Recently, I volunteered my time to make dog bandanas for a local rescue so they could adorn dogs visiting with prospective new families. The bandanas were also sold at various K-9 events to help raise money to support the rescue. To conserve costs, I came up with a way to make a bandana that fit over the collar, requiring much less fabric than a tie-on bandana. Since only a small piece of fabric is needed to make each side, it was easy to mix and match lots of bandanas with small pieces of donated fabrics.
Below are some measurements for various sized bandanas. The measurements are a bit strange since they are based on where the holes were in the plastic canvas. I am providing the American measurements based on inches and the conversion to centimeters. You can round off as you wish when you make your own pattern.
EXTRA SMALL BANDANA (Tea-cup sized dogs)
Top: 6 3/4" (17.145 cm)
Side (vertical): 1 3/4" (4.4445 cm)
Side (diagonal): 4 5/8" (11.7475 cm)
Height (top center to bottom point): 5" (12.7 cm)
Top: 7 7/8" (20.0025 cm)
Side (vertical): 2" (5.08 cm)
Side (diagonal): 5 1/2" (13.97 cm)
Height (top center to bottom point): 5 7/8" (14.9225 cm)
Top: 9 3/8" (23.8125 cm)
Side (vertical): 2" (5.08 cm)
Side (diagonal): 6 1/2" (16.51 cm)
Height (top center to bottom point): 6 6/8" (17.145 cm)
Top: 11 1/4" (28.575 cm)
Side (vertical): 2 1/8" (5.3975 cm)
Side (diagonal): 8" (20.32 cm)
Height (top center to bottom point): 7 3/4" (19.685 cm)
EXTRA LARGE BANDANA
Top: 15 3/4" (40.005 cm)
Side (vertical): 2 3/4" (6.985 cm)
Side (diagonal): 11" (27.94 cm)
Height (top center to bottom point): 10 1/2" (26.67 cm)
Lay out your two fabrics, keeping the good sides on the interior.
Place your plastic canvas pattern on the fabric and secure it with a low-tack tape to prevent shifting when you begin cutting. I just use blue painter tape.
Cut out the fabric around the plastic canvas using a rotary cutter. If you use scissors, be very careful to adhere as closely to the edge of the plastic canvas as possible.
You need to mirror the same fold on the other side of the bandana (as shown in the photo here of the extra-small bandana).
It is really important for the folds on either side to be perfectly symmetrical. I have found that rather than measuring the second side, it helps to fold the bandana in half (as shown in the photo here of the extra-large bandana) so you can manually match up the second fold with the first one before pressing.
After aligning the folds on each side and pressing them, you need to do a second fold, tucking in the raw/cut ends of the fabric. (Refer to the photo here of the extra-small bandana).
Although it's not essential, I use some stitch witchery (iron on sewing adhesive) to help secure the folds on either side of the bandana. It keeps the folds from shifting when you sew the seam in the next step.
To help sew a straight final seam, you might want to fold the pocket to your chosen width and then press it with your iron. This will make an indentation in the fabric that will help you sew a straight seam across the pocket. Since this seam will be visible on both sides of the bandana, you want it to be straight.
Just a final note here showing you our beautiful dogs, Sir Raleigh the Collie on the left and Miss Bluebelle Madigan on the right. Both were acquired from The Collie and Sheltie Rescue of Southeastern Virginia (USA). If you are looking for a pet, consider checking into one of your local animal rescues. These two sweeties have brought lots of love and laughter into our home.