Monday, September 19, 2011

Dog Bow Tie

What would I do without Pinterest?  (Besides clean my house, read, etc).  I mean, I would never know that Ike needed a bow tie…

via Oh Weddings

You all know that I’m too cheap to actually buy this though, right? Right.

How hard can it be to make a bow tie?  With a little experimentation (I did major in Biology) on a rainy Sunday, I came up with this…


Would you like to make your favorite canine a bow tie?  Here’s how I did it.  I, however, should probably stick to give advice about your medications but here’s my attempt at a sewing tutorial.  I wish I knew how to use our DSLR…

Gather your supplies:
  • Two 4”x12” pieces of your fanciest fabric.  Dogs totally know the difference.
    • I made a couple before I got the size right.  Ike weighs about 24 lbs so you can probably guess from there the size you may need.
  • One 3" x 4" piece of matching fabric
  • A sewing machine.
  • Thread and needle.

Step 1: Grab the two 4”x12” pieces of fabric and place them right sides together.  Sew around the edges (I don’t remember what I used for a seam allowance. Small.)  Leave a small opening on one of the short ends.  Turn ride side out.  You might need to shove your scissors or a pen in there to get the corners.

Step 2: Sew the two ends together (tucking the unfinished edges under).  I got crazy with the zig-zag stitch. Why did I use a zig-zag stitch.  Because I have never used this option and it looked fun.  I used white thread because I wanted you all to be able to see my awesome sewing skills…not because I didn’t have black thread at on hand.


Step 3: Fold this piece in half and sew a small line (~1 inch) in the center-ish.  This will help the bow tie bend.  Ike is a great sewing assistant.


Step 4: Grab your 3”x4” piece of fabric and fold in half (right sides together) and sew along one edge.  Turn right side out.  Again, grab that pen or scissors.


Step 5: Hand sew these ends together.  Unless you are smarter than me and can figure out how to do this with a sewing machine.


Step 6:  Slide the larger piece of fabric through this newly created loop.  And voila, you have a doggie bow tie…

I slid Ike’s collar through the back of the smaller loop.  I suppose you could get fancy and sew a collar but I already felt ridiculous spending 30 minutes of my Sunday making my dog a bow tie for no apparent reason.  He loves it though…totally worth it…


Look at that face.  Pure joy from his bow tie.  Or was it the bone in my hand?  Totally the bow tie.
How do you pamper your pet?  Fancy toys, yummy treats, bow ties?


  1. Ike is a beautiful model :)
    Love the bow tie! you are very creative!


  2. Adorable. I bet he had some extra pep in his step after putting on that bow tie.

    Jack hates wearing any extras, but he loves his collar. It completes him (at least that's what he thinks).

  3. Awwwwww! He looks SO dapper! I think he has a smug look on his face in the pictures. It's clearly his "ladies" look ;)

  4. EVERY dog needs a bow tie. This is too cute!

  5. I just called out to my family "Ike has a bow tie" and they all came running. We are all huge Ike fans and now even more so! Handsome guy:)

  6. HAHAHAHA. Ike looks so distinguished and proper. My dog would be jealous. Maybe I should make her a bow tie for her ears?

  7. So cute, although my dog would find a way to chew it off. Jerk.

    But he loves his huge bone, and ice. Ice is always a winner for him.

  8. Ahhh I love it!! Totally making this for Sammy for our wedding, Michelle, you are effing brilliant!! And Ike, you are a handsome lil love.

  9. LOL! He looks so distinguished! I love that he loves it. :)

  10. Ike sure does clean up real good :)
    I think my Harry could use one of these.

  11. Ike totally rocks the dotted bow tie!
    I've monogrammed a bandana for Auggie & made him a hoodie with "RESCUE" embroidered on it.

  12. Oh my freaking goodness - this is completely adorable! I am so totally in love with this idea. Ted needs a bowtie. STAT.

  13. @Carol, that is so cute that you've got the whole family involved in the blog. I've introduced my gf to the site and I share every Ike post with her.

  14. Thanks everyone! Ike keeps reminding us that he's "kind of a big deal" on the internet. Not big enough to chew his bone on my couch though. :P

  15. omg...sooooo cute! I have two male labs and I'm already planning on how to convince my hubby to let me do this for them. Love.

  16. if you turn the middle peice in side out and sew it then turn it back in side right, you can eliminate hand stitching.

  17. Hi,

    I wanted to know if you think a light weight interfacing is necessary on the bow tie? If so, can you please recommend one to use? Maybe A Pellon interfacing?

    Thank you!

  18. This is very helpful. Thanks

  19. Thanks for the clear instructions! It was really easy!

  20. i was just googling this looking for doggy bow ties. Oh my gosh - might I say yours is the cutest one out of all that I've seen. LOVE!

  21. I just made this. Harper is a fan. Thanks for the directions!

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