You will need
- Main fabric: 40x50cm
- Contrast fabric: 40x40cm
- Iron on interfacing 12 x 42cm
- Velcro: sew on: 4x4cm
- Basic sewing kit
- Use a 5mm seam allowance
- The bow tie will fit a dog with 28-30cm (11x12in) neck. This is adjustable by making the collar strip longer.
- WS – Wrong sides together
- RS – Right sides together
1. From the pattern, trace the collar piece, bottom bow, top bow and bow knot then cut them out.
2. Cut a strip of main fabric 13x43cm then press the interfacing onto the WS. Fold in half RS together width ways.
Place the collar piece pattern edge marked FOLD on the fabric fold, pin then cut out. You can cut this longer if required to fit your dog.
3. Place the remaining main fabric and contrast fabric RS together then pin and cut out your top and bottom bow pieces, taking care to cut on the bias grain. The arrowed lines on the pattern pieces show the direction of the grain. Cut the bow knot piece from the contrast fabric only.
4. Place the two top bow pieces RS together, and sew all the way round leaving a 4cm gap. Repeat with the bottom bow pieces then trim the corners.
5. Turn both pieces RS out and slip stitch the openings closed.
6. Press the long edges of the bow knot 1cm to the WS. Fold almost in half lengthways so one side is just 3mm shorter than the other.
7. Work running stitch down the centre of both the top and bottom bow with a running stitch, then gather up.
Wrap the knot strip around the gathers and neatly sew at the back by folding one short edge under then overlapping it on top of the other.
8. Press the long collar piece in half along the centre fold line as indicated on the pattern. Press the long edges 5mm to the WS. With right sides together sew down the short edges. Turn RS out, pin the long edges together and topstitch all the way round and press firmly.
9. Sew the hook velcro square onto the WS of one end of strip, and the loop square to the RS of the other end.
10. Sew the bow onto the RS, behind the velcro hook square.
Now pop it on your dog, grab your novelty Christmas t-shirt, and get snapping!
Don’t forget to tag us into your festive photos using #BHGAUS − we can’t resist a dog in a handmade Christmas outfit.
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