DIY: No-Sew Wedding Bow-Tie


**Look for our Bow Tie DIY in the August 2013 issue of Cesar's Way magazine! **

You might already know this, but there are two things in life I can never get enough of, dogs and weddings. I'm sure you have noticed that lately many brides have been including their fluffy BFFs in their big day. Awesome, right? Since peak wedding season is upon us, I thought this would be a perfect time to share a quick way to add some fancy to their fur. You guessed it, bow-ties. Timeless, elegant, and super easy! You don't even have to sew anything, which is great for me since I am sewing impaired.You'll have this checked off your bridal to-do list in minutes and will have plenty of time to make those hanging lanterns and some confetti garland, I promise.

You'll need:
- Fabric Scissors
- Fabric (I used a simple checkered pattern) 
- Thick Velvet Ribbon (or ribbon of your choice)
- Velcro Squares (the ones with the sticky backs!)

Handy Prepping Tips: 
* Measure your dog's neck or collar size and trim the ribbon accordingly. 
* Make sure it isn't too small. You want to ensure that Fluffy is extra comfortable on the big day!

The Tutorial:
1.  Cut your fabric to approximately 4x9 inches. This is a pretty standard size for the bow-tie, but if
     you are making this for, lets say a Great Dane, I'd beef up the size. 
2.  Fold in the top and bottom sides and overlap them slightly.
3.  Fold in the left and right sides. You can choose how much you want to overlap based on the 
     desired size of your bow-tie. 
4.  Cut a skinny strip of fabric approximately 2x5 inches or longer. It just needs to be long enough 
     to tie (this will be trimmed toward the end).
5.  Pinch the center of the folded ribbon with your fingers to get the that nice bow shape. 
6.  Use your skinny piece of fabric to tie around the center of the bow. Make sure the knot is tight 
     and secure. If you feel unsure, you can always add a dot of hot glue. Trim the excess fabric.
7.  Grab you pre-trimmed ribbon and your velcro squares, we're almost done! Add a velcro square 
     (the one with the scratchy side) to the center and to the far right end of the ribbon. On the left end 
      of the ribbon add a fuzzy velcro square to the back side. Using another fuzzy velcro square, add 
      one to the back of the bow.
8.  Stick the bow to the center of the ribbon. Attach the ends together and you have a stunning bow-tie  
     that will make your dog feel stylish and ready to party!

Have fun and enjoy creating these bow-ties, sans needle and thread! And no worries if you aren't a bride-to-be, this DIY is perfect for any festive occasion, or if your pup just wants to look fancy on a Wednesday.

A special thanks to Joy and the fluffy Mr. Coco for being my awesome bride + bow-tie models. You two rocked it and made it such fun session!

* Please note that these are intended as a fun accessory and are not recommended to be used with a leash as a collar replacement. If you are wanting a durable bow-tie collar our favorite go-to brand is Silly Buddy, it's the best of both worlds!

All Images & Styling by Chic Sprinkles

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  1. This is adorable! I'm going to make one for my neice's Pom, Harley! Thanks for a great ideas!

  2. This is great - exactly what I was hoping to find! I have gifts to make for some special pups as well as my own, Dexter. Bow Ties for Christmas...yeah!!!! Thanks you so much.

  3. This is SO gorgeous, and I love your photography!! I have a Little Man who would sure look dapper wearing one of these!!

  4. What shoes are those??? They're gorgeous! Also, cute puppy!

  5. I ABSOLUTELY love this!! I had no idea what to make for my dog for Christmas, and I knew this was perfect the second I saw it. I am one of those people who sew everything, so when I saw this I was a little bit scared, but this looks sooo much better than the bows I sew. I love how you can take the bows on and off, I made a ton of bows and one collar. Super easy and fun, I'm defenately coming back to this one! ����������
    P.S. beautiful photos

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