Monday, December 23, 2013

No-Sew Bow Ties

Our dogs are an important part of our family, so it only seemed natural to include them in our holiday photos.  I wanted something cute for the dogs, so I decided to make a few matching bow ties.

For my no-sew version I decided to use my glue gun.

I started by cutting my fabric into a large square.

To prevent the unfinished edges from showing, I ironed a crease on both sides.

Next, fold the bottom half of the fabric to meet the center.

Then fold the top down to meet the center and slightly overlap the bottom half.

To keep things neat, I went over my fabric again with my iron.

Flip the fabric over and pinch the center.

Dab a little hot glue to the center of the bottom pleat and attach it to middle of the bow.

Repeat the same step for the top pleat.

Flip your bow tie over and dab a little glue in the center of the pleat to secure the shape.

Cut a long piece of fabric and fold the raw edges toward the center of the fabric and iron flat.

*Your piece will not need to be this long if you are only making one bow.  It should be long enough to wrap around your bow and secure with glue.

You could easily attach an alligator clip or pin to the back of your bow tie to wear it in your hair or around your neck if you like.

I simply attached the bows to the dogs' collars using my glue gun.  If you would like something less permanent then you can attach them with a piece of elastic glued to the back of the bow tie and slip it through the collar. 

My dogs don't wear their collars around the house, only when we're walking them and for pictures!

They look so cute in their bow ties!

I'm a little bit in love with that face!

I am linking this post to: Home Stories A to Z 
Tip Junkie Handmade ProjectsLove of Family & HomeTDC Before and After


  1. Very handsome pack you have! What I wouldn't give to see you walking them down the street all festive and distinguished! That's a great idea and super easy! You did it again!
    Merry Cheistmas!

  2. Your dogs look very hipster with the bow ties, you should parade them around town. I'm sure they'll get a lot of attention.
    Happy Holidays B!

  3. Ok this is seriously too cute! Happy Holidays Brandi!

  4. I love how festive they look!
    I alos cracked up laughing at the fact that you shy away from sewing but think nothing of ironing the heck out of the fabric for the DOGS!!!! he he he.
    Only dog mamas would do this.
    Merry Christmas Brandi and family

  5. OMG Brandi they are all so adorable. You need to show more of them on your blog. Love the bow ties!

  6. These are adorable, Brandi, and your 'models' are so adorable, too! Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and many blessings for the new year! Hugs xo Karen

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog Brandi! Your dogs are gorgeous and I'm sure they are enjoying wearing their beautiful handmade bow ties with pride. Merry Christmas x Val

  8. This is too adorable and this is coming from a woman who doesn't do dogs at all! Merry Christmas Brandi!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your fur babies are looking snazzy in their bow ties!

  10. I love all those faces and those Bow Ties, oh my word. I must tell my daughter, quick!!! Thanks for sharing, Brandi...Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!!

  11. I am going to forward the link to this post to both my Mom and my sister. They have dogs and will have a BLAST making these for them! They love to dress those dogs up for everything!!!!!!

  12. What a cute idea! I like that it's attached to the collar.

  13. Your lab looks so much like my adopted dog Dakota! Love these so clever!

  14. You have the sweetest dogs ever! They look too adorable with the bow ties, you have been very good with them!:) Kisses!

  15. So cute! Makes me want to make some for my little boy...and maybe attach them to a shirt? Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. I have been looking at some of your past post as I have missed seeing what you have been up too. I wish I had one ounce of your creative talent. You do need your own shop so you can fill it with your creations.

    Looks like you have 3 sweet noses for kisses. I bet when they all sleep with you guys, it can be called a "3 dog night" and they keep you quite warm. Better than a heating blanket.

    May GOD keep you all safe this coming New Year.

  17. What cute bows, and how handsome your fur children are!

  18. oh, your pups are GORGEOUS! the bow ties for photos was a nice touch. :)

    thanks for stopping by today! happy new year blessings wished to you!

  19. I love bow ties. I love even more that you did it up in tartan. :)

  20. Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie. I love my dog and loathe sewing so this tutorial is perfect for me- thanks for sharing!

  21. My boys would probably love this...they always want to dress our dog up ;).


Thank-you kindly for taking the time to leave me a comment. I respond to all questions through email.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.