Pet Bandana In-the-Hoop

Next time your local pet shelter has an adoption event (or anytime you want to help them out), why not make ‘Adopt Me’ bandanas the pets can wear?


This simple project is done in the embroidery hoop, with only one seam left to do at the sewing machine. If you have BERNINA Embroidery Software 8, you can edit the lettering and embroider your pet’s name instead.


Materials to Create a Pet Bandana


At the embroidery machine

Preparation and hooping

  • Spray stabilizer with 505 Temporary Embroidery Spray.
  • Hoop the stabilizer.


Open the Embroidery Design Adopt Me! In-the-Hoop Design on your machine.

Download the Adopt Me! In-the-Hoop design files in ART and EXP formats here.

Embroidering the design

Note: The embroidery design includes the construction seam that will bind the front and back pieces of fabric together. There will only be one seam left to do at the sewing machine after the embroidery is done.


  • Thread the needle with red embroidery thread.
  • Run Color 1 of the design: This is a placement line for the front fabric piece.


  • Place the front fabric in the hoop on the hooped stabilizer, right side up, and smooth by hand.


  • Run Color 2 of the design: This will baste the front piece to the stabilizer.
  • Run Color 3 of the design: This will stitch the red heart


  • Run Color 4 of the design: This will stitch the paw print and the lettering.


  • Use the OESD Embroidery Expert tape to place the second piece of fabric right side together with the first embroidered piece.
  • Run Color 5 of the design: This is the construction seam that will secure the front and back pieces together, leaving an opening at the top for turning the project right side out.


After all the embroidery and final seam is done:

  • Unhoop the project.
  • Remove the OESD Embroidery Expert Tape.


  • Place the project embroidery side down on the cutting mat.
  • Using the rotary cutter and ruler, trim the project:
    • At the top, cut just inside the outer/basting line
    • On the sides and diagonals, trim at 1/8” half way between the outer/basting line of stitching and the construction seam.
  • Trim corners (diagonally) at the top and trim across the point at the bottom.
  • Tear away the stabilizer still backing the project (you can leave the stabilizer in the seam allowance in place).


  • Turn the project right side out. Use the OESD Point and Press to safely push the corners out.


Push out the seam allowances and press all around to set.


At the sewing machine

  • Fold over the top/header toward the front by 5 inches.


  • Press in place.
  • Topstitch from the front to form the channel for the collar, using the Edgestitch Foot #10D and a needle position 2 steps away from center (e.g. -2).


  • Press one last time.

Final step:

  • Insert the pet collar through the channel formed by the last seam, and you are ready to have the bandana modeled by your favorite pet.


Productivity options:

If you wish to run a series of bandanas for your local shelter, you can use either of the additional files I prepared for you and stitch multiple bandanas in one hooping if your machine supports on of the larger hoops.

Note: When stitching either of these files, the first color will be a placement line for all of the (2 or 3) bandanas. When color 1 is done, you will cut a front piece large enough to cover all (2 or 3) Placement Lines in the hoop. After the embroidery (Adopt Me! and the heart) is done, you will cut a back piece to cover all the stitching. Finish stitching to create all the bandanas.

Sizing Options:

If you need a larger bandana for a larger pet, download the file Adopt Me! in-the-hoop design – Large.

This large size bandana is graciously modeled by Josie, all the way from Germany!


If you don’t have BERNINA Embroidery Software yet, you can download a free trial version for BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 and experience it for 30 days. Your embroidery machine is like a multimedia textile printer. Embroidery software is like the designer’s box of crayons! The free trial version will let you edit the wording in the file (within the size parameters).

Another option is to download the free ARTlink 8 software here. It will let you open and scale (resize) the ART files. However, note that with ARTlink, you cannot edit the lettering in the file. 

More about our model, Kiki.

Kiki was found on the road in Nevada as a kitten, which would be a very precarious situation for a little cat. Luckily for her, my colleague Andie rescued and adopted her. Her little niece named her (hence… Kiki). Kiki liked to hang then…and still does 7 years later. I became her second human when Andie was transferred to our parent company in Switzerland in 2017. I fell in love with this gentle lady from day one, and she owns me now!


Kiki’s opinion on the bandana…

While Kiki modeled gracefully for this project, she is so NOT up for adoption. She even suggested different wording for her own bandana: Get Your Own Human. This One’s Taken!

Note: you can download the ‘Get Your Own Human’ version of the file here.


Kiki is a sweetheart, and I’m the happiest cat ‘owner’. (But really, she owns me!)

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