Making your own dog is the perfect chance to create a customized accessory that fits your pup’s unique personality. You can also make sure the collar is the perfect size for your dog’s neck and is made from the high quality materials your furry friend deserves.
Is it your first time making a DIY dog collar? Don’t fret! Mimi Green shows you how to make a dog collar in the steps below. It is important to note, however, that making a dog collar following these steps requires experience using a sewing machine.
DIY Dog Collars: Before You Get Started Making Your Own Dog Collar
1. Choose Your Materials
First and foremost, you must choose your materials (figure 1). Popular material choices for the collar are nylon webbing with or without an overlay. Do you want a bold look that pops? Choosing an azure blue nylon webbing will do the trick. On the other hand, if you want a more subtle, sophisticated look, a black or grey webbing is always a good choice. A velvet ribbon can also be a good way to create a collar with a plush feel. You’ll also want to think from a utilitarian perspective when choosing your material. If your dog is very active and spends a lot of time outdoors, a nylon webbing collar with a plastic side release buckle is a great way to go.
You must also choose the type of buckle you want. Options for side release buckles include plastic, hybrid and zinc diecast. With side release buckles, you have the option to get a personalized buckle engraved with your dog’s name and contact information.
2. Take Measurements
You’ll then want to measure your dog’s neck to find the correct measurements to cut your materials. Use a cloth tape measure and wrap it around the center of your dog’s neck, a few inches lower than the bottom of their head. A collar that fits correctly allows two fingers to fit between the collar and the dog’s neck comfortably. Keep in mind that you’ll want your material to be several inches longer than your dog’s measurements, since the final product will turn out to be a shorter length. We’ll address how to choose specific measurements later on.
3. What You’ll Need
Before you start making your dog collar, make sure you have all the required tools and materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Sewing Machine
- Your choice Ribbon or overlay. (optional)
- Nylon Webbing
- Contoured Side Release Buckle
- Triglide Slide
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
- Spray Starch (optional)
How to Make a Dog Collar
3. Cut Your Materials
The measurements you’ll use to cut your materials will depend on the size of your dog.
Again, as a general rule when cutting your materials, you’ll want to make sure you cut the fabric at a longer length than you want the collar to be, as the finished length will naturally be shorter. Below is a general idea of how much material you should use, depending on the dog’s neck size:
- Small (11- to 13-inch neck size): 22-inch nylon webbing/leather length and 24.5-inch fabric length
- Medium (13- to 15-inch neck size): 25-inch nylon webbing/leather length and 27.5-inch fabric length
- Large (13- to 15-inch neck size): 31-inch nylon webbing/leather length and 33.5-inch fabric length
Additionally, if you decide to work with nylon webbing specifically, there are certain steps you are recommended to take in order to create a durable product. Since nylon webbing has the tendency to unravel when it’s cut, it’s important to use a lighter to burn each end of the nylon webbing. This will melt the material together and prevent fraying.
4. Prep and Sew Your Fabric
Before getting ready to sew, take the fabric you want to use and spray it with starch. Then, take a clothing iron and smooth out the fabric to remove wrinkles.
Then, you’re going to begin sewing your fabric into a long tube shape. Using a sewing machine, sew the fabric inside-out so the stitching is hidden. Then, cut off any excess fabric. Once the fabric is sewn together, carefully turn the fabric so the fabric is no longer inside-out and is showing the pattern correctly. This can be done several ways. One way to flip the fabric the right way is The Chopstick Method. With this method, you’ll insert a tube into the fabric. Once the tube reaches the closed end of the fabric, you’ll take a chopstick to guide the material through the center of the tube.
Once the correct side of the fabric is on the outside, insert your webbing or leather through the fabric. Adjust the fabric and ensure that the seam is in line with the edge of the nylon webbing or leather.
Recommended for first time makers: In addition, for a styled collar with less work, you may want to consider sewing a ribbon, such as the single sided velvet ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, or another of your choice to the top of the webbing.
5. Prep the Dog Collar
Once you have the fabric and webbing or leather aligned, spray the dog collar with starch one again and smooth it down with a clothing iron to remove wrinkles and create a high-quality look.
6. Sew Them Together
Once the materials are smoothed, sew the webbing with the fabric using seam down on each side of the collar with a sewing machine (figure 2). Double check and make sure that the thread went through both materials completely. The stitching’s distance from the edge depends on the size of the collar. The larger the collar, the farther from the edge it will be. As a rule of thumb, you’ll usually want the stitching no further than ¼” from the edge.
7. Assemble The Tri-Glide
After stitching the materials together, it’s time to assemble the collar. First, you’ll want to slide the tri-glide onto the collar (figure 3). The tri-glide is the part of the collar that helps you adjust the collar’s size.
Next you will sew down the short side of the webbing strap to the longer side. (figures 4 &5)
8. The Side Release Buckle
Once that is completed, weave the strap through the male side of the side release buckle. To do this, you’ll weave the webbing through the male end of the buckle (figure 6).
Then weave the strap back through the tri-glide. (figure 6)
9. Add The D-Ring & Other Half of the Buckle
Slide the D-Ring over the other end of the strap. After that, pull the strap through the female end of the buckle until you reach your intended length. (figure 7) Then, secure the female end of the buckle in place by performing a triple stitch, which is done by stitching forward, then backward, then forward again. (figure 8)
Then, move the D-Ring to a distance of approximately one inch from the pronged side of the buckle. Use a box stitch, or several straight stitches to secure the D-Ring in place. (figure 9)
Finish by trimming excess and loose threads. (figure 10)
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