Obviously, some cats already have their own immaculate, natural, tuxedos (and matching white gloves) and may prefer to stick with other accessories, but others may need a little a little human intervention to help them 'get the look'
You will need:
1 plain black adjustable cat-collar with a 'quick-release' clasp
1 x 4" (10cm) square piece of Black felt
1 x 4" (10cm) square of White felt
Approx 15" of 1/2" wide black ribbon
A needle and some white & black thread
A small amount of iron-on hem-webbing (optional)
Unlike the bow-ties & bandanas in the previous two posts, the tuxedos are actually easier to sew by hand.
First, cut your basic felt shapes as shown in the pictures below, curving the sides inwards toward the bottom to form a 'bib' shape. The white layer will need to be slightly smaller than the black layer.
When you lay the white layer on top of the black, you should have a narrow border of black visible at the sides and bottom
Next, cut a piece of your ribbon approx 5" long, so that it overlaps the sides of your 'shirt-front'.
You can secure the ribbon to the felt using by laying a small amount of hem-webbing between the ribbon and the felt and ironing it if you wish, or if not, just pin it into position, turn the felt over, and stitch the overlapping ends of the ribbon to the felt.
Next, cut another section of ribbon, approx 6" long. Overlap the ends to form a loop, and stitch it together, then find the centre of the flattened loop, and stitch all the way through to form the basis of your 'bow'
Then cut a small piece from your remaining ribbon, approx 1.5" long, wrap it around the centre of the bow to form the 'knot', and stitch into place.
Next, sew the back of the bow to the centre of the band of ribbon on the shirt front, making sure to sew through both the ribbon AND the felt, securing all the layers together.
Place your white layer on top of the black layer, and sew them together just above the top of the bow-tie.
If you try to stitch along the top line of the ribbon, when you thread your collar through, it should line up with the bow tie, giving the appearance of being one continuous piece.
Then sew around the bottom curve of the white layer, to secure it to the black layer. Again, at this point, you can also secure the two layers at the centre of the 'bib' with iron-on webbing, but be sure to place it low enough that it doesn't block the channel where the collar fits through.
Finally, turn the tips of the 'shirt-collar' over and secure the with a few tiny stitches.
Of course, you can make your own variations - If you'd like to make one for your dog, then just increase the basic dimensions until it is the right size (and remember to leave a much deeper channel than for a cat, as dog-collars tend to be thicker, as well as deeper, and will need more room) Alternatively, you could use festive Christmas ribbon for the bow tie, as it's almost that time of year....but don't expect your cat to bring you trays of hot-mince pies or Christmas pudding!
NB. As with all the other pet-accessories featured on our blog, we recommend (for cats at least) that you only use them with a quick-release, or 'breakaway' collar, and would also advise only using the accessories indoors, so that you can ensure your cat's safety.