Spring is in full swing. The weather is warm and it’s even raining today. I wish it were tomorrow so I could call them April showers, but it’s close enough I guess. I think Spring is my second favorite season. First fall, then spring, and winter vs summer is a wash. I love spring because of the flowers, and butterflies, and the super cute clothes. So, as any pet parent would do, I decided to share that love with my dog. As usual this outfit isn’t very masculine, but Max is a good sport and really doesn’t care what I dress him in. I did buy some steel colored buttons with stars for another project, but these flower buttons were so cute I had to use them first.
Hey everyone, so I know I’ve been posting lots of bows recently, but I promise this should be the last one for a little while. I can’t help it, I just love bows! You really can’t have a complete dog outfit without a pair of bows, and, as far as I’m concerned, you really can’t have enough bows. So I was at the thrift store the other day and saw these adorable little flower earrings and the first thing I thought was, how can I make bows out of those? So I bought them, did some trial and error, and figured it out, and now I want to tell you guys, because with earrings as a center you can make some really stunning bows.
The bows I made for this project, I wouldn’t really call stunning, but they remind me of a super sweet flower garden; light and delicate, and perfect for the soon to come spring days.
For this project you are going to need:
- A pair of post earring (yes there is only one earring in this picture, because the other one is already turned into a bow)
- Ribbon of your choice
- Scissors (not pictured)
- A metal file
- Hot glue (here’s the one I have and it’s perfect for all my crafts)
Poke your earring through your ribbon close (close to the start). You can cut off any excess when you’re done
Loop your ribbon over to form a loop and poke your earring post through again. Continue this until you have as many loops as you want. If you want to go around your earring like I did just rotate your ribbon as you make your loops
When you have as many loops as you want cut your ribbon. If you’d like to add a second ribbon do that now.
Place a little bit of hot glue in between your ribbon layers. You don’t need to do this between every layer, just pick two or three spots and add some glue. I choose the first layer, the last layer, and a point near the middle.
Step 5 (optional)
If your earrings have a regular metal back (the kind that look like a scroll) you can do this part, otherwise just skip it. Using a pair of round nose pliers bend the scroll loops out and use your clippers to cut them off. Now you should have a little square with a hole in the middle. Put a dab of hot glue on your post and glue down the cut back. This is just some extra security for your ribbon. This is where the high temp glue gun really comes in handy, you’re going to need a few seconds to get things in place here and you don’t want your glue to cool to quickly. My husband bought me this Surebonder, and I’m in love with it.
Make sure your bow is perfect. After you do step 6 there is really no going back. Using your cutters, cut your post down as close as you can. Use you file to soften the edges and flatten the cut edge a bit.
Add some hot glue to your barrette and glue on your bow. If your bow is much shorter than your barrette you can wrap the barrette in a matching ribbon, or a ribbon that will hide well in your dog’s fur.
Repeat these steps to make a matching bow and enjoy!
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I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know what you think about this project in the comments.
So I have another bow tutorial for you guys today. I really like bows. But this tutorial is a little different, because it uses a bow maker, instead of me trying to do it all by hand. About a week and a half ago I was given a mini Bowdabra bow making kit, and it pretty much changed the way I make bows. Once and a while I will probably still sew a bow or just try something new to see if I can, but for no-sew bows, a bow maker is the way to go. It’s fast, easy, and gives you a polished look that hot glue just doesn’t seem to do.
I love dressing my dogs up. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do with my dogs. If you’ve been here long, you probably already know about my past poodle. And a proper poodle she was too! She loved a fresh hair cut, great big bows, cute sweaters, and yes – even jewelry. Our necks were the same size, so I would let her borrow my necklaces if there was a reason to dress up. Don’t ask me how I figured that out. “I was thirteen, obsessed with my dog, and had nothing better to do?” is the only answer I can come up with. Anyway, I don’t have my sweet Pompeii anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still think about dressing pets to their best.
I’ve been thinking about making a necklace for some time now, and I finally made myself sit down and do it. I love this pattern because it can be fitted to any mammal. Though I would only really recommend it for dogs, cats, and guinea pigs (maybe a rabbit, if you have a really calm one). It’s a little more involved than some of my other projects, but so worth it.
After making the no sew bows a few months ago I really wanted to make a more polished looking pair, so I pulled out my sewing machine and got to work. The whole project took me about half an hour, with choosing my fabric being the longest part for sure. Even if you’re not great at sewing these bows are super easy and I’ll go through it step by step. If sewing comes naturally please embellish these however you’d like and share your tips. Don’t forget to go on Facebook and share your bows!
I love to dress up my dogs, it’s one of the reasons I like girl dogs so much. And why not; whether we’re going to a party, the park, expecting company, or it’s a holiday there are so many reasons to dress up your dog, and they look soooo cute! Sometimes your just in the mood for a new Saturday walking bow… anyway, you get the point – I dress up my dogs a lot. But, just like my own wardrobe, sometimes I can’t find the perfect accessory and need to make one on the spot. This no-sew dog bow tutorial is perfect for moments just like that. Each bow takes only 3-5 minutes to make and they are so customizable. If your looking for a more professional look a needle and thread is definitely the way to go, but if you just need a quick bit of fancy and fun pull out the glue gun.
P.S. – This bow can be made with a needle and thread if you wish, or you can use ribbon for clean edges. Using wired ribbon will also give you the option of a fluffy bow.