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!
:: 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
*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.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: 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….
…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!
:: 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!
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!