How to Make a Pet Collar

comments (7) February 10th, 2009     

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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The reflective piece on this parachute snap is a great safety feature!
Stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge of the ribbon.
To keep the webbing and decorative ribbon from fraying, light a candle and slowly draw the end of the webbing over the flame.
The reflective piece on this parachute snap is a great safety feature!

The reflective piece on this parachute snap is a great safety feature!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

This pet collar is so quick and easy that you can make a bunch of them for all seasons and occasions. I'll show you some tips on sewing with webbing, too.

Supplies:

  • 1-inch webbing—1 yard for medium–large dogs, 1/2 yard for small–medium dogs
  • 3/8-inch-wide decorative ribbon in the same amount as the webbing
  • One reflective parachute snap
  • Cotton thread in the same color as the decorative ribbon

Measure around your pet's neck and add 6 inches, then cut a piece of webbing and ribbon to that length. Center the decorative ribbon on top of the webbing. Stitch along both sides of the ribbon about 1/8 inch away from the edges of the ribbon.


Stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge of the ribbon.

To keep the ends of the webbing and decorative ribbon from fraying, light a candle and gently draw the end of the webbing over the flame. This will melt the webbing and keep it from unravelling!


To keep the webbing and ribbon from fraying, slowly draw the end of the webbing over the flame of a candle.

Put the ends of the webbing on the snaps as directed. Fold the webbing over 3 inches on each end. Sew across the bottom to keep in place, making sure to backstitch. Directly above this seam, sew a square, then inside the square sew an X. This will keep the end of the collar secure and very strong. Do this step for both ends of the collar.


Put one end of the snap on the webbing and fold over 3 inches. Sew a square, then an X in the square to secure the end of the collar in place.


The reflective piece on this parachute snap is a great safety feature!

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Comments (7)

matissecat writes: this is great how about a pet harness? I've a Rhodesian Ridge-back and standard collars are something she can get out of. She needs the harness for walks & her old one has gotten lost. I have tried a couple but they are not strong enough plus she is an xx-large in the fit department!
Posted: 8:58 pm on January 1st
mjaneky writes: Adorable. Where did you find the snap?


Posted: 10:34 am on April 14th
bdegroot writes: I was hoping to find out what kind of sewing machine you used to sew through the webbing? Thanks
Posted: 2:30 am on September 23rd
Merit writes: I've "restyled" a couple of my dog's collars by taking some with good hardware but dingy or worn webbing buy covering it with cute ribbon and gluing into place.

Do you have a source for the Parachute snap? Great addition!
Posted: 6:36 pm on February 14th
Shannon_Dennis writes: I'm glad you guys liked this! You can place a D-ring in there easily! After you fold over the 3" from your snap, stitch across the webbing (through all 4 layers). Slid the D-ring in place and stitch across the webbing again close to the ring to secure it in place. Then move onto the "X" box step!
Posted: 2:10 pm on February 11th
shanan writes: This is so fun, thanks for posting! One question though. Is there an easy way/place to add a ring for tags?
Posted: 3:07 pm on February 10th
pjinomaha writes: Thanks for posting this! I was just thinking about getting my dog a new collar for the Spring. Maybe I'll try making one instead!
Posted: 7:56 am on February 10th
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