Remember those puppy DIYs I mentioned a couple weeks ago? Well I’ve finally got one for you, and it’s a doozy.
A few years ago when our cat, Tux, was a spry young man, I made him a bow tie. I loved it. Tux did not. And somewhere along the way it got tossed out along with his bumble bee costume and mini Washington Nationals baseball helmet.
But then Teddy came along and I knew exactly what I wanted to make him.
My husband voted for a sweet seersucker fabric but I went with my gut and chose a bright red Liberty London-esque floral print instead. I thought the red and white print paired with a deep blue button was reminiscent of Teddy’s politician namesake, Theodore Roosevelt.
Who knows, maybe Tux will get his own matching seersucker bow tie one of these days.
Here's what you need...
¼ yard fabric
Hot glue gun
Before you get started, take a tape measure and measure the circumference of your dog’s collar – this will give you a good idea as to how big to make the neck strap.
1. Cut your fabric into three pieces:
- 12.5” x 4” (for the bow)
- 2” x 3” (for the cinch)
- (The circumference of your dog’s neck + 3”) x 3” (for the neck strap)
2. Take the bow section (the 12.5” x 4” piece of fabric) and fold both ends in toward the middle, front sides together. Then, fold the ends over .5” to enclose the raw edges and pin everything in place.
3. Sew the sides. When you’re finished, trim the seam allowance and turn the piece right side out through the hole in the middle and press.
4. Make the neck strap by folding your long piece of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew along the length of the fabric using a ½ inch inseam. Leave the short ends open and use a knitting needle or butter knife to help turn the fabric right side out. Press. Next, fold the short ends in on themselves by about ½ inch and sew closed.
5. Take your bow piece and your neck strap and fold both pieces in half to find the middle point. Lay your bow section on top of the neck strap where the middle points meet and sew a short, straight line directly down the middle.
6. Take your small 2” x 3”piece of fabric and press under the raw edges. Wrap around the center of the bow and secure using a hot glue gun.
7. Using your dog’s neck as a guide, figure out where to place the button holes. I added an extra 2 inches to the length of the strap so pup would have room to grow and so the overlapping portion of fabric wouldn’t make it too tight around the little guy’s neck. Finally, sew your button hole using the settings on your machine and attach the button by hand.