Let’s face it…costumes are not for every dog, or even every human.
Sometimes we just want something that’s easy to put on our pets, no hassle, quick, and is fashionably festive without being over the top. As fun and silly as dog costumes can be, they can also be expensive, difficult or tricky to put on, or an unnecessary expense for just one day of the year. Then there are those dogs that just don’t enjoy playing dress up. Believe it or not, Rosee is not a fan of wearing a costume for too long. She’ll usually tolerate it for 15 minutes, but beyond that she’ll start rolling around on the ground until she gets off any and all clothing, or she’ll incite Simon into playing that ends with him pulling off the offending garment. She really can be scarily smart sometimes.
Never fear though, I have come up with a solution: festive holiday bandannas!
For most dogs, wearing a bandana is tolerable since they’re used to wearing a collar anyways, and they can be easy to make yourself. Now, while I do know that bandanas can be purchased, I have personally found it nearly impossible to find ones that actually fit around Rosee and Simon’s necks. Plus, the best part is that I have a way to make your dog a bandana that requires no sewing!
First what you’ll need is:
- holiday fabric
- fabric adhesive tape
- measuring tape
- iron (if you use fabric adhesive that requires one)
What you need to do:
- Measure the neck of your dog so you know exactly how wide to cut the top of the bandana
- Sketch out a basic outline for the bandana on the backside of your material using a pencil/marker
- the shape is simply a triangle with flaps of material left on each end
- make sure you leave at least 1/2 inch extra to your outline for the hem
- repeat this step, so you’ll now have two pieces of fabric in your basic bandana shape
- Line your two pieces of fabric up so that the patterned side is on the inside
- Starting with the outer edge of the triangle cut your fabric adhesive to size and place it on the inside or patterned side of your fabric of the bottom piece of fabric
- I used fabric adhesive that is activated by an iron and found it worked great, but there is another kind that doesn’t require an iron and while it does work it can be tricky to peel the backing off
- basically, the fabric adhesive will be sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric
- Lay the top layer of fabric on top of the adhesive and bottom fabric and iron
- let the hem cool for at least a few seconds so it sets before moving on
- Repeat the previous two step on the other side of the triangle, the flaps on each end, and the top but make sure to leave about a 2-3 inch opening at the top
- Through the opening pull through the fabric (so you turn it right side out) with the pattern on the outside
- Cut some adhesive to the size of the opening and fit it along the inside and carefully iron closed
- Attach some velcro to each flap on the end of the bandana
- I did put fabric adhesive (the non-iron kind) behind the velcro to help it stick better
- Put your creation on your dog and you’re done!
Ultimately, I love having holiday-themed bandanas for Simon and Rosee and they love wearing them because they are easy to put on and can be worn anytime or anywhere. It’s a great way to show off their love for Halloween all month long!