DIY tutorial : How to make a velcro bow tie

DIY-TUTORIAL-VELCRO-BOW-TIEContinuing from my previous post ‘PETS LOVE LIBERTY ART FABRICS‘ , where I basically made bow ties, neck-a-chiefs and scarves for pets using fabric from Liberty. I thought a tutorial on how to make a bow tie might inspire some of you to get crafting and have a little fun.

I followed this tutorial from the blog Cotton & Curls , it’s a really great tutorial and shows how cool it looks on kids. They are very good at sewing, neat and precise too, I’m a sewing novice in comparison to their skills! However my skills improving, I think that it comes with practise and experience, hence making so many bow ties for the pets featured in my previous blog post.

Follow this easy step by step craft tutorial to create this velcro bow tie. Dress your pets, kids or even yourselves up and have fun!

What you  will need :

Cut your fabric :

Main bow tie fabric – 19 x 10cm (7.5 x 4 inches)
Small centre strip – 4 x 10cm (1.5 x 4 inches)
Collar – Measure around neck for a rough length, for a loose cat collar I tried 4 x 35cm (1.4 x 13.5 inches).

All of these include space for seam allowance.  To cut your fabric try using a rotary cutter  and ruler track.


Get the main bow tie fabric and an iron ready for this next step.Folding-to-make-bow Once you’ve sewn this together it should look a little like this.Liberty-sewn-bowtie-first-stepNow for the centre fabric strip.  Fold the small piece of fabric in half, length ways so that it’s inside out. Sew together along the longest side using a sewing machine. Then turn it inside out to  reveal the correct side of the fabric. To help do this, I used a safety pin and pulled it through, see below.

bowtiemiddleThen iron this little piece with the seam at the back. You may notice that this piece is quite long, the size will vary due to the fabric you choose. As my fabric is quite thin and delicate, I don’t need to use much. Wrap it around the centre and tack with a needle and thread to the correct size.

bowtiemakingTrim the excess fabric.  
Liberty-making-bow-tieNow turn this little piece inside out to reveal the correct side of the fabric and hiding all seams.

Step3Pull the bow tie through this piece so that it fits in the centre. I used a safety pin again to help.

Liberty-bowtie-sewnDepending on the thickness and rigidity of the fabric you may need a little assistance in keeping the shape of the bow tie. Feed a pencil through each loop to help plump up the shape. Now spray the bow tie using spray starch on both sides, use a hair dryer to set the starch. This trick works wonders!

Bow-and-pencilsNow it’s time for the collar. Take your pre-cut piece of fabric and sew it length ways (inside out), using the same technique as the centre piece of fabric. Turn inside out and iron.CollarmeasureMake sure that when you’re measuring the collar, leave enough fabric to overlap itself. This way, when the velcro is added it can be adjustable. Fold over the edges and sew, then add the velcro. I bought self adhesive velcro which works well but I feel it needs a little extra security by sewing a few little stitches. If you choose to do this, you may want to use a different needle, slightly thinner and one you don’t mind getting covered in glue.

Once the velcro is added, sew the bow tie to the centre of the collar. Make sure all of the pieces are sewn well together and voilà a custom velcro bow tie! (please excuse my messy velcro sewing!)
Liberty-fabric-bow-tie-with-velcroIntroducing my model, Hansel.

HanselposeSO happy!

HanselyawnIf you don’t want to make the collar, you can alternatively make a small velcro loop that is sewn on the the back of the bow tie and can be clipped onto any collar.

Please send in any pictures of your creations and I’ll add a link or even feature in the gallery below.

For more pets in bow ties follow this link to my previous blog post, Pets love Liberty Art fabrics

Have fun making!

H x

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  • Reply onel May 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Love the fabric you use on the kitty! And Hansel is very photogenic 😉

    • Reply Hannah May 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks! I’m a huge fan of Liberty’s fabrics Hansel is too. 🙂

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  • Reply Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger May 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So cute and I love it so much! Off to pick out the perfect fabric for my own dapper kitties!

    • Reply Hannah May 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Great! Send me a pic link when you’ve dressed up your kitties! ah brilliant 🙂

  • Reply Emilie May 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Great tute Hannah, love your photots and instructions. You are easy to follow 🙂 I might have to make a girlie “pussy bow” for my feline, Fleur ♡

    • Reply Hannah May 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Emilie! Love the pun 😉 send me a pic of Fleur when she’s dressed up and I’ll add her to the post xxx

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  • Reply Kelly May 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    So cute! Wish I was crafty enough to make them myself! I’ve been eyeing these for a while now OMG!

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