If you enjoy adding to your dog’s ‘wardrobe’ in a fun and customized way, you are going to love this easy-to-follow machine embroidery tutorial! With a few simple steps, you can create a fun and unique Floral Dog Bandana in no time at all. Use our Floral Dogs collection by Vicky Yorke to stitch pretty designs on your favorite fabrics that coordinate with your pup’s fur – perfect for the fluffy friend who likes to stand out at the dog park! So grab your supplies, hit start on your embroidery machine, and let’s get started making a one-of-a kind flowery accessory that’s sure to leave everyone asking how their pet can get one too!
- Floral Dogs by Vicky Yorke #80361
- Floral Dogs Coordinating Thread
- OESD Fusible Woven CutAway
- OESD Gentle Touch Backing
- OESD PolyMesh CutAway
- OESD StabilStick Template Sheets
- OESD Expert Point and Press Tool
- OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
- OESD Grippy Grid
- Free Spoonflower Dog Bandana Pattern
- Fabric of your choice
Choose a Bandana Size
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Determine which size bandana you’ll need according to the bandana pattern. Since the embroidery designs are approximately 5.5″ square, the collar casing of the X-Small and Small bandanas is constructed differently than the Large and X-Large. Also, you’ll see below that the Large and X-Large bandana fabric can be cut to shape before embroidering, while it is cut out of the fabric AFTER embroidery on the X-Small and Small. Medium bandanas can be made either way – read both sets of instructions below and choose your preference.
Print the pattern from the PDF linked above.
Iron a pice of Fusible Woven onto the back of your bandana fabric.
Instructions for Large and X-Large Bandanas
Fold your fabric in half (long ways) and place the pattern on the fabric. Trim your fabric along the pattern.
Along all 5 sides, turn the raw edge under ¼”. Tip: press down each of the sides as you go. Now turn all sides under again ¼” to create a double 1/4” hem. Straight stitch the hem.
Print out the embroidery design on a StabilStick Template Sheet.
Measure down 1.5” from top of bandana. Fold the front of the bandana to the back along this line. This is where you will insert the dog’s collar, and you can adjust this measurement to match your collar.
Open the fold you just made and lay the bandana right side up. You should be able to see the fold line for the collar casing. Remove the paper from the back of the design template and place it on the bandana, centering it with the bottom point and sides.
Cut a piece of PolyMesh that is 2” larger than the hoop size you will use. Place the outer hoop on the Grippy Grid aligning it with the center lines. Hoop the PolyMesh and the bandanna fabric, keeping the template center in the center of the hoop. Place the hoop on the embroidery machine. Remove the template sheet. Using the features of your embroidery machine, align the center of the design with the needle. Remove the template sheet before you embroider. Stitch out the embroidery design according to the thread chart.
Remove the project from the hoop. Trim away the excess Polymesh. With the right side of the bandana down, press the embroidery into the Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth. Cut a piece of OESD Gentle Touch Backing to cover the embroidery design and fuse it to the back of the collar.
Fold the collar casing back down along the finger fold we have previously made. Top stitch along the bottom side of the casing.
Run your dog’s collar through the casing and enjoy!! Share a picture of your fur baby and their new bandana in our Facebook group, The Perfect Stitch.
Instructions for X-Small and Small Bandanas
Fold your fabric in half (long ways) and place the pattern on the fabric. If you are using dark fabric, use the Perfect Pencil to trace the bandana on the fabric. Next, open the fabric. Realign the pattern to match your marking and trace the other side of the bandana.
Print out your chosen embroidery design on a StabilStick Template Sheet. Trim around the design.
Peel the paper off the back of the template exposing the adhesive side. Place the template in the center of the bandana. Remember to leave at least 1/4” from the edges for seam allowance.
Cut a piece of OESD Polymesh that is 2” larger than the hoop size you will use. Place the outer hoop on the Grippy Grid aligning it with the center lines. Hoop the PolyMesh and the bandanna fabric, keeping the template centered in the hoop. Place the hoop on the embroidery machine.
Use the features of your embroidery machine to align the center of the design with the needle. Remove the template sheet before you embroider. Stitch out the embroidery design according to the thread chart.
When the embroidery is completed, remove the project from the hoop and trim away the excess OESD Polymesh. With the right side of the bandana down, press the embroidery into the Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth. Cut a piece of OESD Gentle Touch Backing to cover the embroidery design and fuse it to the back of the collar.
Turn the 4 side raw edges under ¼” and straight stitch in place.
Cut a piece of fabric the same width (approximately 8”) as the collar by 3” tall. Turn the raw edges on the short sides under ¼” and hem. This will be the collar casing.
Fold the collar casing in half (so that it is 1.5” x width of collar). Align the raw edges of the collar casing with the raw edge of the top of the collar matching right sides together. Sew together with ¼” seam allowance. Fold the collar casing to the back of the bandana and topstitch down the lower edge of the collar casing.
Run your dog’s collar through the casing and enjoy!
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