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Sewing Your Own Dog Collar

By Jim Witt

Do you want your dog to have a one of a kind collar? Do you have some basic sewing skills and a good sewing machine? If your answer is “yes”, then you can make your own custom dog collar.

Besides a sewing machine, you will need a few other items before you begin your project. If you can’t find these at home, you can order them on-line, or get them at your local fabric store. If you have an old dog collar, you could even get the needed hardware from it.

You will need the hardware or fittings for a dog collar: You need a side release buckle, Dee ring, and a slider to make the collar adjustable. If you have an old dog collar, you can take these fittings from it. All of the hardware should fit the same size webbing.

A common size for collars is to use a 1 inch wide webbing. In that case the buckle, Dee ring and slider should all fit 1 inch webbing. If you want a collar that shows up more, use a wider width.

The webbing should be about one foot longer than your dog’s neck measurement. If you want to sew a ribbon or other decoration down the center of the webbing, you will need enough of that as well. Other decorations can be added after the collar is complete.

If you will be adding ribbon, cut it the same length as the webbing. Place the ribbon down the center of the webbing and securely sew along both sides. To keep the ribbon and webbing from fraying, carefully burn the ends with an open flame, taking care not to create a bump that will irritate the dog’s neck.

Thread one end of your webbing through the Dee ring and through the female side of the buckle. Fold the webbing over about 3 inches from the end, and sew right along the side of the buckle, stitching back and forth several times. Push the Dee ring close to your stitching, and stitch along the other side of the ring. Stitch again close to the end of your webbing as needed.

Take the other end of the webbing and weave it through both holes of the slider, and then through the other buckle. Keeping the webbing flat, loop it back through the slider around the center post and loop it back on itself. Sew securely close to the center post. Your custom dog collar is now complete and ready for the dog fashion show!

The owner of the dog ought to be well-informed about the types of collars available and how to use them properly as to not inflict injury to the dog. Jim Witt recommends visiting Country Brook Design to view the wide assortment of custom made Martingale Collars that are available in many sizes and colors.

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