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valentine bow tie dog collar

January 29, 2013

diy valentine bow ties // stuff steph does


Bow ties sure are trendy right now. And Lucy is one dog that makes sure to keep up with the trends, especially around Valentine’s Day. Last year she donned a heart sweater that I think may be even more in style this year than it was last year. If you want your dog to be trendy keep on reading for this easy bow tie collar tutorial.

how to make a bow-tie collar:

diy valentine bow ties // stuff steph does


First things first, cut out your fabric pieces. These sizes are all guidelines. You can cut pieces bigger and have a bigger bow or a wider collar. It’s up to you!

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does


Fold and press the fabric into the thirds so the edges are in the back on all three pieces.

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Fold the bow and the “tie” piece in half with the right sides together and sew the edges together. Trim your threads and flip right side out. A re-press may be in order as well.

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does


Accordian-fold the bow piece and slip it through the tie piece. Boom! Bow tie.

If you just wanted to make the bow tie part, you’re done! Fluff up and straighten out and enjoy that bow tie. Keep going if you want to make the rest of the collar and see Lucy’s mad modeling skills in her new favorite accessory.

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Press the ends under on the collar piece. I also cut the corners off to keep things looking nice and neat. Sew the velcro on the wrong side on one end and the right side on the other end. It’s helpful to finish one end then wrap the piece around your pup’s neck to make sure you get just the right length before finishing the other end. Make sure to leave room for the velcro to overlap on itself!

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Slide the collar piece through the tie piece and make your dog instantly trendy!

diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Lucy is very aware when she is getting her picture taken. She refused to look at me at first.


diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Then I bribed her with a treat, hence the “shake.”


diy valentine bow tie dog collar // stuff steph does

Enjoy your  new bow ties for yourself or your pup!

Happy Crafting!


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  • Reply Marlee March 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Nice explanation! Attempting this today! Wish me luck!

  • Reply Maria August 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the visual and directions are excellent. My Yorkie is going to be very happy!

  • Reply Melissa September 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Strange question, where are you located and did you adopt Lucy? Did you get her from NOV 2010 Urban Paws? If so my boyfriend has her brother!!! THEY LOOK EXACTLY ALIKE!!!! I have been wanting to get him a bow tie so bad and upon my search i swear I found him lol!!

    • Reply steph September 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      haha I did adopt Lucy, but in Northwest Ohio and in 2007. Maybe they’re cousins? Either way, now you can make him a bow tie! 🙂

  • Reply Jamie January 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Very simple and cute idea! Much better than stuffing your dog with loads of treats 😉


    • Reply steph January 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Jamie!

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    Hi! Do you know what type of Lucy is? We adopted a dog in October that looks EXACTLY like her! We’ve been having a heck of a time trying to figure out what he is. We even named him Izzy, as in what “izzy.”

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      Hi Angela! Lucy is a Cairn Terrier, like Toto from Wizard of Oz! I love your dog’s name, so cute and clever!

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    Hello! Do you know how big Lucy’s neck is? I know that sounds like a weird question but I have an adorable, fat necked pup named Beezus and I don’t think that size of a collar will fit. She is a Cocker Spaniel and Australian Shepherd mix. Thank you in advance!

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