we often shorten that to an inappropriate but funny word).  At bedtime they would each sleep in a different room, until recently.

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The old lady yellow lab (Cali) discovered that Hadley’s (the other yellow lab) bed was far more comfortable than where she liked to sleep.  This led to Cali taking over Hadley’s bed and a little fighting.  I decided I better get another big, fluffy bed so there wouldn’t be anymore fighting, but big, fluffy dog beds are expensive.  (They also aren’t that cute.)  So….make your own!

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This doggie bed is super fluffy and comfortable.  Take my word for it, I sat on it before I let the dogs have it!  All of the crazy dogs in this house love it and so do I because it’s super cute & it was very inexpensive to make!  The dogs have also stopped fighting over beds now.

I only had to buy a fleece throw ($4) and some poly-fil (buy one get one at Joann’s, $8).  I already had the zipper, muslin for the lining and of course my scraps.  For only $12 I have a big beautiful dog bed!

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I made a muslin lining which houses the stuffing, the fleece cover has a zipper so it can be taken off and washed often!

For the scrappy strip I used only the scraps from the super small scrap bag, cut them to the same height & squared them up.  Then I threw them all in a bag, choosing like a grab bag prize….no looking.  Whatever came out of the bag got sewn together.  All of those bright fun fabrics look really great together and I didn’t waste time planning the order.  I think it came out even better by doing it that way.

I intended to write-up a tutorial for this and post it on Sew Mama Sew’s October Scrap Buster Month Tutorial Contest but October has gotten away from me.  If anyone would still like me to post a tutorial, leave me a comment & I will keep it on my to do list.

****Edited: Tutorial can be found here.  ****