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Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

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.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

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.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

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

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          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

-          Thread

 

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.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          Tuck 1/2” of the ribbon under the strap.  Using a straight stitch, top stitch one edge of the ribbon to the strap.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-         Repeat for other edge.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          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.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          With the wrong side up, slip the other strap end up into one of the buckle halves.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-         Continue threading the strap through the slider.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

 -         Thread the strap through the D ring and then the other buckle half.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          Sew 3 lines of stitching to secure the buckle.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

-          Sew 3 lines of stitching to secure the D ring.

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

Voila! Your pup will be the most stylish hound around!

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

Lolita Patterns | Dog Collar Tutorial

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.

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  7 Responses to “Dog Collar Tutorial”

  1. Awww love your pix of Waffles and your dog collars! I would like to make a softer collar than a nylon backed collar. What should I use instead of the nylon? Thanks!

    • Thanks Lenora! What kind of dog do you have? For a softer collar you could use a fabric and fuse some interfacing on for some durability/longevity. The construction would be a little different. For the strap, you would need a rectangle as long as the strap needs to be and twice the width plus seam allowance. Then you would fold the fabric right sides together with the long edge together and sew it like a long “tube” of fabric. Turn it inside out. The rest of the construction would be the same except the hardware needs to be lighter in weight. We’d love to see a pics of the pup and collar if you decide to sew up a collar.

  2. Hi, the collar looks great! What size D-ring/ slider did you use? 1″ or 1 1/4″? Thanks!

    • You want to make sure and get the size D-ring/slider that fits the size webbing you get. Some webbing is 1 inch and some is 1 1/4 so make sure you get matching sizes for the d-rings/sliders!

  3. I love this tutorial, its easy to follow! Thank you for sharing. Do you have any tips for making a fabric collar? I am still trying to figure out how to make those.

    • For a fabric collar, you can do it the same way, but instead of webbing, use fabric: Cut a 4 inch strip, fuse DecorBond on the entire strip, fold both edges in to center and then fold again so all edges are enclosed. This makes the strip 1 inch wide, press and hold flat while it cools. Then use that DecorBond fused piece in the same way as webbing is used in the tutorial. That way the entire collar is made in fabric!

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