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How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie

We’ve brought you a DIY dog collar bow tie before, one that requires no sewing skills whatsoever. However, for dogs that are a bit more active (ahem, Topher) no sew bow ties don’t tend to last very long—one good shake from Topher started the fraying process on the bow tie, and then it was retired. I had some extra fabric left over from our dog collar, so I decided to make a new bow tie. This DIY dog collar bow tie is a perfect beginner project for anyone looking to work on their sewing skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow

Making Your Dog Collar Bow Tie

1. Cut out three rectangles from your fabric. The first two pieces will be the same size, and the third, for the middle, will be slightly smaller. The size will vary depending on the size of your dog. Here are the sizes we used for Topher, and you can adjust to your dog.

  • Bow pieces: 4 inches wide by 14 inches long
  • Middle piece: 3 inches wide by 8 inches long

2. Place your two bow pieces together so the right sides of the fabric are facing inwards, and sew together on three sides. Turn your fabric right side out, turn the final raw edge in, and iron it into place.

3. Fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create a tube. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside of the bow tie. With your fabric laying flat, your seam should be on the back of the bow tie, in the middle.

4. To create your bow shape, pinch the folded fabric together in the middle, then stitch down the center so the bow shape will stay in place. The stitching is optional—this time, I decided to keep the bow loose so I could adjust it more.

5. Next, you’ll create the center “knot” of the bow tie using the other piece of fabric. Fold this piece in half, then sew down the raw side to create a long tube. Iron so the seam and fabric lays flat.

6. Similar to your bow, fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create the full circle. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside.

7. Slip the loop back around the bow and your bow tie is done! Slide the collar through the middle loop and put it on your dog!

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie

How cute is my dog? So cute!

Lucy Bennett

Lucy is a writer, artist, and Hufflepuff currently living in Atlanta, Ga. When not making things, she enjoys costuming, tabletop games, and digging in the dirt.

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