Sew A Dog Bandana? Never!


I always swore blind I’d never sew anything for Ella. What you see here is an aberration. A double aberration because Ella’s cousin (my sister’s dog) appears to own a new bandana, too.

What can I say? I’d glibly offered to do some sewing ahead of our latest trip to the Isle of Wight. I have quite a bit of the Liberty of London Isle of Wight tana lawn in my stash cupboard. These kerchiefs take up tiny amounts, using this tutorial.


This is such a sweet print, featuring several landmarks from this treasured isle. I made my kerchiefs reversible, so that Ella can decide how much pink she wants in her life. With her barrel chest and beard, she’s not one of life’s delicate creatures. I don’t want to talk in stereotypes, but I don’t think she’ll ever be queueing up to buy a copy of Magic Fairy Princess Tiara Dog. (And if that book doesn’t already exist, it blooming should!)



Shall we take a moment to admire the size of Poppy’s ears? If anyone ever phones and says, ‘Your sister’s gone missing!’ I’ll reply, ‘Don’t worry. She’s probably fallen down Poppy’s lug hole and entered a space/time continuum vortex. She’ll be back in time for tea.’

So, that’s how you sew things you swore you’d never sew. And in case you’re curious, ham and piccalilli sandwiches usually get someone out of a space/time continuum vortex. That, or prosecco.

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15 Responses to Sew A Dog Bandana? Never!

  1. Sarah Vernon says:

    Adorable. Sewing + Dogs. It doesn’t get ay better. (not to mention the beach)

  2. wedno says:

    Like you I’ve resisted the idea of making a bandana for my dog (Lola the lovely labradoodle), but now I’m tempted! Time to rummage through the fabric stash. Thanks (I think)

  3. rosemary says:

    I love them! I just got a dog yesterday and I must admit I’m already fantasizing about all the dog accessories I can make!

  4. Janet says:

    Total. Aberration. Not at all do I want to sew one for my Labrador. Ahem.

  5. Elle says:

    This Yank had to look up piccalilli.

  6. Allison Graden says:

    We all end up sewing something we swore we would NEVER do LOL!

  7. I’ve made a jeans waistcoat for a dog before and it’s not something I’m most proud of…

  8. Sam the Aussie says:

    Cute makes. That is a beach? Cheers from Australian beaches 🙂 Sam the Aussie

  9. Julie says:

    Oh lovely pictures. Did you stay at Seaview again? I had a lovely break there a month ago.

  10. Sheree says:

    How funny – love their cute little faces.
    On another note, Karen. I have been watching youtube, a numbers of bloggers under “the seamstress tag”. Wondered if you might be tempted to join in. Think you would generate a lot of interest.

  11. Kathy Lynch says:

    Hahahaha! You’re a nut, Ms Ball! LOL

  12. Cecilia says:

    They look totally great! I see the dogs love them too.

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