It’s that time of the year: awards season. If you’re a fan of TV, movies, and music, you might also enjoy watching all the awards shows, like the 22nd annual SAG Awards (January 30). Coming up soon there’s also the 58th annual Grammy Awards (February 15) and the 88th annual Academy Awards (February 28).
Maybe you don’t get all gussied up to watch the awards shows (or maybe you do, I’d love to know!), but I’ve got a super fun way to dress your mutt up for the occasion. It’s this absolutely adorable, easy to make DIY doggie bow tie!
What I love about this bow tie is that you can do it up in so many different colors that are perfect for boy or girl dogs, and because they’re so inexpensive to make, your dog can have an entire wardrobe of pretty bows for every season, every event, heck, every mood! Check out my friend Kelly’s dog, Sampson, modeling his new bow tie!
My favorite DIY projects involve minimal supplies and take less than an hour to do, and this one fits the bill perfectly. You’ll just need your choice of fabric, scissors, a glue gun (I love this cordless one), and a needle and thread. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
I’ve included a few in-process photos below, but if you have any questions about how the project should go, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Fabric (see specifics below under Instructions)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Needle and thread
- 1. First, determine how much fabric you'll need by looking at the example sizes below. For this tutorial, I used the medium size (12' x 7").
- 2. Lay the fabric face down and fold the long ends inwards into thirds.
- 3. Fold one of the short edges inward just over half way.
- 4. Fold the other short edge inward just overlapping the other short edge.
- 5. With your hot glue gun ready, pinch the center of the folded fabric (should take the form of a bow/bow tie) and hot glue the center so that it stays pinched together.
- 6. For reinforcement, I used a needle and thread and stitched right through the center of the bow a couple of times.
- 7. Use one of the remaining small fabric strips to glue around the center of the bow to make a more finished look.
- 8. Use the other remaining strip of fabric and do the same, except this time, don't glue the strip all the way down in the back of the bow. Instead leave an opening wide enough to slip your over pet's collar.
- Small = 10"x7"
- Medium = 12"x7"
- Large = 14"x7"
- Whatever size you choose, you'll need that much fabric PLUS enough to cut 2 additional small strips. See example photo below.
This is a really fun project that any DIYer will enjoy doing, and your mutt will look adorable wearing his (or her!) new bow! If you decide to take on this project, we’d love for you to share photos with us over on The Lazy Pit Bull Facebook page!
To check out our other fun doggie DIY projects, click here!