If you’ve walked into a pet store recently and seen the wall of tiny clothes available, you probably realize that some people enjoy dressing up their pets. Popular options are shirts and sweaters for the winter time, but who says pets can’t look spiffy during the summer? In fact, some pets might have extra reason to dress up during warmer months, as peak wedding season is May through October and owners are increasingly opting to include their furry friends in their ceremonies.
Regardless of your reasons for wanting your pet to look dandy, bow ties are the perfect item for dressing your pet without restricting his movement or making him overheat. And they are universally adorable! The following directions, inspired by this post at Maison Kuotidien, are for a no-sew bow tie that would look darling on a cat, a dog, or even a human! The directions may seem long, but the whole process should only take about half an hour at most, as hot glue dries quickly.
Fabric of your choice
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Measure and Cut
Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring 9” by 4.5”.
Step 2: Fold and Glue
Take one piece and fold the long ends into the center so that the long edges meet in the middle of the fabric. Dab hot glue along the middle to secure the edges. You should end up with a long skinny rectangle with a glued seam running down the center, as illustrated in the diagram below.
Step 3: And Once More
Fold the short ends into the center so that the edges meet in the middle. Secure the ends with dabs of hot glue. You should have a rectangle with a glued seam on the back, as shown in the diagram below.
Step 4: Repeat with Second Piece of Fabric
Repeat the folding and gluing process with the second piece of fabric. When folding each direction, allow the edges to overlap a bit before gluing. You should end up with a rectangle that is slightly smaller than the first.
Step 5: Create a Pleat
Take the smaller rectangle and create a pleat along the long ends by pinching the long edges toward the center of the rectangle to make a bow shape. Dab each side with hot glue to secure the shape.
Step 6: Attach the Larger Piece
Take the larger rectangle and place it behind your bow. Hot glue the long ends to the smaller piece. Steps 5 and 6 are illustrated in the image below.
Step 7: Create a Fabric Strip
Cut a 1.5” by 3” piece of fabric and fold lengthwise into thirds. Use hot glue to secure the fold.
Step 8: Secure Strip to Bow
Hot glue the center of the strip onto the center of the bow. Wrap the strip around and secure the ends in the back of the bow. This process should look like this:
You now have your basic bow tie shape!
Step 9: Create the Band
Cut a 1.5” by 17.5” piece of fabric and a 16” strand of elastic. Hot glue one of the long edges down to the fabric so that you don’t have a raw edge (If you want the band to look extra polished).
Place the elastic band on top of the fabric and glue the other edge to the elastic. Glue the finished edge onto the elastic. Secure the tips of the band with hot glue.
Step 10: Attach Velcro
Depending on the size of your pet, determine how long your Velcro strips will need to be and cut the Velcro. Glue each side of the Velcro onto each end so that the Velcro will form a loop when attached.
Step 11: Attach the bow
Use hot glue to secure the bow to the middle of the band.
Step 12: Enjoy!
Use the Velcro to secure this cute homemade bow tie around the neck of any pet or friend who will tolerate it. Remember, the bow tie is held together by hot glue, so it’s not ideal for pets to wear during play, but should be just fine for short-term wear at laid-back occasions.
Note: These bow ties are for decorative purposes and should not replace a securely fastened collar or be used with a leash. Be sure to supervise pets or children when wearing a bow tie, as the bow could detach and become a choking hazard.
What do you think of this project? Have you ever made accessories for your pet? Tell us about it in the comments below!