Recently I became a volunteer at my local animal shelter—Orange County Animal Services. It’s a wonderful facility that is clean and modern, but it’s still a shelter: there are a lot of dogs there that need a loving home (and will convince you with kisses how sweet they are!).
In the past I’ve made several bandanas for my dog, Albatross, to wear (in order to raise her cuteness rating!), and I realized a sweet bandana might be just the thing to help some of the shelter dogs get adopted.
Because I wanted to use a fabric that would be both eye-catching with bright colors and wash and wear well, printing on Silky Faille was the perfect choice. For subtle branding, I took the colors from the Orange County, NC seal and created a design that would look great on any dog, no matter if they were white, tan or black.
Using Illustrator, I created a single image and exported it as a PNG. Once I uploaded my design, I chose the "half-drop" repeat to get some variation in the pattern.
To stitch up the bandanas, I used a fantastic tutorial from the blog Gleeful Things. I love Julie’s post because it was very easy and I could adjust the size for all different dogs—from chihuahuas to great danes! One quick tip if you choose to use this tutorial: topstitch another seam to create a tube for the collar, so it stays put on energetic canines!
The dogs are loving their bandanas—they make them look like little superheroes! They have been wearing them both at the shelter and on outreach field trips, like the one we took this Saturday to Woofgang Bakery in Chapel Hill.
They looked super cute and dressed up with their neckerchiefs and when we walked by a group of people, everyone immediately knew they were available to be adopted and would stop and chat with us.
Franklin was very happy to be out and about!
Making these bandanas is a very simple way for both shelters and rescue groups to make a big impact and give their pups some pizzaz with a subtle message! Why not get together with a group of friends and whip these up this weekend?
About Our Guest Blogger
Caroline works formally as the graphic designer for Spoonflower and in a freelance capacity for her firm, Brains Are Pretty. Besides volunteering at her local shelter, she is also an avid chef, likes to take boxing classes and is an amateur dog trainer. Check out some of Caroline's other surface designs in her Spoonflower shop.