How to Make Dog Topknot Bows

Dog topknots are cute and functional; they keep long hair away from a dog's eyes.

Dog topknots are cute and functional; they keep long hair away from a dog's eyes.

Small dogs are adorable with a topknot bow. You just have to pet them when you see them with their hair done. Making your own topknot bows saves money and takes little time. Bows about 2 1/2 inches wide are appropriately sized for most small dogs.

Items you will need

  • Small barrettes
  • Baby no-pull ponytail holders
  • Grosgrain ribbon (sizes from 1/4 to 1 inch wide)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Unsharpened pencil
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Embellishments (optional)

Flat Bow

Step 1

Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon 5 inches long with scissors. Cut additional pieces of ribbon in the same width to 4 1/2 and 4 inches long.

Step 2

Fold the longest piece of ribbon in half lengthwise and press down on the fold. Turn the ribbon face down on a flat surface. Place a ribbon of hot glue onto the line in the center made by folding the ribbon.

Step 3

Lift both the right and left ends of the ribbon and place the ends in the hot glue. Press the ends into the glue with a pencil eraser. Gluing the ends in this manner forms a circle with double layers of ribbon for stiffness. Fold and glue the other two shorter lengths of ribbon in the same manner. Wait a few minutes for the hot glue to dry on each piece of ribbon.

Step 4

Lay the longest ribbon on a flat surface with the glued side down. Apply hot glue in the center of the ribbon and stack the next longest ribbon on top. Press it into the glue with a pencil. Place hot glue in the center of the bow and stack the shortest ribbon on top. Place a dab of hot glue in the center and add an embellishment such as a small button or rhinestone.

Step 5

Allow the hot glue to dry. Flip the bow over, open a small barrette and hot glue it to the back.

Bow Tie

Step 1

Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon 5 inches long. Fold it in half lengthwise and press down to leave a visible crease.

Step 2

Place hot glue on the crease and lift both sides into the middle on the hot glue. Thread a needle and knot the end of the thread. Pick up the bow and hold it with the glued side down and the length perpendicular to you. Insert the needle into the center of the bow at the side nearest you through both layers of ribbon. Push the needle through the ribbon and gather the center as the needle goes through to the opposite side.

Step 3

Pull the needle through the bow tightly. Wrap the thread very tightly around the center of the gathered bow. Insert the needle through the back of the wrapped thread and make a knot. Cut off the excess thread.

Step 4

Cut a small piece of thinner grosgrain ribbon about an inch long. Place the ribbon on a flat surface and center the bow front face down on the ribbon center. The ribbon is at a 90-degree angle to the bow and the ends point in opposite directions from the length of the bow to make an "x" shape. Overlap the two ends of the ribbon on the back of the bow by 1/4 inch and glue them together with hot glue.

Step 5

Open a small barrette and hot glue it to the back of the bow.

Tips

  • You can glue no-pull baby ponytail holders on the backs of doggie bows if you prefer them to barrettes.
  • Experiment with different colors and sizes of ribbon to get the size you like best.
  • Mix and match colors to coordinate with your pet’s attire.
  • Small silk flowers and beads are a good choice for center embellishments on dog bows.

Warning

  • Bows that are too long for your dog make them appear smaller. Bows that are too thin will not show up in long dog hair.

About the Author

Mary Lougee has been writing since 2004 and specializes in pets with publications in "Modern Dog" and "Pet Planet." Lougee gained extensive pet knowledge and expertise in care and rehabilitation, built a farm, and cares for rescue animals from small to large. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.

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