How to Make Dog Bow Ties


Whether worn by itself or as part of a dog tuxedo, a bow tie gives your dog a look of formality. While you can buy a commercially made dog bow tie, a custom black bow tie takes just a little time and money to make yourself. Dress your dog in a bow tie for occasions such as dog-friendly weddings, holidays and charity events, or make one as part of a dog Halloween costume. Find wide ribbon in most craft stores.

How to Make Dog Bow Ties
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Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch-wide black satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Craft glue
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue
  • Velcro
  • Dog collar
  • Chalk or marker
Step 1

Cut the ribbon to about 8 inches in length for a medium-sized dog using scissors. Place the ribbon face down and fold in the ends until they meet in the center. Machine sew the ends together or glue with craft glue and allow to dry completely.

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Step 2

Make a 2-inch strip of ribbon. Fold the edges under to make the width slightly more than an inch wide. Press the piece flat with a warm iron.

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Step 3

Align the sewn or glued edges on the larger piece of ribbon so it's centered. Pinch the fabric together in the center to make a bow shape.

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Step 4

Loop the smaller ribbon around the pinched center of the bow, with the folded edges facing in. Hand sew the ends of the small piece together with a needle and thread. Before you cut the thread, pull the needle through the center of the bow and back again two or three times to hold it in place.

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Step 5

Cut the thread on the back side of the bow and tie the end off. Adjust the bow to make it straight.

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Step 6

Place the collar around your dog's neck. Make a mark with a piece of chalk or a marker in the center, where you want the bow tie.

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Step 7

Cut a 1-inch-long strip of Velcro. Hot glue one side to the back of the bow tie and the other side onto the mark on the collar.

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Step 8

Attach the bow tie to the collar by pressing together the Velcro.

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