How to Cut Dog Scarfs

Use bright colors of fabric that contrast with your pet's color for a scarf that is noticeable.
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Making a dog scarf is a quick and easy project to coordinate with your pooch’s wardrobe or to dress him up for any occasion. Dog scarves tie around your pet’s neck in a bandanna fashion to stay secure on him. Cutting a dog scarf with pinking shears is a no-sew method that doesn’t require thread, needles or a sewing machine.

Step 1

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your dog’s neck to measure his scarf size in the area where he wears a collar.

Step 2

Add 6 inches to the measurement to allow ample cloth to tie the scarf in a bandanna style.

Step 3

Lay cotton fabric facedown on a table. Mark the fabric on the reverse side with a fabric marker in a square that is the same size as the neck measurement plus 6 inches. For example, if your pet’s neck measures 10 inches, mark a 16-inch square on the fabric.

Step 4

Cut the square shape out of the fabric with pinking shears.

Step 5

Fold two opposing corners of the square together to form a triangle. Iron along the seam to form a crease. Open the triangle and cut along the crease with pinking shears. This produces two identical triangle pet scarves.


  • You can add embellishments to your dog scarf with a hot glue gun. Do not leave your pet unattended while he wears the scarf, though; if items come loose, he can eat them or choke on them.


  • Cotton fabric works best for dog scarves because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily, holds it shape and doesn’t shrink or lose its shape when washed.

  • Cutting fabric with pinking shears makes quick work of a project without the need to sew a seam around the edges and does not allow the fabric to fray with use or laundering.

  • Make a reversible scarf in the same manner. Iron fusible web on the reverse side of one piece, remove the backing and place the second side wrong side down on the web and iron your scarf again.

Items You Will Need

  • Cloth measuring tape
  • Cotton fabric
  • Fabric marker
  • Pinking shears
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fusible web