DIY No-Sew Bow Tie for Dog, Cat, or Human

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:

Supplies for DIY Bow Tie


– scrap fabric

– elastic (or any other sturdy band)

– velcro strips

– hot glue gun

– a pair of scissors, a ruler & a pencil

DIY Bow Tie: Steps 1 -4

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.

DIY Bow Tie: Step 5 - 8

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.

DIY Bow Tie: Step 9 - 10

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.

DIY Bow Tie: Steps 11 - 14

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).

DIY Bow Tie: Step 15

Step 14: Secure the bow to the band with hot glue.

And you’re done! No thread and needle required!

DIY Bow Tie for Man/Woman

I guess there’s one last step – Step 15: Tie around your neck, your friend’s, or your pet and admire your work.

DIY Bow Tie for Dog or Cat

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.


12 thoughts on “DIY No-Sew Bow Tie for Dog, Cat, or Human

    • Thanks! I think it took my about half an hour the first time cause I was trying to figure things out as I went along. It probably won’t take more than 15 minutes since the glue sets fast – cutting out the fabric will be the most time consuming. You’ll get it down fast and plow right through those 20! Good luck!

  1. That was amazing! I just made a zebra print one for my cat but I used a closure rather than elastic so I can take it off fairly easily πŸ˜€ MY cat doesn’t really like it but he looks so dashing ^-^

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    • Hi Sara – you can definitely just use velcro (either side). I’d imagine any thick but flexible material would work. I happened to use elastic because I had some left over from another project πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for this great tutorial! I love your voice in your writing as well, very encouraging and just shows that you had fun making the stuff! God bless!

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