The Problem: Thanksgiving is coming up and my pups need to look festive on a budget!
The Solution: Five new collar bows that fit my little boy and girl!
(Little) Table of Contents:
Pilgrim Hat Bow
Bling-ucopia (HA – I make myself laugh)
Turkey (His and Hers)
Pilgrim Hat Bow
Step 1: Cut a length of thick ribbon (mine is 3″) and origami it into a hat! Is origami a verb? It should be.
Step 2: Add the ribbon belt.
Step 3: Make a small square with some wire and sew it on center front.
Step 4: Add a felt back.
Step 5: Add a strip of felt to the back with an elastic looped through it.
Step 1: Cut the apple in half.
Step 2: Make the ribbon background.
Step 3: Add the apple and felt back.
Step 4: Add a strip of felt to the back with an elastic looped through it.
Step 1: Cut out six pieces of ribbon all the same length.
Note: Now is a good time to mark the middle of each length which will be important for the next step.
Step 2: Thread each length of ribbon onto a needle as shown below.
Step 3: Cut small lengths of curled ribbon (preferably green like a vine) and dab a little bit of hot glue on one end to keep it from fraying. Then go ahead and thread those onto the needle with the pumpkin.
Step 4: Sew a small brown button on the top for a stem!
Step 5: Make the green ribbon background.
Step 6: Cut out a piece of felt a little smaller than the pumpkin and glue the felt circle to one side while gluing the pumpkin onto the other.
Step 7: Add a strip of felt to the back with an elastic looped through it. I don’t have a picture of this for this bow, but it’s the same as how I’ve added the elastic to the other bows. To compensate for the missing picture, please take this one of my nephew, Riley, wearing the pumpkin bow, in its stead.
Step 1: Cut out a cornucopia shape, then duplicate the cornucopia shape adding on some space where the cornucopia opens up.
Step 2: BLING!
Step 3: Cut out around the gems using sharp little scissors, then glue the other cornucopia on top of the blingy one.
Step 4: Add some ridges.
Step 5: Make a background bow.
Step 6: Glue on the cornucopia and the loop for the collar.
His and Her Turkey Bows
I’m going to start with hers because that’s the turkey I made first!
Step 1: Cut out a “Bozo the clown” (anybody?) turkey shape, a circle slightly smaller than the turkey shape, a triangle beak, and an oval wattle (that little flappy thing under their beak 🙂 )
Step 2: Make the tail. The easiest way to understand how I made the tail is visually, so below is a step-by-step out of pictures. Keep in mind that I glued all of it with very, very thin layers of hot glue.
Step 3: Glue on the front and back to the tail.
Step 4: Add the face! I glued on the beak and wattle and sewed on the eyes.
Full disclosure: the main difference between the His and Her turkeys is that the His is bigger than the Hers… and that’s mainly because my boy pup is bigger than my girl pup… But I made the tails a bit differently depending on your taste!
Step 1: Cut out the body, circle, beak, and wattle just like the ones for the first turkey, only a little bit bigger.
Step 2: Cut out different lengths of ribbon and lay out a pattern you like. The length of the ribbon will be roughly twice as long as the tail will end up since the ribbon will be doubled over. Then loop each ribbon and thread it onto a needle, going in and out once per loop.
Step 3: Glue the front and the back of the turkey onto the tail the same way as the Her turkey.
Step 4: Glue on the turkey’s face! I chose to embroider the eyes on the is turkey, but I think the beads were easier.
There you go! Five Thanksgiving bows that are easy and fun to make! Personally, I’d keep the apple bow for day use because the apple itself is hard plastic, but all of the other ones are so soft they don’t even phase the pups.
If you decide to make these bows or variations thereof, please comment and post pictures! (This is purely for professional research and has nothing to do with wanting to see as many adorable dogs as possible… 🙂 )