While I was buying my Halloween fabric at JoAnn’s Fabrics last week they were giving free classes on how to make a DIY Dog Bandana. The customers were lined up for this and everyone was having a super time, but I was in a huge hurry and could not stay for the Doggie Bandana class. A couple of days later, when I went back to JoAnn’s, I met a young woman who had an entire basket full of novelty cottons, seriously about 30 bolts. I asked her what she was making with all that fabric, and she excitedly replied, “Doggie Bandanas!”. She began to tell me about her financial struggles with Student Loans and such, then she said how she discovered the dog bandanas through her Sister and how she was heartbroken because she didn’t have a dog to make one for, so she made a couple for her cats. She made a few for her friend’s doggies and the word started spreading, within a month she had opened an Etsy Shop and was churning out Doggie Bandanas for the entire city of Austin, Texas. I asked her how that happened so quickly and she said she had the ingenious idea to set up a little card table at the Dog Park one Saturday and sold through the roof, she also handed out business cards as well with her Etsy and Instagram sites. She said it literally snowballed after that. She said that she was so thankful she discovered the Doggie and Kitty Bandanas, so she didn’t have to turn to stripping to pay her debts. What a success story!
I was so inspired after all this riveting conversation at the cut counter, I had to make one. I bought a half yard of the cutest Keepsake Calico Novelty Cotton and rushed home to my sewing machine. As fate would have it the timing on my machine was acting up so I searched Youtube for a no-sew style. I found this brilliant tutorial and made my Fur Babies all matching Bandanas. They turned out so cute and made my furry family feel very special, this is a DIY that doesn’t disappoint.