Here at Casa Moke I have found a cool shady spot and have started making doggy bandanas for an Animals Asia stall at Burley Dog Show on Saturday 18 August.
Animals Asia supporter Sandra B (big thanks Sandra) kindly sent me samples and thoughtfully included one part made up so that I could see how they were finished:
Aren’t hers fab?! Love them.
I opted to make the style that attach to collars and set about making patterns in the various sizes:
And with a bit of help from my old friend the internet I soon had a variety of sizes drawn up:
Now the fun of stash busting and unleashing Jolly Janome began. I cut out a few of each size (predominantly the smaller sizes as those little fellows are so dapper) using fabrics that remained from other projects.
Leaving the flat top edge open, with right sides (RS) together I sewed the four remaining edges together after which I snipped off the excess near each corner and (just cos I have pinking shears, you don’t need to) pinked the fabric along each seam. I then turned over the open top edge about half an inch (sorry I am stuck in imperial):
Does the previous paragraph make sense now? I was beginning to lose myself in a quagmire of explanation!
Before turning to the right side, press down the half inch turn over at the open edge:
Turn out to the right side of the fabric leaving the pressed turn over on the inside:
I prodded out the corners with a large knitting needle. To get them crisp looking (those doggies are smart dudes) I gave another press:
Decide which side is going to be the back of your bandana. Fold the top (roughly) in half to the back of your bandana and … you guessed it …. press:
Your bandana should now look like this:
All that is left to do is to top stitch along the bottom edge of your fold – this will leave a channel for a collar to pass through – and voila! A crop of doggy bandanas:
I am just sorry that I no longer have a dog to model them…not even a toy dog!
These little beauties will be on sale from the Animals Asia stand at Burley In Wharfedale Dog Show in sunny West Yorkshire on Saturday 18 August 2018. Bandanas aside if you are able to visit the show please go it is a marvellous and fun celebration of dogs. Can’t wait for the ‘Most like my human’ category.
I have drawn out the patterns I made showing the rough measurements. Just ask if you think they would be useful to you and I will add a blog post with them on.
Out of interest do you have any suggestions for simple things to make for animal charity stands? Cheers me dears.
Until next we meet,