How to Make a DIY Adjustable Dog Collar
Dogs have so much personality and their collars should too! Make your pup a fun adjustable collar with this easy sewing tutorial. Making the basic collar takes just a few minutes, but you can customize it with ribbon to really let your dog show off with a different collar each day of the week!
In addition to looking cute, this collar (an essential for your pet!) adjusts so it's sure to fit your pet, especially as they grow. That also makes it perfect for making a gift for someone else's dog!
You can make this collar from either cotton webbing for a softer feel or nylon webbing so that it dries quickly.
Determining the Dog Collar Size
Dog collars come in different widths and ranges of sizes, and so does the hardware. Choose a width of hardware that's appropriate for the size of your dog, then select a matching width of strapping.
To determine the amount of strapping or belting you need, measure the circumference of your dog's neck (or estimate based on the breed if you aren't able to measure). Multiply the circumference by 1.5.
For example, if your dog's neck is about 12 inches around, you will need about 18 inches of strapping.
What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- Pins or sewing clips
- Sewing machine
- 1/2 to 1 yard cotton or nylon heavy-duty strapping
- Ribbon scraps
- 1 set dog collar hardware set
Prepare the Ribbon and Strapping Pieces
Measure and cut ribbon pieces so they are long enough to wrap around the strapping and fully overlap on the back. If the ribbon frays easily, you may want to seal or melt the ends.
If you're using nylon webbing or strapping for the collar, you should seal the ends of that as well.
Sew the Ribbon to the Strapping
Measure about 5 inches from one end of the collar piece. Wrap the ribbon pieces around the strapping and use a pin or sewing clip to hold them in place. Sew down each side of the ribbon.
If you want to add even more ribbon decoration, you can attach a piece that's 1 inch longer than the strapping. Fold the ends over and sew down both edges of the ribbon.
Add the Adjuster Buckle
With the right side of the collar facing up, slide the adjuster buckle on the end opposite from the ribbon. Fold the end back and sew across the belting with a zig-zag stitch. The fold only needs to be long enough so you can easily sew without the hardware being in the way.
From the other end, slide on one side of the buckle clip. If the hardware you're using has a front and back, the back should be facing the adjuster buckle.
It's important to keep all the pieces facing the correct direction and be on the right side so the collar comes together and functions.
Bring the decorated end around and slide it through the adjuster buckle. The sewn edge on the adjuster should now be sandwiched between the layers so it's not exposed.
Add the Remaining Hardware
Slide the D-ring first and then the remaining buckle clip on the decorated end of the collar. The front of the clip should be facing the D-ring.
Fold the end of the webbing back and thread it through the back of the D-ring. Again, the overlap only needs to be enough so you can sew between the pieces of hardware.
Use pins or sewing clips to hold the collar in place while you sew.
Sew across the strapping with a zig-zag stitch to secure the end. This holds the buckle in place as well as the ring to attach a leash.
Adjust Collar to Fit Your Dog
Adjust the collar to fit your dog and it's ready to wear!
The direction to fold the pieces can be a little confusing at first. The trick is to keep the decorated part showing on the front of the hardware and make sure the ends are hidden between layers.
There are so many ways to customize these collars! Heavy-duty webbing comes in many colors, as does the hardware. Etsy is a great resource to find different styles of both metal and plastic collar pieces.
And of course, there's no end to the ribbon options! You can use just one strip of wide decorative ribbon or several pieces of narrower embellishment. It's a great way to use up smaller pieces in your stash!
What will you make for your furry friend next?