Monday, March 19, 2012

Doggie Bow Tie Tutorial

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If you've been reading our blog, you probably know that our older brother, Ben, is getting married this month in Tybee Island.  The festivities are less than 2 weeks away and we could not be more excited!!

The wedding party includes Ben & Trish's dog, Pupper's - he will be their ring bearer.  Pupper's need to look well dressed and match the color scheme, so what better way than to use leftover fabric from one of the bridesmaid dresses!

To start, I googled bow tie tutorials and found great instructions at A Lemon Squeezy Home.  I adapted her instructions to fit a dog! 

Cut out:
Two 3" x 8.5" pieces of your accent fabric
One 3" x 8.5" piece of fleece or felt
One piece of 2.5" x 4.5" piece of accent fabric
One 3" x 13" piece of accent fabric

Layer the 2 pieces of accent fabric and fleece (3" x 8.5") together. The accent fabric should be shiny side facing each other and then the fleece behind that.

Sew together leaving a 2.5" gap so that you can turn the fabric right side out.  While the fabric is still inside out, clip the corners - this will allow the fabric to lay more flat.

Once the fabric is right side out, run a warm iron over it.

Fold in each end side to the middle and run a stitch across to connect the pieces.  You will end up with a ring of fabric.

Lay back down flat and fold in half long-wise.  Run a small stitch, about 2 inches wide, along the middle of the fabric.


Open up the fabric.  Now you have the main part of your bow tie. 

To create the middle part of the bow tie we'll use the 2.5" x 4.5" piece of accent fabric.
Fold over the ends and iron flat.  Then fold over the long wise ends.

Wrap the fabric tightly around the center of the bowtie and stitch together in the back.

To make the part that goes around the neck, use the 3" x 13" accent fabric piece and use the same folding over technique that we just did. Instead of stitching the fabric together, I used iron-on adhesive tape.  This helps make the fabric more durable and requires less noticeable seams.  I cut my tape in half so that it would fit.

Now run the piece through the bowtie center strap. 

To attach the bow tie around the neck of your dog or kid, use a hook and bar.  Measure around the neck and add the hook & bars where necessary.  I added two bars in case Pupper's wants it loose or tighter.


There you go, you've made a Bow Tie!! 
I can't wait to see how Pupper's looks in it!

Do you have any creative uses for leftover fabric?

Happy Monday!

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