DIY 'No Sew' Pet Bandana

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If you don't know how to sew, but want to give your pet(s) a little pop of colour, add fun to their everyday pet wardrobe or celebrate a special holiday, this DIY bandana will do the trick. This is one of the quickest and simplest pet projects you can make for your dog or cat and it fits right around their collar! 

You only need a small amount of fabric (either newly purchased or used is fine) and a few materials. With that and less than 20 minutes, you can bring this bandana to life! 

Pet bandana DIY

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric square (minimum 20 inches x 20 inches) 
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue gun 
  • Pencil or Pen 
  • Scissors or fabric shears 
  • Your pet's collar for size reference


1. Cut your fabric to size.  For a dog with an 18-inch collar, you can go down a couple inches and cut a 16"x16" fabric square. 

2. Flip your fabric over onto the opposite side, and fold in two opposite corners. Depending on the width of your pet's collar, we recommend adding an inch. For example, if your pet's collar is 2 inches wide,  then add one extra inch on your two corners, for a total of 3 inches. Take your glue gun and glue these two corners down. 

*This added inch will allow for enough room to slide your pets collar through once all gluing for the project is complete.  

Fabric for pet bandana DIY

3.  After gluing down your two corners, take your measuring tape and measure about a half an inch around all of your inside edges. 

Fabric with pen for pet bandana DIY

4. Take your glue gun and glue down the fabric edges all the way around your marked line. Once dry, draw a straight line straight across from each of your two corner folds (this is the space given for your pet's collar to sit when inserted).

Measuring fabric for pet bandana

5. Once your line is drawn, line up your fabric carefully along all sides and place a line of glue along your middle line first. Fold over the other half of your bandana.  

Glue gun for pet bandana DIY

6. Finish gluing the remaining edges and firmly press down, allowing for everything to dry. *Make sure to only glue the side edges and not the designated space where your pet's collar is going to slide through! 

Glue gun fold pet bandana DIY

Check out this very stylish finished product (and our adorable models)!

Dog and cat wearing completed DIY


Special thanks to, Oh Look, Fabric!, in Milton, ON where we picked up these great fabric finds. 

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