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How To Make Dog Bows:
Ruffled Bow On Barrette
You can easily learn how to make dog bows of this kind.
As with the Layered Bow, there are many variations possible.
The ribbon used in the photos was made from an old plaid
I didn't have any ribbon on hand so I rummaged around until I found that shirt, and then made my own ribbon for this project. I had intended to make a matching bandana or perhaps a doggie shirt - one of those back burner things that will likely never happen... But please don't let that stop you!
Materials and Preparation
- Ribbon: About 14 inches (350 mm) long and 1 inch (25 mm) wide
Needle and Thread
Metal or plastic barrette
Straight pins or a pen for marking
- Cut your ribbon ends at matching angles so you have two points.
Use pen or a pin to mark the ribbon an inch (25 mm) from each point.
Between those first marks, make four marks at 2-inch (50 mm) intervals.
For each mark, take about 6 inches (150 mm) of double thread and sew a line.
Sew back across and leave the thread ends loose.
We used blue thread to demonstrate. You can use thread that matches your ribbon.
- Start with one end by pulling your first thread tight.
The ribbon should bunch up.
Add a needle to this thread and wrap around the bunched area twice.
- Then take the needle and thread and weave under the barrette and over the bunched area a few times.
You can take your needle through the bunched area a few times as
well. Just make sure you are not getting the thread around the clasp or
When done, secure your thread and cut off the excess.
- Continue with the next threads, folding up the ribbon in between each time.
You should end up with six ruffles and two pointy ends.
Adjust the spacing of the ruffles along the barrette and glue your ornament in the center.
Above is a picture of the same bow as at the top of the page with a different ornament
in the middle.
When I showed Comet the first one I'd made, he gave me a look that said, “Not
in my fur, Mama!” So I gave it to a more appreciative doggie...
I must say, I found it amazing that it was so easy to teach myself how to
make dog bows. It's much less complicated than it looks, isn't it?
The whole idea is to keep your measurements symmetrical so the final effect looks good. Some possible variations are:
- Use thinner ribbon and space things a little more
closely, say 1.75 inches (45 mm), or use wider ribbon and put spacing
at 2.5-inch (60 mm) intervals.
Your ribbon could be shorter or longer so you have between four and ten ruffles on the barrette.
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