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I was browsing reddit recently and came across a topic about cats wearing ties in an office. I'd say the majority of the responses were either "yay! cats wearing ties!" or "where can I buy my cat a tie?"

Well, You're in luck if your cat prefers bow ties. Or just wants to look like the Doctor.

I made this bow tie for our cats, and also drew out a pattern so the rest of you could outfit your cats as well.

(Luna is in the first two photos, Didi is in the last three and is very concerned about this whole affair)
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • scissors
  • iron + board
  • thread and needle or sewing machine
  • velcro (preferably the iron on type)
  • pattern, which is included on this step!
  • safety pin or loop turner
  • cats!

Step 2: Cut out your pattern pieces!

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Just so you can make sure the pattern you printed was sized correctly:
  • one piece 1.75 x 12 inches
  • one piece 2 x 5 inches
  • two pieces 2.5 x 3.5 inches
The longest piece will need to be with one of the shorter edges on a fold.

If you have a cat with a collar, you can also skip making the collar and just make the bow. :D

Step 3: Sew together the bow!

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Pin the two bow pieces right sides together and stitch around using a 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a hole about two inches wide on one of the long edges of the bow.

Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your work!

Trim the corners and the edges as shown in the second photo (leave the edge with the hole untrimmed!), and then carefully turn the bow right side out. Use a small crochet hook or the tip of a pen to help you get the corners nice and pointy.

Once it's turned right side out, fold in the edges of the hole so it looks nice and straight and iron it flat.

Then sew all around the edges using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. This will close the hole up. The finished product will look like the first photo. :D
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jennieboyer made it!5 months ago

So easy to make! She will definitely be getting more!

pyromonkey2 years ago
Adorable! Im mking one for my fiancees kitty!
HollyMann2 years ago
Jessy! This is way too adorable! I can't wait to make two of them for my kitties Misty and Tommy girl. :) My son will think they're awesome too!
PS- your cat is so cute and regal!
rrkrose2 years ago
I am totally going to make this. The hard part will be putting it on my cat. My cat attacks me whenever I try to pet him so I don't know if he will love wearing a bow tie. :D
jessyratfink (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
The best way to go about it is to put it on them when they're napping. :P

I typically follow that up by petting, but I guess you'll just have to wait it out until he stops freaking out that he's wearing something, hahaha
madenairy2 years ago
gr8 'ible!, i wish i had a cat (unfortunatly im landed with a bad tempered furry ball ov claws, with a personality sumware between freddy krueger and a hand grenade).

1 question, is your cat by anychants hard ov hearing? i used to have a pure wite cat, appropriately called "sooty", who was as def as a post, ive also had mixed cats that were manely wite and they had hearing problems too, apparantly it s sumkind ov genetic abnormality todo with them being wite, im jus curius to see if its the same over thare as it is here (scotland)

p.s want to get married? u r insanely cute!

hey madenairy, i read that pure white cats with blue eyes have a genetic problem that makes them deaf, was your kitty blue-eyed as well as white?
jessyratfink (author)  madenairy2 years ago
Nope, not heard of hearing. In fact, her hearing is maybe too good. :P

But I have met lots of people with white cats that were deaf, so it's not uncommon. I've just never had one, even with owning lots of white cats!
Ione madenairy2 years ago
I love your description of your kitty's personality! May I borrow it? It fits a coworker to a T!
madenairy Ione2 years ago
go for it
awwwwwwwwwww Luna is a cute cat! (hehe, cute expression Didi on last pic)

this is quite cute although My Lucas sadly cant even wear a collar...keeps strangling himself.....

never the less its a VERY CUTE 'ible jessy! :D
jessyratfink (author)  AussieAnglerGal2 years ago
Thank you! They're the best. :D

That's mostly why I did velcro, I figured it would pull free. I've not had any issues with these girls and collars, but I have had other cats that always seemed to be hung up in something. I don't know how they do it!
oh ok, i didn't notice it was velcro! well , if i do make it my new profile image will be my little sir regional in a bow-tie :D

this is really cute jessy! well done
I ALWAYS make sure my kitty wears a collar with a functioning quick-release clasp, though I know people who's cats trip them and they fall off within an hour, so they're of no use! I would say that as long as the velcro is a small enough piece that it will reliably pull free under the cat's weight (especially with all the extra snag points on the tie) this should be fine.
never heard of that kind of collar!

its no problem for us that lucas doesn' wear a collar as we live in the country

thanks 4 the tip..i'll look into it :D
HMice2 years ago
Hehehe I put my little brother's hoodie on my dog once...he seemed warm
jessyratfink (author)  HMice2 years ago
Ha, we've put one of my boyfriends shirts on our dog once. I think he actually like it. He didn't seem very happy when we took it off. :P
The hood was kinda in his eyes so he basically just sat down and waited for us to take it off.
Honus2 years ago
Brilliant! I need to make them for my two kitties Max and Maggie. :)
jessyratfink (author)  Honus2 years ago
Hahaha, is he on the fridge door? That's awesome. They're so cute, would definitely be heartbreakers with some bow ties. :D
Yep, Max is blocking it so it won't close. After all, there could be something in there in there he might want. :)
You know the only reason that this got featured is 'cause of the cute kitty lol.
jessyratfink (author)  sofiadragon19792 years ago
Well yeah! I only feature things that include cute cats, probably most of my coworkers do the same. It is a foolproof way to feature good things.
You can never go wrong w/ a cute cat involved.
abarr32 years ago
this is a good instructable but why on earth do people always insist on dressing up their pets has it ever ocurred to anyone that they dont like it
jessyratfink (author)  abarr32 years ago
Precisely why it was on them only for pictures. :P
I think it is very difficult for cat owners to tell when their pet finds something disagreeable - cats are notoriously patient, tolerant animals, who will typically just passively accept any treatment without complaint. You have to really know a cat well before it will show any signs it doesn't approve of what you're doing (e.g., touching its feet or belly, bringing over strange cats to visit, or dressing it in Fall colors when it's really more of a Spring).
Muahahahaha2 years ago
I wear a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.
jessyratfink (author)  Muahahahaha2 years ago
If only I had a tiny cowboy hat or fez too!
caityjay2 years ago
I'm going to have to see if my rabbit will put up with one of these. His name is Houdini, and he would look super suave in a black bow tie. :D
jessyratfink (author)  caityjay2 years ago
Oh oh oh, that visual is just too cute. More rabbits with bow ties! yes!
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Awwww, no Kiteman kat tie?
jessyratfink (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
Maybe when he's out here in a couple months!
lmnopeas2 years ago
Really, really adorable!
jessyratfink (author)  lmnopeas2 years ago
Thank you! :D
billbillt2 years ago
At least this one does not require a $10,000 laser cutter. It gets my vote..Very cool!...
kmn5 billbillt2 years ago
and I just finished making the last payment on my stupid my laser cutter, what a waste of money, still in the box :(
This bow tie is adorable. Luna and Didi are adorable. And billbillt makes a very good point. Thank you, jessyratfink, for sharing a great idea that is an easy project. My black cats may get white bow ties.
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