There’s nothing better than making a piece of clothing for a close family member. And since plenty of people consider their dog to be their baby, wouldn’t you want to make something for your pup? If you answered that question positively, then you should get your supplies ready because there’s nothing better than making an adorable collar for your dog. It’s both going to be both handmade and one of a kind, so you can show it off to the other dog owners at the park, and have the coolest dog on the block.
And there’s no need to overthink or to worry about the entire collar-making process. It’s a lot easier than you think it is. All you need to know is your way around a sewing machine, and you’ll be finished in about an hour!
10 Cut The Fabric
Before cutting the fabric itself, you’ll need to measure out the length of your dog’s neck. After you have the number, add about 20 inches for the size of the fabric, as the finished length of the dog collar is going to be a lot smaller, but it’s still going to fit right. We’d also recommend having the width of the finished collar be about three inches. Though you can do whatever works for you for that measurement, that’s a good place to start for any dog.
9 Cut The Webbing
You'll then need to measure and cut the webbing, which is going to be about 10 inches shorter in length than the fabric itself. Remember when measuring and cutting both of them to measure twice and cut once. When you’ve cut out the webbing, you’ll want to heat the ends so that the fibers can melt together. This way, the webbing won’t suddenly start unraveling when you continue with this project – or when you’re taking your dog on a walk!
8 Prepare The Fabric
Before you even get the fabric, the thread or the sewing machine in place, you’ll need to prepare your fabric properly. You can do this by spraying some starch on the fabric you’ll be using and then going over it with a hot iron. Starch is used when you want to stiffen up any type of fabric you’re working with so that you’ll have a much easier time handling it. Since you’re also working with webbing, you’ll want to remove all wrinkles from the fabric too.
7 Sew A Tube
Once you get your fabric all nice and ready and you’ve set up your sewing machine, you’ll want to sew the entire length of the fabric into the shape of a long tube. Eventually, you’ll be slipping this tube over the long piece of webbing you cut out for the collar. Make sure that all of your sewing is done on the inside of the fabric so that you can hide the stitching and make everything look seamless. Make your tube large enough so that you’ll have an easier time sliding the webbing inside of it.
6 Turn It Over
After you sew the fabric in the shape of a tube, you’ll need to cut off any excess fabric that you have left. This way slipping the webbing inside is going to be even easier. Do note that all of the sewing you’ve done so far was inside out. So now you’ll need to take the long piece of fabric and turn it over so that it’s correctly placed. You wouldn’t want your dog to wear a collar that’s inside-out!
5 Insert The Webbing
Now, this is an easy step, especially if you followed all of the instructions thus far because if you’ve sprayed your fabric with starch, making it stiff and wrinkle-free, and you’ve cut off all of the excess fabric after sewing, you’ll do this in no time. All you need to do is slide the webbing inside the loop of fabric that you made. Once the webbing is inside, adjust the fabric so that you have the seam and the edge of the webbing are aligned.
4 Sew Both Together
As you can see, since you’ve gotten this far, the entire collar is really starting to come together–but we’re not really done yet. Now you need to spray some more starch on your collar and go over it with the hot iron again. Then you can easily sew both the fabric and the webbing together, by using a seam down both sides of the collar. Make sure that your thread goes through both materials so that you’ll have a good collar.
3 Add The Triglide And Buckle
After you’ve added the seams on both sides of the collar, the next thing to add to it is the tri-glide. You’ll need to weave the tri-glide through the collar, but leave about an inch on one of the sides, so you can loop it back together. Then you’ll need to sew up the tri-glide using a box stitch. Next up is adding the male end of the buckle to the collar. Make sure that you also insert the webbing and not just the fabric inside the slot and pull it up to the tri-glide and weave it.
2 Add The Ring And Other Buckle
If you’ve done the last step properly, then the male end of the buckle is supposed to be locked up in a loop that’s made by the collar and the tri-glide. And now you’ll need to slide on the D-Ring on the collar. Don’t worry about the placement of this piece on the collar, as it’s not important. Next, you’ll take the female end of the buckle and slide it right up to the desired length of your collar. And then you’ll need to do a triple stitch to secure it in place.
1 Finish With A Box Stitch
Now you’ll need to slide the D-Ring you previously put on the collar to the latest triple stitch you made, and sew everything up with a box stitch. This is the final box stitch, and after you’ve done this, you can just trim up all of the excess fabric that you might have left. Congratulations on making your dog a new collar, feel free to show it off to both your dog-loving and your cat-loving friends, as we’re sure everyone’s going to be jealous of your handiwork!