A week ago, I shared my bow tie sewing project on Flickr and after some questions, we decided to post more details here.
My dog Mondo was quite adorable when he was a little dude. He had a patch of white fur on his chest and it looked like he was wearing a rusty tuxedo. My family joked that he needed a bow tie. Plus, Mondo is named after a bow tie wearing designer from Project Runway. It only seemed natural that dog Mondo get his own bow tie.
Last week I took Michelle's free Recycled Dog Collar Tutorial and added a bow made from her Bows Pattern. It was super easy to make, something I needed as I'm a beginner at sewing. The Bows Pattern has three sizes (small, medium and large). Because Mondo has a tiny neck, the strap is only 1/2" wide. I used the medium bow from the pattern. I first made the small bow, and though it was too small for his neck, it was the perfect size to attach to a bobby-pin and wear in my own hair!
I made the dog collar using Michelle's tutorial with no modifications. Then I made the bow from her pattern but instead of wrapping the center piece around the bow, I first pinned the bow to the collar and then wrapped the center piece around the bow and the collar. I pinned the center piece onto the bow to secure it while I hand stitched the center piece, making sure to stitch into the collar, and then pulled both pins out after the bow and collar were securely joined. Make sure to center the bow on the collar, opposite of the buckle.
Mondo is only sitting calmly because I have a treat in my hand. Immediately after this photo was taken, he ran over to the fence and barked at the neighbor's chickens. Still a scrapper, no matter how fancy he looks.
Does your dog have a wedding to attend this summer? Perhaps you like to celebrate your pet's birthday. I highly recommend making a flashy bow-tie!