There’s a renaissance that’s setting the doggie world ablaze, and it's the doggie bow tie renaissance. Surely, you and your pup don’t want to miss out on it. This style is both simple and chic. All you need to know is how to make a bow tie for your furry friend.
If you and your pooch love tackling some projects together (especially those that involve him making a fashion statement), then this is just one such project you’ll definitely love.
I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have the slightest clue of how to go about it.
Well, fortunately for you, I’m kind of a dapper person myself and know a thing or two about how to make this quintessential piece of fashionwear for my equally dapper four-legged friend.
So, don’t worry. I’ll show you the easy way on how to make a bow tie for your furry friend.
How to Make A Bow tie: step-by-step guide
Knowing how to make a bow tie for your dog is one of the easiest (and fun) DIY projects you can do. It’s so easy that your toddler can do it too, with your assistance, of course – especially when it comes to sewing and ironing.
This simple dapper fashion statement accessory doesn’t require much in terms of material, making it a very budget friendly fashion piece for your dog. This also means you can make as many bow-ties as you and your dog care for.
Before I show you how to make a bow tie for your dog collar, let’s gather the required materials first. This will keep us from running around looking for what we need mid-project (that can be a frustrating time waster).
Now that you have gathered all the things you need to make your doggie bow tie, we can get right to business.
1. Measure Your Dog’s Neck
For the perfect fit, measure your dog’s neck using a tape measure – take care to be gentle. Alternatively, you can measure your dog’s collar – as long as it fits well.
Dog collar sizes range from extra-small through extra-large, depending on your dog’s neck circumference. For a rough guide, here are the common dog collar sizes:
These collar sizes can give you a rough idea of the length of fabric you will need for your bow-tie project. As they say, size does matter, especially when it comes to fashion.
You don’t want a bow-tie that’s too small or too big for your beloved pet, otherwise, it will not sit well and look good on your best friend.
2. Cut a Large Rectangular Piece of Fabric
Using your dog’s measurement’s cut out a large rectangular piece of fabric for the bow body.
In making the bow-tie, you'll end up folding this rectangle by its width, meaning the final width of the bow-tie will be approximately half the width of the original rectangle. Take this into consideration when you are designing your doggie bow-tie.
3. Cut a Smaller Strip for the Bow Center
Again, the size of this smaller piece will also vary according to the size of your dog. The width, however, should be about 4 times the size of your desired width of the bow center. The length of the strip should be the same size as the width of the piece you cut out for the bow body rectangle.
4. Prep the Bow Center
Since you still have the smaller piece in your hand (the one that will be your bow center), you might as well start working on that one.
Fold in both ends of your smaller piece of fabric, reducing its width.
Take your iron and iron the folds into place.
5. Prep the Body Piece
Take the large piece of fabric, the bow body, fold in the sides, and iron them into place.
Fold the other sides of the bow body piece towards the center.
Iron into place.
Once you’ve ironed everything in place, take your needle and thread and sew a running stitch through the center of your bow body piece so as to keep everything in place.
6. Make the Bow Tie
And now, this is the part where the bow-tie comes to life.
Pull the thread from your running stitch to bring the bow together in the center.
Next, take the smaller piece, wrap it around the center, and stitch into place. Alternatively, you can use fabric glue here instead of stitching the piece into place.
Make sure the bow center can slip around the center of your bow and… that’s it!
You now have a beautiful doggie bow.
But you still need to make the tie band.
How to Make a Bow Tie: Making the Tie-Band
A bow-tie is only as good as the sum of the parts that make it, so make the best bow-tie by putting in as much effort in the tie-band as you did with the other more visible elements of the bow-tie.
1. Prepping The Bow Tie Band
For the bow tie band, cut out a long strip of fabric 3” wide, with the length once again determined by the size of your dog’s neck size.
Take your band strip fabric and fold the long edges in toward the center until they nearly meet. After this, fold the strip in half along the same lengthwise center so as to hide the raw edges inside.
Iron the folded edges so as to hold them in place.
2. Give Shape to the band
At this point, the width of the band should be about a quarter of its original size and the raw (untidy) edges hidden inside your tubular strip.
You can now top stitch the “tube” closed along the entire open length and on both open widths. Be creative here and experiment with the stitch type that you like best. Do your best to put the topstitching as close to the open edges as you possibly can.
If sewing is not your thing, you can still use fabric glue, making sure to be neat.
3. Test The Length Of The Band
This is probably one of the only times animal testing will ever be allowed – after all, Fido doesn’t mind (he probably enjoys DIY projects with you anyway).
Take your already good looking tie-band and wrap it around your dog's neck. For a good comfortable fit, the ends should overlap by about 2-inches.
You should be able to slide 2 fingers in the space between the band and your dog’s neck.
4. Attach Velcro Squares At The Ends
Attach Velcro squares to either end of your bow tie band. Remember, one self-adhesive Velcro half goes on to the top side of one end, and the other half of the Velcro to the bottom side of the opposite end.
It’s a good idea to test the fit of the band again. If the fit is too tight or too lose, reposition your Velcro until the tie-band is a perfect fit.
If you want added durability, you can use the sew-on Velcro in place of the self-adhesive kind, or even add a few supportive rows of stitching on the self-adhesive Velcro.
5. Attach The Band To The Bow
You can now attach the bow-tie and the band.
This is a simple matter of slipping the center loop of the bow over one end of the band and sliding the bow down until it sits at the center of the band.
There you have it. Your very own, hand-made one of a kind doggie bow for your one of a kind dog.
Making a Bow Tie for Your Dog – Time for a Parade
You are now ready to take on the world. And make heads turn as you and your dapper pooch grab everyone’s attention due to your tailor-made doggie bow.
Because this is a simple and inexpensive project, you can make many bow-ties. This will make your dog look good and fashionable on every occasion.
And when people ask you how to make a bow tie for your dog, act like a pro and answer them with one word – simple.
Because it really is.