January 28, 2012

Perfect Dog Bows (Tip from a Professional Dog Groomer)

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My last job was as a Professional Dog Groomer at a large national pet store chain. While grooming it is pretty much a given that you will learn how to make Dog Bows (because buying  pre-made bows is just too expensive!). Since I am a "crafty" person, making bows was my favorite thing to do in my down time in the salon!  Here is a tutorial I created on how to make the perfect Dog Bow! I've tried many different methods but this way creates the best looking bows/easiest bows to put in a dogs hair. Enjoy!


Materials:
Small rubber bands. You can find them at places like Sally Beauty. You can also buy ones online specifically for dog bows (thats what these ones are). OR if you are a nerd like me you can use the rubber bands that go in your mouth when you have braces or a retainer haha

Plastic rhinestones

Something skinny and long, such as a crochet hook. You can also use a screwdriver, a pencil, a paintbrush, etc etc (you get the idea)

Two types of ribbon. I'm using an opaque fatter ribbon and a skinnier silk ribbon. 
Cut (2) pieces of the fatter ribbon 5 " and
Cut (2) pieces of the skinnier ribbon 4"



Tutorial:

First, place the rubber band on whatever you are using as your "something skinny" - In my case it is a crochet hook

Fold the ends of the smaller piece of ribbon back and together so you have something that looks like a loop. 
Fold it in half so the ends are overlapping in the middle. 

This is what you should have now


Repeat the same step for the larger ribbon. The most difficult part of this is you have to hold the smaller piece of ribbon with two fingers, while folding the larger ribbon at the same time. Or if you have a nice boyfriend or fiancé you can make them hold your smaller ribbon while you are folding the large ribbon

Place the smaller folded ribbon on top and in the middle of your larger folded ribbon

Place the two pieces of ribbon together on top of your crochet hook (or whatever you are using as a substitute). Make sure the ribbon is centered so the overlapping edges are directly over your crochet hook and the rubber band is below your pieces of ribbon. 

While holding your ribbon in place, pull the rubber band out and then over the tip of your crochet hook. 
Use the photos above and below as a reference so to what you should have now. 

*Note how the rubber band is "attached" to the crochet hook in two places


Pull the BOTTOM part of the rubber band UP and OVER the top of the crochet hook and let go so it is now above the top part of the rubber band. After you do this there will only be one loop of the rubber band that is hooked on the crochet hook now. 


Fold your bow in half and pull gently to tighten the rubber band. You are probably going to have to re-adjust the ribbon at this point making sure the rubber band is directly in the middle of the ribbon.

After you have pulled the ribbon to tighten the rubber band you can pull the bow off of the crochet hook. 
See how there is a perfect little loop on the back now for attaching it to your dogs hair? THIS is the reason why this method of bow making is the best! This loop ensures that the bow will stay straight and flat in your dogs hair! Other methods of just tying the rubber band around the ribbon (as you would put a rubber band in your hair for a pony tail) make the bow flip around when you are trying to put it in your dogs hair and make it MUCH more difficult and sloppy looking. 
This little loop is also perfect if your dog doesn't have long hair because you can just slide the loop over your dogs collar and use it as a super cute collar bow!

This is what your bow should look like now! Now all you have to do is hot glue a plastic rhinestone!


And there you go! The PERFECT Dog Bow! 

Have fun making your furry child some fancy hair accessories!



18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I just had to send this to my mom and sister, who both have shih tzus. :)

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  2. hey have you tried using the hook end of the needle? once the rubber band is over the bow, you just slide the hook down and under the bottom part of the band, no grabbing the band needed.

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  3. hey have you tried using the hook end of the needle? once the rubber band is over the bow, you just slide the hook down and under the bottom part of the band, no grabbing the band needed.

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  4. Mel, I actually haven't tried that! I feel so silly that I didn't think of that! Haha I normally use my hemostats to make dog bows but I thought it would be a little weird to make the tutorial using hemostats ;-)

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  5. This is very great and informative post. I have two dog name miska and lomi and I make only natural homemade food for my dog. I create a blog about how to make dog bones. Now I’m looking some fresh dog food recipe like that one…..

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  6. Thank you for this post super easy tutorial for us less crafty , I can now make the sweetiest bows ever for my pup.

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  7. This is the easiest one I've found so far(and it's been a loooong look) I get everything up until the picture that shows back and front that's were I get confused. But great job.

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  8. I use a latch hook it works perfect. also a groomer

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  10. Cute tutorial! I have tried many ways, found a great way with part of paperclip (for a double knot). But sell the bows i make to local shops and to a few customers who a repeat buyers. i ve just used my fingers :) yeah, they hurt. and my cuticle is so far back on my pointer finger its not even funny! :D

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  12. This is my favorite tutorial by far! Thank you so much.

    How do you get the 'knot' in the back to stay once it is finished? I may not be doing it correctly but the knot is simply the two sides of the band through a loop, making it very easy to slip out and undo the whole thing.

    Also, I learned the hard way that the smaller the tool you use, i.e. crochet hook as shown, the easier it is. A standard pen was just too big.

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  13. Caroline, How simple is that!! Thank you so much for your very clear instructions and your so cute web site ;o) Now you need to tell us how to put the bows in the pets hair behind the ears. I have a tiny Chihuahua (2 lbs.) and would love to see her in bows. (also explaining how you twist the RB into their fur so it is not to large and falls out). THANK YOU!!

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  14. Thanks so much........my granddog Zuzu is a girlie-girl....she's going to look adorable in the bows!

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  15. Very nice.

    Two things: twisting the elastic a half-turn when you pull it up to put over the front of the bow and onto your tool makes an 'X' in front of the ribbon which is VERY HELPFUL, and the elastic will then NOT slide off the sides of the bows (which I'm sure you know it can without the 'X').

    And the organza ribbon, your fat one, is not opaque - that would mean that you cannot see through it. ;)
    It is fairly transparent. (There is the word 'translucent', but that means you cannot see detail through it, and you can see very good detail through most sheer organza.)

    Great tutorial for so many who are just starting, very clear and helpful!

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  16. I am a groomer also and I make my two ribbons in the shape of a cancer ribbon,then stack them as you did and do the same procedure but with hemostats(lol) and mine come out fluffy on top and with tails.

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  17. I am a groomer also and I make my two ribbons in the shape of a cancer ribbon,then stack them as you did and do the same procedure but with hemostats(lol) and mine come out fluffy on top and with tails.

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