DIY Bow Tie Cat Collar

March 04, 2012

1. Display Picture
I’ve had this project in the back of my head since long before we even adopted Hugo. The Humane Society we adopted him from was nice enough to provide us with a collar and I happened to have some matching fabric on hand so I was able to whip this little project up the other day. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Collar
  • Fabric
  • Scissors [I also used a rotary cutter, but it’s not necessary]
  • Needle/Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Safety Pin

Step 1: As with any sewing project, you’ll need to iron the fabric first.
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Then measure and cut your fabric. I didn’t actually use any precise measurements with mine, but I don’t recommend doing that… you’ll see what I mean in a minute.
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Step 2: Then pin your hem in place, iron it down, and sew it up.
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As you can see I used lime green thread for the top stitch and yellow for the bottom – Sometimes it’s fun to use different colors… other times I’m just too lazy to make a bobbin with matching thread. I’ll let you decide which was the case here.
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Now here’s where I messed up. I cut my fabric waaay too wide, so when I tested how it would looked pinched into a bow it was a big, ol’ crumply mess.
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But, there was a quick no-sew fix for this – Just fold and press the hem in place instead!
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Step 3: Next you’ll need to sew the ends of the strip together. Do this by first folding the fabric in half, inside out, then stitch up where the ends meet, trim the excess, and finally flip the fabric back the right way.
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Step 4: Now it’s time to fold the fabric into its bow shape.
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1. Start by placing your thumbs about 1/4 of the way from the edge of the fabric // 2. Pinch the fabric together so that the middle comes up between you thumbs // 3. Fold the edges over again away from the center of the fabric // 4. Repeat step 3 but fold in the opposite direction // 5. Pinch the center together and hold for ten seconds or so [long enough for the fabric to retain most of its shape once you let go]

Now for the bow to keep its shape just use a hot glue gun to adhere each piece of fabric together where needed.
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Step 5. Now you’ll need to make the middle piece of the bow to wrap around the center.
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Since my first strip of fabric was too big, I knew I needed to trim down this piece as well. Then I just used the iron to hem up the sides. After that you just wrap it around the center, glue it in place, and snip off any extra fabric.
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Step 6. All that’s left now is to fasten the bow to the cat’s collar.
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I used a safety pin for now, to see how Hugo would react and adjust to having it on his collar. If he doesn’t have any problems with it after a few days I’ll go ahead and glue it in place with the hot glue gun.

And that's it!
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Here’s Sir Hugo wearing his fancy-shmancy new accessory.
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Isn’t he so handsome! Such a dapper young gentleman!


Nancy said...

What a cute collar and a very handsome cat!

Susie @Bowdabra said...

This is adorable! We'd love for you to stop in and link it up in our Crafty Showcase!!! We do a lot of dog bows but really love this cat bow!

Susie @Bowdabra

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, hugo is so cute and dapper in his new tie! we just got a new kitten, and i've got pictures of her wearing a barbie crown. i love dressing up animals, lol, and i'm proud to admit it!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

What a stylish kitty!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

Thanks, Nichi