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Dog collar bow tie

These pictures show the final product from the dog collar bow tie project.
These pictures show the final product from the dog collar bow tie project.
Kelsey Whing

Throughout the years, dogs have moved up the ranks from simple pet to family member and as this has happened we have started to include them in important events and photos along with the everyday ones. This article provides a way for you to spoil your pet once again, this time by giving him or her a collar bow tie.

The dog (or cat) collar bow tie is simple and inexpensive to make. From start to finish, it will probably take you an hour or less.

Here's what you need:

  • Fabric (Using a cotton fabric works best. I usually choose ones from the scraps section or quilters quarters since they tend to be inexpensive and you can make multiple bow ties from one piece.)
  • Scissors
  • Needle, thread, pins
  • Interfacing
  • Pencil
  • Collar
  • Iron

The pattern I use is from the blog Prudent Baby, which has many wonderful DIY projects and, in fact, gives you three different choices for your bow tie. I used the double fold bow tie pattern for mine.

You can follow the pattern all the way through or you use it just to make the bow tie and slip that onto your pet's collar. Pay careful attention to the middle piece that makes your bow tie look like a bow tie, it must be able to fit over the collar's buckle. You can always make it bigger, slip it over the bow tie and then alter it once everything is in place.

I made a cover for the collar itself with the same fabric as the bow tie. You can do this the same way you would make a neck strap for the bow tie, but make sure you make it wide enough to fit over the collar's buckle. I rotated the fabric enough to leave the ring for the leash exposed so the collar still remains functional.

This is also a great gift idea for anyone who is adopting their first pet or planning to include their pet in a formal event or photo shoot.