On this page you will find step-by-step instructions on how to make a Homemade dog collar.
- Cotton Fabric and Thread
- Nylon Webbing
- Welded d-ring
- Buckle and Adjuster
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
- Pins and a Lighter
Before you get Started
- Measure Your Dogs Neck Circumference in inches
- Webbing should measure the neck circumference x 1.5
- Your fabric should be the length of the webbing plus 4 inches
NOTE: These instructions are to make a 1.5 inch wide collar. Depending on the size of your dog you may want to use narrower webbing. If you do decide to make a narrower collar, make sure to purchase your buckles, d-ring and adjustment slider to fit that size.
1. Take your cut Fabric and Iron both sides
Iron both sides of the fabric making sure that there is no wrinkles.
2. Take your fabric pattern side down and fold in edges toward the center.
As you fold the fabric toward the center, use your iron to make your edges are nice and smooth.
3. Make sure to keep your fabric lined up. When your fabric is laid on top of the webbing some webbing should show.
Try to keep your fabric lined up so that the finished product will look nice.
4. Once your fabric is ironed, check to make sure the edge length is consistent.
Do this final check to make sure your measurement is right. It does not have to be perfect, but try to make sure your fabric is narrower than the webbing.
5. Center your fabric on the webbing and use pins to hold the fabric in place.
When pinning your fabric to the webbing you should only need 3 to 4 pins. One on each end and a couple in the center.
6. Use your lighter to fuse the ends of the webbing before you start sewing.
Fusing the ends helps to keep them from fraying later on.
7. Now it’s time to sew! Starting at one end stitch forwards and backwards once to lock in the stitch.
Continue carefully sewing down the edge making sure to not let the fabric bunch up. Make sure to remove the pins as you come to them. Once at the end do your forward and backward to lock in the stitch. The first side is the hardest, so take your time. Make sure to do both sides.
8. Fold the fabric over at the end of collar so it is touching the webbing.
When you fold over the fabric at the end of the collar, make sure to clean away any excess thread or material.
9. Set your sewing needle a half inch from the end and sew back and forth twice to make a secure hold.
Repeat these steps on the other end of the collar.
10. Thread the adjuster piece over the sewn end, so that the side with grips is touching the sewn fabric.
Make sure the sides with the grips is touching the fabric.
11. Rotate the collar so that the webbing side is facing up.
Now sew it down from the back side. Use 3 to 4 passes to sew this side down.
12. With the webbing facing up thread the male end on.
Pull the male end down giving you lots of space.
13. Now take the free end and thread it up and over the adjuster.
Now check to make sure your collar looks like the one above.
14. Slide the D ring on first, then the female end of the buckle.
Now fold the strap back towards the d ring, this should cause the webbing sides to touch. Then wrap it back inside the D ring towards the buckle.
Your collar should look like the picture above. When this is sewn down it will secure both the buckle and the D ring.
15. If your sewing machine supports it, change your sewing pattern to zigzag as it is much stronger.
Due to the number of layers this will be the hardest to sew. Go back and forth four times to make a very strong connection.
16. Your collar is now complete.
You can watch step by step video instructions here..
If you found these plans helpful, please share them with your friends and family on social media. It helps me keep fidoshack.com up and going.