Introduction: DIY Leather Bowtie
Last month we decided to try one of those pet subscription boxes for our cats. We felt a little bad that the dog gets his box every month. Well, $30 dollars later the only thing in the box that was any good was this little cloth bow tie. We put it on Stormy (short for Stormageddon: Dark Lord of All) and he's been wearing it ever since. He looks amazing.
We decided that Stormy needed a bow tie for every day of the week, or at least every occasion.
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Step 1: Materials
-Leather (The leather I used came from a bag of scraps from A.C. Moore for $4.99. Michaels had a similar bag that was $6.99.)
-E-600 (or other type of adhesive that will work on leather)
-Bow tie template
-Hair elastic (if you don't already have these on hand, buy the small ones)
-Something to cut with (rotary cutters are AMAZING)
Step 2: Bow Template
Either draw or find a bow tie template on the Internet. I drew on a folded piece of paper and then cut it out so I had a complete bow tie when the paper was unfolded.
I then traced the pattern onto a piece of leather.
Step 3: Cut & Glue
Cut the design out from the piece of leather. Also cut out a small, thin strip to wrap around the center of the bow.
Take the elastic (and twist it a few times if it seems too big) and glue it to the bow. I chose to use epoxy because it's strong and dries fast.
Slip the thin strip of leather behind the bow and wrap it over the elastic, use a binder clip to hold the pieces together as the glue dries.
Step 4: More Glue
After 10-15 minutes, add more glue to the bow and fold the rest of the middle strip around, secure with a binder clip and set aside until dry.
Step 5: Ta Da!
When the glue is dry, slip the bow tie onto your pets' collar and you're good to go.