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Making Designer Dog Collars

February 25, 2011

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Designer Dog gear is all the rage now. Everyone wants to look good; the same goes for your dog. Even should your dog care less, you care- a lot. If you are like me, my dogs were my kids before I had a kid and they still hold a special place in the household, often with more benefits than the child. Some dog owners get a thrill from dressing their dogs but my dogs are too rough and tumble to go for that. I get my kicks from chic dog collars. The selection at my local pet store is sorely lacking (we are talking webbing in a wide selection of colors including red, blue and black). So once again, the chore has fallen into my hands to create something more appropriate for my hounds. Making dogs collars is easy, though figuring out how to install the adjuster is no fun. It is a frustrating mess unless you have a good tutorial: Behold!

I started by measuring my dogs necks and adding 6 inches (for adjusting and extra for hems and securing). My Border Collie's (Murphy) neck is 16 in + 6 in. = 22 in. My American Bulldog's (Maggie) neck is 22 in + 6 in. = 28 in. We will work from Murphy's measurements.

Materials needed:

¼ yd of designer quilting cotton

¼ yd of heavy interfacing or canvas

1 Center Release Buckle 1 in.

1 Adjuster 1 in.

1 set of D rings 1 in.

Next, cut a 1 in. by 22 in. from heavy interfacing or canvas and a 3 in. by 23 in. from Modern Meadow Picnic Plaid. Maggie's collar is Modern Meadow Dogwood Bloom. To make the straps, cut a 1 in. by 23 in. piece of heavy interfacing or canvas and set aside. Fold and press the 3 in. wide piece of your designer fabric (as instructed above) in thirds (you will have 2 folds but 3 three sections each 1 in. wide). Lay your interfacing piece in the center of your designer fabric and fold one side of the designer fabric over the top of the interfacing. Stitch this in place using a 1/4 in. seam. Fold over the designer fabric on the other side while turning under 1/2 in. to make a finished edge. Stitch again with a 1/4 in. seam. 

 To assemble the strap into a collar, I took a series of pictures to best describe how to assemble all the collar parts. I used a double turn ½ in. hem to finish and secure each end of the collar.

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The bonus of making your own collars out of interfacing and quilting cotton as opposed to webbing is there is no need to melt the end, you can use any fabric you desire and these collars are washable. They are simple to make and fast to assemble that you can make them for any season, holiday or as great gifts. 

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7 Comments

So basically you have to purchase a pattern to learn how to make the strap for the collar.

Not much of a tutorial with out the strap making instructions. Not that making a strap is rocket science but without the instructions this is a waste of space. Thanks for nothing.

Well luckily I have made some bags, and bag handles, I have have Amy Butler's book. Doesn't take but a google to look up free handbag patterns or even look in your stash.. Bag handles are easy peasy to make.

Tara said: Making dogs collars is easy, though figuring out how to install the adjuster is no fun. So Tara gave the tutorial on how to use the collar hardware. And thanks for that, Tara, I would have had a long struggle to figure it out. And then I would have asked my son, who can figure out just about anything tricky.

Just check out the instructions in the Reader's Digest "Complete Guide to Sewing" for instructions for making a belt if you have it lying around the house, or check to see if your local library has a copy of it or just about any other instructional sewing manual. The RD Guide even tells you how to hand-make eyelet holes if you were to use a buckle that requires one of them in it if your sewing machine doesn't do it automatically...

Now updated with Strap instructions

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