Yes, April 1st is April Fools’ Day in the US but it is also my dog, Waffle’s, birthday. Maybe they’re one and the same because who thought to create a pup shaped like this one.
If he was a sewist, he would definitely have lots of fitting issues. So in honor of Waffle’s 5th birthday, I made him a birthday collar. I’ve sewn him many collars, for many occasions, but not a birthday one. Better late than never.
Pets are such a big part of the sewing community and I thought some of you might want to make your own for your furry loved one. See how below!
Step 1: Gather supplies
Supplies shown are for a 14-23” adjustable collar
- 3/4 yd of 1” wide nylon strapping. If you dog is smaller, you should use a narrower and shorter nylon strapping.
- Decorative ribbon. I used 5/8” wide Offray MicroSpool. I like these because the prints are small scale and it comes in 3 foot spool which is about what I need for 1 collar. At my JoAnn’s these are stocked on a wire rack near the scrapbooking section.
- Curved buckle. This is comfy-er for your pup than the straight ones.
- D ring for dog tag. Dogs should always have ID and be micro chipped 15 percent of lost dogs were found because they were sporting identification tags or microchips.
- Slide for adjustability
Step 2: Prepare the straps
- Using a lighter, carefully singe the edge of the collar. If you’ve done any fabric swatch burning, you will know that nylon melts. This will stop any fraying.
- Tuck 1/2” of the ribbon under the strap. Using a straight stitch, top stitch one edge of the ribbon to the strap.
- Repeat for other edge.
- If your ribbon is narrower like the Easter (carrot) themed collar from the multiple collars picture above, I sewed 2 rows of ribbon.
Step 3: Sew on hardware
- Thread one end of the strap up one slot of the slider and down the other slot. Stitch as close as you can to the slider to secure the slider. I stitched 3 lines: forward, reverse stitch and forward again. I moved my needle to the right but you can also use a zipper foot.
- With the wrong side up, slip the other strap end up into one of the buckle halves.
- Continue threading the strap through the slider.
- Thread the strap through the D ring and then the other buckle half.
- Sew 3 lines of stitching to secure the buckle.
- Sew 3 lines of stitching to secure the D ring.
Voila! Your pup will be the most stylish hound around!
If you want to read more about sewing for pets and want to see more of Waffle, check out the PR article on Sewing For Pets.