Look how handsome! Alison and I each picked up a few sacks of awesome remnants for super cheap from Sew LA's booth at Renegade Craft Fair last weekend. I don't know about you, but I love random assortments of pretty things. I started rifling and sorting as soon as Jonathan and I got into the car. Isn't it cool how a particular color or texture can give you a bajillion ideas?
First up, and super early to boot, I made Egon a Halloween bow tie! It slides onto his regular collar for extra security, and so he can be fancy and carry identification at the same time. What if he were to get carded at the door of some puppy soiree?
I'll tell you how to make one for your dapper pet after the jump. It's very easy.
Iron, Thread, Needle
(Sewing Machine Optional)
3 x 11" (collar)*
6 x 8" (bow)
4 x 5" (bow ring)
For a large dog, you will need rectangles of fabric in these sizes:
Measure collar as described below*
6 x 11" (bow)
4 x 5" (bow ring)
*To make a size fitted to your own dog's collar, cut a rectangle the length of your dog's collar plus 1/2" by width at widest point of collar plus 1" (1 1/2" for big collars with fat buckles). Double check the width before you cut by wrapping the fabric all the way around the collar, then adding 1/4" seam allowance.
For reference, Egon weighs eight pounds. I made his collar piece a bit long because he's still growing. It's fine to make it long. It will still fit, but it will scrunch a little bit on the sides of the collar, as you can see in the photos.
7. Fold one long side up to the center of the fabric and iron flat.
8. Fold other long side to the center and iron flat.
9. Fold one short side in to the center. Iron flat. Fold other side in to center and iron flat.
10. Sew one line over each center fold, close to the edge of the fold, as shown. Backstitch at beginning and end of line (if machine-sewing).
12. Fold opposite side in to center and iron flat.
13. Fold lengthwise in half and iron flat. Fabric may not stay flat, but you can pin or hold it flat for sewing.
14. Sew as close as possible to open edge, as seen in photo, backstitching at beginning and end.
15. Rotate tube so that sewn edge is in the back and iron flat. Wrap around center of bow tightly. If the tube is too long, cut it down to size.
16. Fold tube in half, wrong side out. Sew together along short edge, backstitching at beginning and end. If you like, sew another line close to the first one for added stability.
17. Turn this ring right side out. Slide it onto the bow. This should be slightly difficult. :)
18. Tack the ring you just added to the bow with a few stitches, making sure no stitches show in the front of the bow. Don't go out the front of the ring. (I wanted to be more careful than usual about securing this bow because I don't want Egon to take it apart!)
19. Carefully stitch the back of the bow's ring to only the top layer of the collar cover (on the right side). Make sure not to sew through both layers of the collar cover, or you won't be able to get the collar inside!
Awesome! I hope that was easy to follow. Let me know in comments if any questions arise. Have a wonderful weekend!