I love the ritual of giving and receiving gifts. Few things bring me as much joy as carefully picking out, wrapping and presenting something thoughtful and—more often than not—pretty. Simply put: gift giving is my love language.
And so, as I lounged around last week, drinking a glass of wine and finishing my last-minute online Christmas shopping, my gaze slid to Clarabelle, who was cuddled up next to me on the couch. She’s my bestie and I wanted to treat her to her very own present this year (besides the treats I’ll inevitably put in her stocking).
An updated bandana embroidered with her name seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and the best thing is that it only took me about a half an hour to make. Scroll down to learn how to put together one of these pretty presents for the pup in your life.
For this project, you’ll need the following:
• a bandana
• needle and thread
• a cute puppy
1. Start by cutting a 12″ square out of the bandana, making sure to leave the finished edge of one corner intact. If you have a large dog, you may not even need to cut the bandana down at all.
2. Using a pencil, lightly trace the name of your pet across the corner. I went with a classic cursive script, but you could do whatever type of writing you’d like. Then add any flourishes that you’d like beneath the name.
3. Thread your needle and knot the end. Using a back stitch, start at one end of the name and work your way to the end. Knot the end of the thread and trim off any excess.
4. Style with the pup and leash of your choice!