crafy girl {DIY dog collar}

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The first project for “cabin fever week” is for all of my readers who have a four-footed member of the family, a sewing machine, and about 15 minutes. Making your own dog collar is really, really cheap, easy and super quick too! It’s so fun, you might just end up making a whole wardrobe of collars for your pooch. Read on for the easy step-by-step instructions for making a DIY dog collar!

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:: step 1 :: gather supplies ::

You will need only a few things for this project, all of which can be found at your local fabric or craft store.

1″ nylon webbing*
1″ ribbon in a fun pattern
1″ plastic clip
1″ plastic slider
1″ D-ring
thread

*You can use 1/2″ nylon and ribbon if you have a smaller pup or kitty. The length you get will depend on the size of your pet. The easiest way to determine how much you need is to measure their neck, and then get 1.75 x that amount.

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:: step 2 :: sew ribbon on nylon ::

For this step you will want to use a fairly small stitch (I used 2.0 on my machine, but I’m not sure what that translates to on other machines), and make sure that your sewing machine is set to a bit heavier fabric setting with a decent weight needle. I set my needle to the right side so that I could get as close to the edge as possible. I hate pinning, so I just held the ribbon in place and stitched down one side, across the end, up the other side and across the other end.

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:: step 2 :: sew clip onto one end ::

Next, you will want to unclip the buckle and then slip one end of the ribbon/nylon through it. Make sure to leave at least 1.5″ – 2″ extra tail of the ribbon/nylon. Then simply stitch back and forth several times, close to the clip, locking it in place. See image below for a better visual on this.

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:: step 3 :: sew in D-ring ::

Here you should slip the D-ring onto the ribbon/nylon so that it is next to the stitched-in clip. Sew back and forth several times again next to the D-ring to lock it in place.

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:: step 4 :: add plastic slider and clip ::

This step is a bit more confusing, and takes some thought. You will need to take the other unfinished end of the ribbon/nylon and feed it through the plastic slider, then through the other side of the clip. Then bring it back to the plastic slider and loop it through a second time, under the first loop. Does this make sense?? No? Okay, now just look at the picture above. It is worth a thousand words.

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:: step 5 :: sew slider into place ::

This is the final step, and it’s also the trickiest. You will need to grasp the tail end of the ribbon/nylon and fold it back on itself to lock the plastic slider in place, and then take it to the sewing machine….

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…and arrange as necessary so that you can easily reach the end of the ribbon/nylon. You may need to remove the “deck” from your sewing machine (can you tell that I have no idea what the terms are for these things??) to allow yourself more room. Also sliding the clip down will help. Once you are able, sew back and forth several times to secure the plastic slider. Congratulations, you are done!

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:: step 7 :: present to your pup ::

Oops, forgot one very important step! Once you have finished your collar, size it accordingly, and place it on your lucky dog’s neck. They will wear it proudly, as you can see Emmy is doing above!

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I hope that these directions made some sense to you! I appologize for my lack of knowledge on the correct terms. Hopefully the pictures tell the story for you. Please don’t hesitate to email me at bethany(at)bspokeblog(dot)com if you have any questions on this project!

  1. Carla says:

    I love it! it’s just so cute.
    Emmy really is adorable in it!
    I’ve been trying to find the perfect collar for my parents dog akka my little bro. Now I know I can make one!

  2. Ashlee says:

    Love this! I think I need to make a couple for my pooches. Did you pick up the plastic clip, slider and D ring at a craft store?

  3. Bethany says:

    Yup, I got all the supplies at a Hancock Fabric store! I am sure that if you have a bigger dog, you could get more heavy duty parts by going to a hardware store or something, but the craft store was my one-stop-shop! :)

  4. Kris says:

    What a great project! I will definitely be whipping up a couple of these for my 3 pooches.

  5. Maureen says:

    Bethany – hope you can help! I am a HUGE Lapsang Tea scent diffuser fan. But when I went to my local West Elm to get a new bottle, I was told they have changed their fragrances and no longer carry it! Any idea if it can be found elsewhere?? I’ve done a couple of Google searches but haven’t had any luck so far. Thanks for your help!

  6. Bethany says:

    Maureen, well that is totally news to me!! I should probably run over to West Elm and scoop up everything they have left in that scent! It is truly my favorite as well, and I have never found anything like it. I was just at our local West Elm this weekend, and they had a big supply of Lapsang Tea candles and diffusers, so hopefully it was just a fluke and whoever you talked to was misinformed!

  7. Maureen says:

    Bethany – call off the dogs! I guess I have the wrong name of the fragrance I’m looking for. A friend and I had a communication breakdown, and I thought Lapsang was the name of the old scent I like. The one I want I bought about 6-9 months ago from West Elm and it has a sort of flowery scent. Thanks anyway! And I love your blog by the way!

  8. Hey Bethany, I forwarded your dog collar off to Leslie and she loved it! Says she’s going to make one for her beloved Hurley the Yorkie-poo. Thanks for the great idea and directions.

  9. Chelsea says:

    Love this. My Dane is such a puller and she is constantly snapping collars off when other people think they can “control” her. Ha. Will be making plenty of these!

  10. Marina Desiree says:

    I found this via Pinterest and will try it for my sister’s birthday. She has an adorable Beagle named Joy and I will sew her this collar with a fitting leash! Thanks for the inspiration and the instruction.

  11. Kris says:

    Love it! In the middle of making one for my pup right now, and thought of an additional suggestion. Anywhere that the nylon webbing is cut take a lighter to it (preferably outdoors) to melt it and prevent fraying.

  12. Billy Webb says:

    Don’t get me wrong, these look awesome, but I’m not that crafty. Instead, I ordered a custom dog collar from these guys, it looks great: http://www.countrybrookdesign.com/designer-collars-and-pet-supplies/handmade-designer-dog-collars

  13. Ashley says:

    I just made four of these as holiday gifts! :)

  14. Vladae says:

    I love your ribbon in a fun pattern..where can i buy it ?
    Thank you a lot !!!

  15. markwell says:

    Fun and easy!

  16. cobugi says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Awesome!

  17. Nan says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to sew some of these for our dog-children! Thank you for sharing :)

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