DIY No-Sew Dog Bandana

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Hi everyone!

Today I have a super easy tutorial for you!

One of my favorite dog accessories are bandanas. My dog hates wearing pretty much everything except for his coats and bandanas. They are the perfect little accessory to dress your dog in and another plus is that they don’t mind them! 🙂 This DIY is perfect if you don’t have a sewing machine on hand or are a little bit challenged when it comes to sewing.

I went to Hobby Lobby this week and picked up three different fabrics. One of them I used in this tutorial and the other two other I am saving for more DIY projects, so stay tuned for those!

The materials you will need for this project are the following:

1/2 yard or 1 yard of fabric (depending on the size of your dog, also buy extra in case you mess up!)
Scissors
Dritz 222 5/8-Inch by 20-Yard Stitch Witchery, Regular
Ruler
Steam Iron
Damp Cloth
Pencil

  1. To get started, take out your fabric and flip to the side that is not going to be shown when your dog is going to wear the bandana. Draw a triangle with your ruler or trace a bandana you already have. If you don’t mind frayed edges or an uneven cut, then you can cut the bandana out exactly the way you want it. If you would like a clean edge, then I suggest measuring an additional 1″ so then you can fold and “hem” the edge.
  2. Start cutting away!
  3. Once you have finished cutting, measure 1″ from the edge and start making a dotted line so it’s easier to fold your edge.
  4. Grab your Stitch Witchery and line it up with the edge you would like to finish off. Measure and cut. Place it in the space you measured (between the edge and the 1″ marks you made). Fold up on the dotted line you made. In the above photo, I had already placed the Stitch Witchery in the fold of the fabric and ironed it. I am just showing you the width of it compared to the fabric.
  5. Dampen a cloth (I used a new washcloth I had) and make sure to wring it out well. Set your iron to the “wool” setting. Place the cloth over the edge you are working on, with the stitch witchery in it and place the iron over the dampened cloth. Leave it on for about 10 seconds. It’s important that you don’t move your iron when you’re doing this. When you have finished a complete edge, flip it over and repeat on the other side.
  6. Do this to the remaining two sides.
  7. I decided to leave the folded up edges on the ends that tied and it helped me double knot it around Max’s neck. You can also grab velcro and sew it on the back if you don’t wish to tie it.

There we go! A pretty simple, decent looking bandana with no sewing! 🙂 Be sure to share pictures, if you decide to go ahead and follow this DIY!

Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Birthday Cake

Happy Friday!

I decided to write a blog post today about Max’s birthday cake that I made for his first birthday. I was contemplating baking him something this week and writing a blog post about it, but decided that since I received questions on Facebook about his birthday cake, that I would share the recipe instead of baking something new.

I got the recipe and inspiration for this cake from Katie over at And Everything Sweet. You can see her post with the recipe here.

Katie decorated her pup’s cake with the cutest bow and banner! I’m not sure exactly how she made the bow, and since my baking skills aren’t quite that advanced, I decided to refrain from trying. 🙂

Instead of making a banner I wrote Max’s name with peanut butter instead. I also wasn’t sure what size pan Katie used, so I stuck with a traditional 8 inch round pan. I was going to double up but figured that Max is such a tiny dog and didn’t really need the extra cake, especially since no other pups were in attendance for this party.

 

 

To make this cake you will need the following;

Ingredients:
1 cup of white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
8 oz non-fat cream cheese for frosting (you will not need the full 8 oz)
*optional: Milk Bones for decoration
*optional: additional 1/2 cup of peanut butter for decoration
Directions:
Mix the flour and baking soda together. Then mix in all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.
When cake is finished baking and has had time to cool off, frost with cream cheese. Make sure not to go overboard. Although this is a special treat, try not to put too much cream cheese on the cake.
Optional:
You can take Milk Bones and line the outside of the cake to give it a more finished look.
To write a name on the cake and add more decoration, take a ziplock bag and fill a corner with approx 1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably creamy). Close the bag and cut the corner you filled with peanut butter. Make sure not to cut the hole too small or too big. You will need a hole large enough for the peanut butter to smoothly pass through. If you make the hole too big, it will be harder to write. Once you have cut your hole, squeeze the bag of peanut butter and write your pup’s name and/or make designs. Have fun with it! Your pup won’t judge your artistic abilities, or lack there of. 🙂 If you mess up you could always lightly remove the peanut butter with a paper towel, and use the cream cheese to fill in that spot and re-try!
When you are finished you could slice and serve like you normally would a cake. I would advise this especially if you have other pups who will be eating, or you are serving this to a smaller dog. Max was solo at his party, so I let him dig in at first and then eventually I cut a smaller piece out for him since it was easier for him to eat that way.

I also made Max this handmade hat with craft supplies I had lying around the house. Let me know if you wish to see a post on who I made his hat. 🙂

 

As always, thanks for visiting and make sure to leave a comment if you have tried this recipe or have a favorite you have tried before!