DIY: Dog bow tie, and dog collar and tie

DIY Dog Bow Tie, and

Upcycled Bow Tie and Shirt Collar

This is my current foster dog Rawlin.  He hasn’t been to the groomer yet, so I decided that some menswear would help get the word out that this adorable 1 1/2 year old doxie will be adoptable in the near future.  Who could resist his shaggy cuteness, especially when he’s all dressed up?

DIY Dog Bow Tie

First, I made him a bow tie with some scrap fabric that I had laying around.  I wasn’t sure that he would take to a bow tie, and I didn’t have any plan fabric.  Of note is that Rawlin is a very laid back dog, and spends a lot of his time snoozing near me.  He flat out refused to sit up and pose.  Second, I made him a collar and tie.

DIY Dog Bow Tie

  •  First choose the size of your bow tie.  Rawlin is a pretty fluffy dog, so I wanted his to be oversized to stand out from his fur.  I used a greeting card for a template to cut out to pieces of fabric, and one piece of fusible interfacing a bit smaller than the fabric.  Smaller so that when I turned the fabric right side out it didn’t mess up the corners.DIY Dog Bow Ties
  • Following the manufacturers’ instructions, I fused the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric.
  • I then sewed the bow tie pieces together on three edges, back-stitching at the beginning and end.  Flipping the bow tie right side out, I then folded the unsewn fourth edge in and top-stitched in green all the way around the bow tie.
  • I cut the center piece, but due to the pattern I was forced to cut it a tad wide to accommodate the dachshund in boots.  I folded the fabric in half lengthwise, then in half again on both sides, and pressed it.  I then straight stitched a seam down the length of the fabric.  I then stitched the two ends together, backstitching repeatedly as the center is responsible for holding the bow tie on the collar.DIY Bow TieThis is offcenter due to the print.  Otherwise, it should be quartered and pressed.
  • Last I folded the bow tie in eighths widthwise and slid the center piece over it, straightening out the pleats of the bow tie.
  • The bow tie is worn by sliding it over the dogs collar.  I don’t recommend leaving a dog with the bow tie, tie, or upcycled shirt collar on unattended.


Upcycled Dog Collar and Tie

I cut the collar off of a Nordstrom men’s shirt that I found at a thrift store.  This was a bit tricky, but I clipped slowly and as close to the place where the collar joined the shirt itself as I could.  We decided that the collar needed a bit something more, and I had no coordinating fabric, so I refashioned the tie that I purchased to fit a dog.

  • To make the tie, I determined how long it needed to be and cut the men’s tie down to that length.
  • Next, I sewed a line to prevent the tie from fraying across the top at an angle.  I used a jean’s needle due to the thickness of the tie.DIY dog tie
  • I then folded the top to the wrong side of the tie with enough room for the dog’s collar to pass through.  I stitched across, backstitching at the beginning and ending of the seam.DIY dog tie
  • Finally I made a loop of tie fabric, put a straight stitch across it, and put the fray side on the back of the tie so that it’s couldn’t be seen.  Then I slid it up the tie to simulate a tie knot, and put the tie on the pup.

Quick and easy, but I will work on my technique if I decide to make some more that I want to give to others for their own pets.  They might not like the open seams on the backs of the bow tie or tie.

Rawlin will be available for adoption through DREAM Dachshund Rescue (

Disclosure:  My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.   I was not compensated in any way for this posting.  I am a volunteer for DREAM Dachshund Rescue.


  1. Gabrielle Lynn O'Brien says

    Oh my goodness. These photos are adorable! I am in love with your foster pup! Those bows are just so darn cute.

  2. says

    That’s a super cute accessory for your dog! Won’t he feel that something’s tightening on his neck? Just hoping that he is comfortable.

    • Elizabeth says

      The collar is loose enough that it slides over his head easily with lots of room to spare. The bow tie and ucpcyled collar/tie are props for rescue pups adoption ads, not for all day long wear.

  3. R U S S says

    Aww, that is the cutest thing I’ve seen today! I added your post to my list of bookmarks because I think I can do this bow thing for my future events.

  4. Ann Bacciaglia says

    What a fun and cute idea! My dog does not like it when we try to dress him up but this is so cute.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says

    I have three dogs that would love these. I am going to have to do this for them. This is such a creative idea and I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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