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The Making Of A Bandana - Part 1

Ever wonder how something is made?

Whenever I set up a booth at an event, my over the collar dog bandanas receive a lot of love. Since I put a lot of love into my bandanas, I appreciate that - thank you, Hound Street Boutique, fans!

Sewing was still taught - a little bit - when I was in middle school, and it's somewhat of a "lost art" to many people. Machine embroidery is usually only tackled by "die hard" sewing fashionistas and quilters. So I thought it might be fun to share with you an inside peek into the making of a bandana.

All fabric is first washed and dried.

All fabric is first washed and dried. Why do I do this? It would save a LOT of time if I skipped this step. The first reason this step is important to me is that fabric comes from the factory floor with all kinds of chemical residue from the manufacturing process. Washing removes it. Second, brand new fabric shrinks - a lot, especially 100% cotton. I've seen a yard of fabric shrink up to three inches. Fabric shrinkage can distort embroidery, the shape of the finished garment or item, and make items that fit before washing not fit after their first wash. (It's one of the reasons I started sewing my own clothes. Very few mass-produced clothing manufacturers pre-shrink their fabric.)

All pre-washed fabric is ironed before being embroidered.

Next comes the "fun" part - ironing! Ironing is actually probably the most important part of creating a high-quality sewn item. When I see a poorly sewn item, it's most often due to lack of proper ironing techniques. I iron more then I actually sew. I like to save my ironing for big "ironing fests" because, let's face it, even seamstresses don't like ironing. So I like to save my ironing for a Netflix binge or a good podcast.

Bandana fabric squares pre-embroidery