Does your four-legged friend have a knack for fashion? From DIY bandanas to handmade bow ties, it’s never been easier to let your pups personality shine and earn you the coveted Dog Parent of the Year. If Fido prefers to go fancy with his style, today’s beginner-friendly dog bow tie is the perfect way to add a small touch of color without getting in the way of puppy playtime. Using just a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen, we promise this DIY project is….PAW-some!
1. Cut out your fabric. Cut two 10.5″ x 3.5” rectangles and a smaller 5″ x 3” rectangle.
2. Stitch your fabric. Sew the larger rectangles together with ¼” seam allowance, right sides facing. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance to ⅛”. Turn the fabric right side out.
Pro tip: Make sure your patterns match and they’re going in the same direction when you’re pinning your fabric together!
3. Create the bow. Tuck in the raw ends of the rectangle and press. Fold the strip in half and stitch the opening closed. 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 long ways, right sides facing and stitch together with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn right side out and fold in half. Stitch across the end securing the tube and flip the fabric so the seam is on the inside.
Pro tip: If you have a dog collar that doesn’t have a thick buckle, you can change your seam allowance on the skinnier rectangle to fit accordingly. We recommend doing a test with scrap fabric to determine the optimal width.
5. Finish the bow tie. Insert the bow through the hole and then through your pup’s collar. Get ready to say “bow-wow”!