After having a request from one of my very loyal customers to make a custom dog collar, I went back and forth as to how I was going to tackle it.
Do I search for a pattern?
What if I make this and then other people are interested in ordering one? (that’s usually my motivation for purchasing patterns) I’m a stickler for reproducible results!
What I ended up deciding on was purchasing a collar and deconstructing it to make a new one.
The bonus to this method is: 1. You have a pattern. 2. You have all the “hardware” you’ll need.
Then, I thought, maybe my sewing friends would like to do this too!
So, here is a quick Tutorial for you to make your own custom dog collar
- Look for a collar you love. Maybe it’s the one your dog is already wearing? Maybe it’s a brand new one. (as long as the “hardware” is good, they have collars everywhere…even the dollar store)
- Open the collar up and take a picture. You’ll want this for reference when you are sewing your new collar back together.
- Cut off all the hardware
4. Measure the length of the collar all stretched out straight.
5. Choose the fabric you love. My customer happens to LOVE Star Trek, so that’s what I used. If your print is larger, you’ll have to pay attention to placement of the print.
6. You’ll cut your fabric 4x the width of the collar you are copying, and Add 1 inch onto the length. (the collar I copied also had a tag ring, so I cut an extra piece to attach that)
7. Cut Iron-On interfacing 2″x Length of collar and iron it on down the center.
8. Fold your collar to the center twice so that it’s 4 layers. You’ll also tuck in the ends so that they are finished nicely. Sew around this whole piece with 1/8″ seam.
9. Reconstruct your collar by referencing the picture of the one you took apart.10. Pop that puppy on your Pup, and enjoy!
Just think of all the fun collars you can make for your Furry Friend!