Free Pet Collar Tutorial
Free Pet Collar Tutorial
The RP Team is full of pet lovers! We frequently have pets in our Zoom meetings, photobombing our sewing pictures and walking all over our printed PDF patterns. We love what we do so it’s no surprise when our pets just have to get in on the action! To celebrate National Pet Day I thought it would be fun to put together a Free Pet Collar Sewing Tutorial!
Just some of the RP Team’s furry friends:
I’ll walk you through the steps of making your furry friend an extra special handmade collar perfect for pairing with a matching bowtie from our Tie & Bow Tie Sewing Pattern! Let’s get started!
Find your pet’s neck measurement by measuring around your pet’s neck in the spot where they normally wear their collar.
This blog is written for the sizes listed. If your pet is between sizes, choose the larger size as finished collar is adjustable.
Refer to the materials chart above to determine the materials for your pet’s collar based on size.
- 1/8 yard of quilting cotton fabric or fabric scraps for all collar sizes
- 1 yard of nylon webbing in the width recommended for your pet’s neck size*
- Buckle size noted above*
- Slide *
- D Ring *
- Sewing Machine
- Iron and Ironing board/mat
*Nylon Webbing is recommended to provide durability, but is not necessary. You can use mid-weight iron-on interfacing to stabilize your fabric instead. You can find the Buckle, Slide, and D ring hardware sold in kits at your local craft store or online. Some kits may include nylon webbing.
Sewing the Collar:
1. Cut your fabric to width and length measurements listed in the materials chart above based on your pet’s neck size.
2. Skip to step 3 if you are using interfacing instead of nylon webbing. Cut the nylon webbing to the length listed in the materials chart. Melt both ends of the webbing with a lighter to prevent fraying. You can only do this if your webbing is in fact nylon. Cotton webbing or other materials will burn if you do this! Set your nylon webbing off to the side.
3. Skip to step 4 if you are using nylon webbing. If you are using iron-on midweight interfacing, preheat your iron to the heat setting based on the manufacturer’s instructions for the interfacing. While the iron heats up, cut a rectangle of interfacing using the same width and length measurements from the materials chart based on your pet’s neck size. Iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric.
4. Preheat your iron to the cotton heat setting.
5. If you’re familiar with making double-fold bias tape, this is the process we will be doing in steps 5-7. Once the iron is hot, grab your fabric rectangle and fold it in half, with the wrong sides together on the long side. Press the fold with the iron.
6. Next, open the fabric rectangle and fold one side of the long fabric towards the centerfold that you just made. Press the fold with the iron so that you have two folds running in your fabric.
7. Open the fabric rectangle again and fold the opposite side of the long fabric towards the main centerfold. Press the fold with the iron so that your fabric is now divided evenly into four main parts.
8. On one of the short ends of the fabric rectangle, fold the raw edges over 1/4 inch and press. Repeat for the other short end.
9. Skip to step 10 if you are using interfacing instead of nylon webbing. Feed your nylon webbing inside of your fabric folds aligning the long edge with the centerfold of the fabric rectangle.
10. Fold the short edges of the fabric rectangle toward the center to hide the raw edges. Finish folding the other ends of the fabric rectangle to completely encase the raw edges as shown in the photos. Clip in place. I will now refer to this piece as the collar.
11. Stitch along the outside edge of the collar at 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to stitch evenly because your stitches will show. Pivot your needle when you reach the short ends of the collar.
1. Insert the collar through the slider as shown in the photo. Leave the short edge of the fabric about 1.5″ long.
2. Secure the slider to the collar by sewing two rows of stitches about 1/8″ away from the short end of the collar and then another row of stitching about 1/4″ away from the short end of the collar. Your slider should now be fixed in place.
3. Slide the male end of the buckle onto the free end of the collar and move the buckle towards the middle of the collar piece.
4. Slide the free end of the collar back through the slider. The image shows the direction that the buckle, slider, and collar fabric should go.
5. Slide the open end of the collar fabric through the second half of the slider. The male end of the buckle will now be enclosed in the collar loop as shown.
6. Slide the D ring onto the free end of the collar.
7. Slide the open end of the fabric through the female half of the buckle. If it is helpful to clip the male and female ends of the buckle back together to get a visual of how the collar will work, do so now.
8. Fold over the free end of the collar about 1/5″ making sure the D ring is captured in the fold of the fabric.
9. Clip in place and then stitch two rows of stitches 1/8″ away from the end of the fabric and 1/4″ away from the end of the fabric. Make sure to backstitch to ensure that the stitches hold.
Great job, you’ve just finished making your pet a new collar! Be sure to pair your new collar with a handmade bowtie from the Tie & Necktie Sewing Pattern for a one-of-a-kind look!