Dog Scarf Tutorial and GIVE-AWAY!!

My mom has a deep passion for homeless pets and has been working with adoption groups in one form or another for over 35 years. She currently fosters anywhere from 12 to 20 puppies at a time, plus a number of older "forever fosters." She truly puts in an amazing amount of time and effort, not to mention her own funds.

This is Starbuck, my rescued Border Collie. I could go on forever about all of the wonderful things about him, but I'll just sum it up by saying he is the best dog in the world. So needless to say -- but I'll say it anyway -- I am a fan of what she does. I could never do it myself, however, because the 20 puppies would never leave and soon I would be one of those people you see on television.

So I help in the ways that I can, which is all any of us can do. One of the things I do is make personalized dog scarves as a token of appreciation for an adoption. The adopted family picks a print style that suits them and I embroider it with the pup's new name. I also offer the personalized scarves at the adoption events as a fund-raiser for a minimum $5 donation.

Today I thought I would share the instructions for making them. They are quite simple and very cute and I think every beloved pet should have one.

You'll need a small square of fabric, with the size depending upon the size of the dog. My formula is as follows: to determine the size you need, measure the circumference of your pet's neck, loosely like a collar would fit. Then divide in half. The size you need will be the nearest size (equal to or less than) half the length.

So for example, if you have a good-sized dog like Starbuck with a 16" neck, you'd start with an 8" square of fabric. Generally, my sizes run 4"-extra small, 5"-small, 6"-medium, 8"-large, 10"=extra large.

You'll start by tucking in the ends. Fold in two opposing corners. The size of the fold depends upon the width of the collar. If you don't have the collar handy, this isn't an exact science and you can usually estimate pretty easily. Generally, small dogs have thin collars, larger dogs have thicker collars. You'll want to make the length of the fold a little over twice the thickness of the collar. So for my 8" scarf for Starbuck, my fold is usually 3" long. (As you read through the instructions, this should make more sense later.)

Stitch down the corner folds, running a stitch just inside the fold. Next, fold the scarf in half, right sides together, aligning the two remaining (unstitched) corners. Stitch along the raw edges.

After folding and stitching, you should have a scarf that looks like the picture above.

Next, turn the scarf right-side-out, using the opening in the folded corner.

Align and press the seams.

Now your scarf should be looking like the picture above.

Next, you'll need to run a stitch parallel to the top fold. This should be wide enough to fit the collar. Basically, the stitch should run from folded corner to folded corner and align with the ends of the corner fold. Wow! That's tough to describe! The pictures of the finished scarves at the bottom of the post show the alignment of the collar stitch, which might help if this isn't clear.

If you have fancy stitches on your machine, you can dress up the edges.

Next, feed one end of the collar through the opening in the scarf.

As long as the opening is wide enough, the collar should slide through easily. And that's it! You'll never have to worry about the scarf being too tight, or coming untied. When it gets dirty, just slip it off the collar, wash it out, and lay flat to dry.

Your pet will be so pleased with its new duds!

For my give-away this month, I'm offering a package of 12 personalized dog collars, one for each month. That's a $60 value! You'll get all the major holidays and a few seasonal prints too. Just tell me the size you need, the name of your pet, and I'll personalize them and have them to you before Christmas. Give-away ends 11/24. Just leave a comment to enter! (ps. I LOVE comments about your rescued pet!)

And don't forget to check out the many inspirational links at www.childmade.com!




And the winner, thanks to RANDOM.ORG, is.....

(drum roll please...)

#2 NIC AND DAVE!!!
They have two adorable adopted pups named Oliver and Roxy, which are featured all over their blog LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH.

Thanks for your entries/comments! Hope to hear from you again soon!

33 comments:

  1. Cute!....I'm hosting a tutorial contest this month and you should enter if you're in the USA...there are some lovely prizes. :)

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  2. These are so cute!! My dogs will just love them! Thanks for posting the directions!

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  3. These are so cute! I have a french bulldog puppy who loves wearing scarves like these home from the groomer. I'll have to try whipping up a few of my own. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  4. What cute collars! We have 2 dogs. 1 Schipperke and 1 Belgian Tervuren. They travel with us full-time.

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  5. That is really cute! I'd love to get these for my dog, Genesis.
    onepilgrim86(at)yahoo.com

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  6. Awww, I think my dog Shadow would look adorable in those!
    littleladyintraining@yahoo.com

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  7. I would love to win this giveaway!!! Please enter me. Thanks!!
    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. Thanks for the pattern instructions....I made Santa scarves for my daughter's dogs for Christmas ....I like the idea of the collar sliding through the opening...you are so clever...have a wonderful Christmas...

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  9. Love these!! Thanks for the step by step instructions! Teddy would be honored to win the giveaway! He was rescued from a rescue group that had his litter dropped off to them. I knew it was love when I was holding him and I started talking. His tail wagged every time I spoke! He picked ME!

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  10. Love these!! I am in the process of making some of these for an arts and crafts show. Our booth is raising money for our local animal shelter. Thank you for the easy to follow instructions!!

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  11. I love the pattern! Im going to try to make two in the morning for our two rescue pups , Tonka and Sydney. They graduate puppy class tomorrow and it will be cute to sport St. Patty'S Day bandana's. God bless you for the light you shine on all the pets who deserve a loving home.

    Shelley Boberg

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  12. Great instructions! I've been looking for something like this for a while for the dogs in the rescue I work for :) I shall now be making a couple of each size with "adopt me" Printed on and maybe I'll get some fancy fabric to make some to sell in our reception. Thank you.

    p.s Starbuck is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  13. Thank you so much for the instructions and patterns! We just recently rescued a little Dorkie (Dauchsund & Yorkie). His name is Bailey :)

    I have been trying to learn to sew my own bandanas because he loves wearing them!!

    Katy
    kf332907@ohio.edu

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  14. How I would Love to Win these for my Fur~Gran ~Babies.My daughter has two Soft~Coated~Wheaten ~Terriers and they are LOVED so much<3

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  15. What a wonderful thing your mom does and you, too! My 4 large dogs are all rescues and one is a special needs fur kid. My 5th BCFF (best canine friend forever)crossed over the Rainbow Bridge the summer of 2011 and I still miss her. But, I currently help the local humane society by using all of the quilting/fabric scraps to make pet beds. Would you mind if I use your idea of making/donating them to the shelters for their adoptions? Puppy hugs & kisses
    De Palmer, Arizona

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    1. Absolutely, you are more than welcome to do so! I can't think of a better reason. Sorry about your pup though, it's so hard to let them go.

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  16. what lovely clear simple instructions. I had tried making some by cutting shapes and hemming them but this looks much simpler

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  17. To follow up my last post, they are so much simpler to make than the last ones I tried. They are now flying off the shelves making money for rescue dogs

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  18. Did you use two pieces of fabric for this?

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  19. Thanks for the tips. I did somewhat the same only I made a button hole in the centre where the collar goes through so the ring on the collar can come through it. That way the bandana is always up top when on a walk so it can be displayed with love. Our second foster has just found his furever home. It's such a rewarding feeling isn't it? Great idea. Makes me wish I had an embroidery machine.. I'm new to this sewing business. Awesome to find your site

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  20. I'm going to make one for my cat. Great tutorial!

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  21. Thank you for the tutorial. I am wanting to make some of these, and the dog scrunchies to donate to our animal shelter. They take such great photos of adoptable dogs and cats. Thought these might make them look even more adorable!!

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial! My sister wanted a bandana for her rescued Golden Retriever (she also has a rescued Brittany, and I have two rescued guys of indeterminate parentage); I found your site, and I think this is a much better idea. Thanks again!

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  23. Hi,

    This is a fabulous tutorial and I am going to attempt to make my pooch one tonight!

    Could you tell me what brand your rotary cutter is?

    Thanks so much

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  24. I LOVE THIS! WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR MY BUDDY. I'M LEARNING HOW TO SEW... LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING I CAN DO. WE RESCUED HIM AND HE WAS ABUSED. THEN HE HAD CANCER. HE HAS BEEN SUCH A BLESSING! I ACTUALLY THINK HE RESCUED US BECAUSE ASHLEY WAS DYING AND HE KEPT HER GOING A LITTLE LONGER. I'M GOING TO TRY THIS TOMORROW. WISH ME LUCK! GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  25. Great tutorial. I just made a few for my aunt's dog!

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  26. Just made one! I used a piece of paper to figure out your instructions and my 9 year old was like, "You're making paper clothes for Victoria?" (Our dog.) lol! Thanks. She's a rescue and now she loks adorable thanks to your generousitybin sharing your how to:) Thank you so much!;) Money is tight so a scrap fabric and a free tutorial is priceless! Thanks!:)

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  27. Can you please explain how to do this? I am so confused.

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  28. Do you have a tutorial on making one with the quick release buckle attached - without the collar? Thank you

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  29. We are making these as gifts for our pet blessing at our church, St. John the Baptist, in Dunnellon, Florida! Thank you for the instructions!

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