The Kitty Bow Tie Project

I’ll admit it, I am one cat short of being the crazy cat lady.  Who am I kidding, I am a crazy cat lady.  I can’t help myself, I come across a flea ridden, loveable face that is in clear need of home, I’ll take her. Oh, you bought a cat and your husband is allergic, I’ll take him. This continuous cycle of borderline feline hoarding (I am starting to notice a pattern here, considering that I just blogged about my craft supply hoarding) has landed me with four cats. Daisy, P. Kitty, Max and Lucy. In case you are wondering, P.Kitty has no reference or is in no way an homage to the rapper P. Diddy. The “P” stands for psycho however, it was not always the best name to use when calling the local vet, “Hi, yes, I would like to make an appointment for Psycho Kitty…” Not everyone gets my sense of humor. 🙂

They are a bundle of joy, all of them, including Lucy who is just too cool for school.  She is a stray cat that was taken in when I found her outside of my work.  I enjoy watching her lay around the house and act like she is on a tropical vacation, sunning herself and waiting for someone to bring her a rum punch.

Why a kitty bow tie?  Why not…it seems fitting that these cats that try to rule my house are outfitted with some type of accessory for my amusement.

I made a prototype of the bow tie a while ago and discovered that there are a couple of things to keep in mind when making the Kitty Bow Tie:

1) Safety. Ensure that the collar can breakaway. We all know that cats love to get into things that they shouldn’t be in and we don’t want them to harm themselves.
2) Fabric. Any fabric will work (unless you are using some type of extra duty, heavy weight canvas), if you are using a lighter type fabric (like quilt weight fabric) it would be helpful to add interfacing when constructing the bow tie, the interfacing adds just that little bit of support so that the bow will keep its shape.
3) The size of the bow tie should be exaggerated…it offers a Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat effect.

Here is what you’ll want to have handy for this project:

  • Fabric for bow tie – 2 pieces cut to 12 1/2″ x 3 1/2 “
  • Fabric for bow tie Center – 1 piece cut 2″ x 3″
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing – 1 piece cut 12 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marking pen (if you have one, but not necessary)
  • A breakaway cat collar (feel free to use one you already have)
  • A cat patient enough to wear the bow tie

Your seam allowance for this will be 1/4″, unless otherwise noted below.

Now, let’s start the adventure:

  • Cut 2 pieces of bow tie fabric at: 12 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Cut 1 piece of  lightweight infusible interfacing at: 12 1/4″ x 3 1/4″

Bow Tie Measurements

  • Cut your bow tie center at: 2″ x 3″

Bow Tie Center

Let’s start constructing the actual bow tie:

  • Pin the interfacing to the wrong side of one of your fabric rectangles.  (To avoid a disaster, be sure that the interfacing is placed correctly on the wrong side of your fabric.  It is a good idea to use a pressing cloth so that *if* by chance, your interfacing is the wrong side up, you won’t ruin your iron.)
  • Iron on the interfacing according to the manufacturer instructions and then pin the two pieces together, right sides together


  • Mark a 2″ opening on one side of your fabric. (*friendly reminder: be sure to leave room to turn your work right side out.  I made two marks, two inches apart on the long end of the rectangle to remind me.  Trust me, I have sewn my work shut several times!  🙂
  • Start sewing at one of your *friendly reminder* marks, sew all the way around, leaving your 2″ opening.  Don’t forget to back stitch.

Bow Tie Fabric - Marked for Sewing

  • Clip your corners, being careful not to cut your thread!

Bow Tie Fabric - Corners Clipped

  • Turn your work, right side out by pushing your fabric through the opening.

Turn Fabric Right Side Out

  • Once your work is right side out, I like to use a crochet hook to push the corners out.




  • Fold under the raw edges of the fabric in your opening to align with your seam and press


  • Now that the bow tie fabric is right side out, sew an 1/8″ inch top stitch that will provide a finished look and also close the 2″ opening


The Bow Tie Center:

  • Take your 2″ x 3″ fabric, right sides together,  fold it along the length of the fabric and sew an 1/8″ seam.


  • Turn your work right side out. You’ll want to have your seam in the center of the fabric.
  • Line up the seam with the center, turn your work right side out and then press



  • Sew a 1/8″ seam across the top raw edges,  turn your work right side out and iron your bow tie center.


  • Slide the bow tie center onto the accordion folded bow tie.  It is a little snug, but you can wiggle it through there.



  • Once you have the bow tie completely constructed, take your cat collar and sip it though the bow tie center.


Put the collar on your cat..and voila…your cat may not like it too much but at least it will make you smile and hopefully giggle a lot too!

The Kitty Bow Tie Project

Too cute!


4 thoughts on “The Kitty Bow Tie Project

  1. Lilly says those are cute bow ties, but she would like something a bit more girlie. Do you have suggestions on how to do that? Also, she’s not a black or tuxedo cat so the red won’t “pop” on her. What colors would go with a beige/grey dilute torty coat? Very cute project.

    • You can never go wrong with pink when trying to make it more girlie! I would suggest a pink Hello Kitty fabric to help with the pop of color for your beautiful colored feline friend! If you decide to make this, please be sure to post a picture!

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