How to Make Dog Bow Ties

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether worn by itself or as part of a dog tuxedo, a bow tie gives your dog a look of formality. While you can buy a commercially made dog bow tie, a custom black bow tie takes just a little time and money to make yourself. Dress your dog in a bow tie for occasions such as dog-friendly weddings, holidays and charity events, or make one as part of a dog Halloween costume. Find wide ribbon in most craft stores.

Cut the ribbon to about 8 inches in length for a medium-sized dog using scissors. Place the ribbon face down and fold in the ends until they meet in the centre. Machine sew the ends together or glue with craft glue and allow to dry completely.

Make a 2-inch strip of ribbon. Fold the edges under to make the width slightly more than an inch wide. Press the piece flat with a warm iron.

Align the sewn or glued edges on the larger piece of ribbon so it's centred. Pinch the fabric together in the centre to make a bow shape.

Loop the smaller ribbon around the pinched centre of the bow, with the folded edges facing in. Hand sew the ends of the small piece together with a needle and thread. Before you cut the thread, pull the needle through the centre of the bow and back again two or three times to hold it in place.

Cut the thread on the back side of the bow and tie the end off. Adjust the bow to make it straight.

Place the collar around your dog's neck. Make a mark with a piece of chalk or a marker in the centre, where you want the bow tie.

Cut a 1-inch long strip of hook and loop fastener. Hot glue one side to the back of the bow tie and the other side onto the mark on the collar.

Attach the bow tie to the collar by pressing together the hook and loop fastener.


Remove the bow tie without removing the collar by detaching the hook and loop pads. Use ribbon in any colour or design.


Hot glue burns skin on contact. Use caution when handling a hot glue gun.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch wide black satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Craft glue
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue
  • Hook and loop fastener (Velcro)
  • Dog collar
  • Chalk or marker
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Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.