I wanted to share this quick project with you as it has brought so much happiness to me in so many ways – one big up-side of the lockdown is that MrA and I seem to have ‘inherited’ a dog! The keen-eyed among you will have seen Freddy before (… or to use his full name, Mr Frederick P. Peanut III) – well, he moved in at the beginning of the lockdown, and he hasn’t moved out yet – so I decided to make him a collar! (This could be considered a step-down from the matching jackets of a couple of years ago, but I feel it’s very much the beginning of an upward curve!)
This first one was very much a trial as I wanted to test it for strength and design before investing too much cash, but the results have been so encouraging that I’m going full-steam-ahead with more!
What I Had:
- 1″ Glitzy ribbon (That has been patiently waiting in my stash for it’s time to shine!)
- 1/2″ Twill tape
- 1″ Bag Clip-buckle
- 1″ Matt Black Metal D-Ring
- Measure the length of an existing dog collar (or dog’s neck), add approx 5cm (2″) each side for a generous double fold and cut 2 pieces of ribbon and one piece of tape to size. Stitch the tape to the wrong side of one of the pieces of ribbon.
2. Edgestitch the two pieces of ribbon together (both right sides facing out), sandwiching the tape on the inside.
3. Attach one side of the buckle and zig-zag stitch over the (double-folded) end of the strap.
4. At the other end, check the length before attaching the other side of the buckle and the D-ring. Pin it in place and (carefully) try it on your dog.
5. When you’re happy with the size, zigzag the double folded edge in place.
6. And now it’s ready!
7. Grab your dog (on the hottest day of the year) for a photo shoot!
Now I’ve ordered some colourful buckles and webbing, I’m looking forward to making more. It’s a bit tricky finding buckles, sliders and d-rings in fancy colours (and the right sizes) – this one is 1″ and for Freddy’s size he could probably go down to 1/2″, so I’ll keep looking!
Until next time, here’s a couple of Freddy classics, from the archives!
Notes to self:
- Check for leather scraps from this project!
- Keep an eye out for a nice buckle and some eyelets…
- Don’t be tempted to make too many just because the hardware comes in multi-packs – save some of the fun stuff for bags too.
Hope you are doing well. Ain’t this a mess? At least you don’t have Trump.
A mess indeed! 🙏
I wish I had made one of these for my dearly departed dog. It is adorable. I don’t think that you can ever do or make too much for a furry person. My dog gave so much more to everyone than she was ever given. My husband and I are pretty fragile now to maintain a dog but possibly when my husband passes I will find a middle-aged dog to love.
I grew up with dogs and it’s been so hard not having one through my 20’s/30’s… finally Freddy’s here just before I leave my 40’s! … he’s 6, so similar ages in dog years!
Get yourselves a nice old 3-legged scruff! You’ll be glad you did! 👍🙏
Freddy is adorable – I love the ‘do not disturb’ photo. I’ve been making dog collars for years now and selling them in my Etsy shop, sharing the profits with a local dog charity. I use webbing and sew the grosgrain or woven ribbon directly on to that – nylon webbing comes in great colours but I like using natural hemp too which I can find in the U.K. – the rest I have to get from China to reduce costs but that’s only because I make so many. If you use a slider, you can make the collar adjustable if you need to or perhaps Freddy keeps his weight under control. I usually just run the machine backwards and forwards four times with a straight stitch at the sewn points which looks a bit neater than zigzag (imho) and is very strong – I have two biggish dogs who yomp through woodland so i have tested it. It can all go in the washing machine too. I know you didn’t ask for tips but, if you’re going to make more I thought I’d pass some on.
Hi, thanks for the tips, they’re great 👍 I’ve got some webbing on order, and some coloured clips… I didn’t bother with the slider for Freddy as I know his size & the collar was quite chunky already – but it looks like I’m going to be making some more for my friend’s dogs so I’ll definitely include them then…
… I wish ‘they’ sold coloured clips, sliders & d-rings in matching sets 😅… maybe they do… 🤔
Thanks again for the great advice.
What a cute lil doggo with a dapper new collar… Make it about tripple the size and it just might fit one of my mahoosive mutts ;’D
I might need to double (treble…?!) up on the twill tape too 🤣👍