We have lots of fun sewing projects here at Happiest Camper. We are always trying new ideas and new projects for friends and family as well as our pets. Today’s project is aimed at the furriest member of your family. I am going to show you how to make a dog bowtie. Your pup will be looking dapper in no time with this easy-sew craft!
This project has a much more forgiving audience than most – your dog won’t be mad at you if it isn’t perfectly straight or tell you what other patterns it would have preferred. So, sit back and enjoy making this cute accessory for man’s best friend. Plus you can double up and make them this cute Dog Bandana as well. That way your dog will now have two cute accessories.
What You’ll Need:
- ¼ yard cotton fabric
- ¼ yard lightweight fusible interfacing
- Small round or square Velcro
- Matching thread
- Sewing pins or clips
- Turning tool or chopstick
- Cutting mat and ruler,
- or measuring tape
Any material should be fine for this project. Just use whatever you have on hand. I had some fabric from a previous project laying around, so that is what I used. Feel free to get creative here.
How To Make A Dog Bowtie Collar
I always start and sewing project by washing and drying the fabric. This helps softens the fabric and gets rid of any stiffness. Plus, it also acts as a pre-shrink stage for the material so that when you wash it later, the stitches won’t pull out or get messed up. This is especially important for this project as you don’t want the first time everything is washed to be after you have assembled it and it’s been on your dog for a while. Now we can cut out our fabric pieces for the bowtie. Start by cutting two pieces of fabric measuring 6”x4”. This will be the bow tie itself. Next, cut one piece measuring 3”x2” for the middle of the bowtie. You’ll need to measure your dog’s collar and add ½”x 2”. Cut that out once you have measured. And finally, you’ll need one piece of interfacing fabric measuring 6”x4”. This helps strengthen the collar and makes it more durable. With the cutting out of the way, let’s move on to the next step.
Iron the interfacing fabric to the wrong side of one of the 6”x4” pieces to make it more rigid. Place both 6”x4” pieces with right sides together and pin them in place. This will help with sewing in the next part.
Time to sew! Using a ½” seam allowance, sew around all 4 sides. Make sure that you leave a 2” opening for when you turn the fabric right side out. You don’t want to forget this step!
Clip each corner, being careful not to cut into the seam allowance. This gives your bowtie a nice rounded appearance and the corners won’t poke your pup in the face as he/she runs around.
Using your turning tool, turn right side out through the gap you left. This can be a little tricky. Just be patient and try not to mess up your stitches. If you don’t have a turning tool, you can use a chopstick or a pencil.
After you have turned it out, topstitch all the way around the piece using a ¼” seam allowance. The main piece of the bowtie is done!
For the middle piece of the bowtie, take your 3”x2” piece and fold your in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Stitch up the opening using ¼” seam allowance. Don’t stitch up the ends, you won’t be able to slide it on the bowtie if you do.
Turn this piece right side out with the turning tool or chopstick or whatever you have so that the pretty side is facing out. You are ready to add this to your dog bowtie.
Take a corner of your bow tie and pull it through your middle piece. You may need a pair of tweezers or a similar tool to pull it through. Stop when the piece gets to the middle and adjust your bow tie.
Take your long piece of fabric and fold it over ¼” lengthwise and iron in place. Repeat on the opposite side. Fold in half and iron in place. Using ¼” seam allowance, stitch the opening closed.
Using a safety pin, thread the piece from step 10 through the middle piece of the bow tie. Now attach your Velcro to each end. Now you can either wrap the collar around your dog’s neck or you can thread it through his collar. Either way he/she is going to look so great!
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- Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring 6”x4” (this will be the bow tie), 1 piece measuring 3”x2” (this will be the middle of the bow tie), 1 piece measuring the length of your dog’s collar plus ½”x2” and 1 piece of interfacing measuring 6”x4”
- Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the 6”x4” pieces. Place both 6”x4” pieces with right sides together, pin or clip together.
- Using a ½” seam allowance, sew around all 4 sides, leaving a 2” opening for turning.
- Clip each corner, being careful not to cut into the seam allowance.
- Using your turning tool, turn right side out through the gap you left.
- Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch all the way around.
- Fold your 3”x2” piece in half lengthwise, right sides together.
- Using ¼” seam allowance, stitch the opening closed. Turn right side out with turning tool.
- Take a corner of your bow tie and pull it through your middle piece. Stop when the piece gets to the middle and adjust your bow tie.
- Take your long piece of fabric and fold it over ¼” lengthwise and iron in place. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Fold in half and iron in place. Using ¼” seam allowance, stitch the opening closed.
- Using a safety pin, thread the piece from step 11 through the middle piece of the bow tie. Now attach your Velcro to each end.
- Now you can either wrap the collar around your dog’s neck or you can thread it through his collar.
- Enjoy the dog bowtie!
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