When I saw this adorable bow tie for cats on Fab last week, I had to resist the urge to reach for my wallet. I’ve recently paid some unforeseen veterinary bills (to treat my dog’s allergies) so I forbade myself from spending even $19 to dress up the cat. Sticking to a budget blows.
Lucky for me I had some leftover fabric scraps and a hot glue gun. I knew I could make my own and not spend a dime. The finished product turned out better than I expected. My sister even requested one for herself. With how quick and easy they were to make, I’ll never buy a bow tie from a store. Try it out for yourself! Instructions adapted from Style Me Pretty:
- scrap fabric
- elastic (or any other sturdy band)
- velcro strips
- hot glue gun
- a pair of scissors, a ruler & a pencil
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of fabric measuring 9″ by 4.5″. Take one piece and fold the long ends in until the edges meet in the middle.
Step 2: Dab hot glue in the middle to secure the ends down.
Step 3: Flip the fabric over and fold the short ends in until the edges meet in the middle.
Step 4: Dab hot glue in the middle to secure the ends down.
Step 5: Repeat the steps above for the second piece of fabric. I folded the ends more to make the final rectangle slightly smaller than the first.
Step 6: Take the smaller piece and create a pleat with the long ends. Dab hot glue on each side to secure the pleat.
Step 7: Take the larger piece and place it behind your basic bow. Hot glue the long ends to the smaller piece.
Step 8: Cut a 1.5″ x 3″ piece of fabric and fold into thirds. Use hot glue to secure the fold.
Step 9: Glue this onto the middle of your bow tie and secure in the back.
Step 10: Cut a 1.5″ x 17.5″ piece of fabric and 16″ strand of elastic. Hot glue the long end of the fabric down so you don’t have a raw edge. Then place the elastic on top and use hot glue to secure the other end onto it.
Step 11: Glue the finished edge onto the elastic.
Step 12: Fold the tips in and secure with glue.
Step 13: Glue both sides of the velcro onto each end (the length of these will depend on your or your pet’s neck size).
Step 14: Secure the bow to the band with hot glue.
And you’re done! No thread and needle required!
I guess there’s one last step – Step 15: Tie around your neck, your friend’s, or your pet and admire your work.
You can easily adjust the measurements when making one for your pet. Kittles is modeling a single bow tie (I didn’t use a second piece of fabric) that was made from a 6″ x 3″ piece of cloth.