A matching leash and collar are ideal for your fashionable four-legged friend, but what about adding a bow tie to their wardrobe? DIY bandanas, leashes and handmade bow ties are bound to let Fido stand out from the pack and also show your love for your furry sidekick. This project uses a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen or other relatively sturdy substrates and can be made in no time flat. So pick your (or your dog’s!) favorite pattern and let’s begin!
What Are the Best Designs For a Dog Bow Tie?
No matter how you orient them, fabrics with non-directional ditsy designs are bound to make a statement. While you can use a directional print if you’d like, using a small non-directional design with a smaller print will allow the design to show up and shine. If you find a design you like but it is scaled too big for your project, you can send a message to the artist via their Spoonflower shop to request a custom-scale change.
Check out our pet-approved designs to find the right one for your pooch or purr-fect cat! Got scrap fabric you want to put to use? This is the perfect time to pull it out if it’s the same size as the required measurement for this project. (However, if your pet is small, you might find you’re able to get away with using less fabric!)
Video Tutorial: How to Make a Dog Bow Tie
Follow this step-by-step video to see how to make a dog bow tie. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all the tutorials and stay up to date on the latest post. Grab your supplies, prop up your device at your sewing station and let’s create!
Steps to Make a Dog Bow Tie:
Step 1: Cut Out Your Fabric.
Cut two 10.5″ x 3.5” (26.67 cm x 8.89 cm) rectangles and a smaller 5″ x 3” (12.7 cm x 7.62 cm) rectangle.
2. Stitch Your Fabric.
Pin the two larger rectangles together, right sides in. Sew them together with 1/4” (0.6 cm) seam allowance, right sides facing. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance to 1/8” (0.3 cm). Turn the fabric right side out.
Step 3: Create the Bow.
Tuck in the raw ends of the rectangle and press with an iron. Fold the strip in half and stitch the opening closed. Flip the tube so the seam is on the inside and in the middle of the rectangle. Scrunch the fabric to make the bow tie shape. If you would like, hand stitch the cinched fabric to keep the bowtie shape. This step is a… cinch!
4. Create the Bow Tie Center.
Fold the smaller rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing and stitch together with a 1/4” (0.3 cm) seam allowance. Turn right side out and fold in half. Stitch across the end to secure the tube and flip the fabric so the seam is on the inside.
5. Finish the Bow Tie.
Insert the bow through the hole and then through your pup’s collar. Get ready to say “bow wow!” While your dog or cat is wearing their bow tie, be sure to supervise them. You don’t want to miss a photo-op or their hint to untie the bow tie.