Making a dog collar is easy as 1, 2, 3. With a few simple materials and an afternoon of your time, you can build your pup’s very own custom collar. While DIY dog collars aren’t perfect by any means, they’re a great way to get creative and offer your pet something special. We’ll go into more detail about the benefits of DIY dog collars later in this article. If you’re ready to get started, read on for all the helpful tips you need to make your first DIY collar that everyone will rave about.
What to look for when choosing a collar for your dog
There’s a lot of factors that go into choosing the perfect dog collar for your pup. First, you’ll want to consider what type of collar your dog needs. If your dog has a long or short coat, you'll want to choose a collar made out of leather or fabric. If it's not so simple and you're unsure, ask yourself these questions: -Are my dog's neck measurements small enough for him to wear this type of collar? -Will this type of collar be too tight on my dog's neck? -Will this type of collar be uncomfortable since my dog's head is different from other dogs? -Is this style of collar appropriate for my dog's breed? -Is there anything I'm allergic to in the material I'm using to make this DIY collars?
Tips for making a successful DIY dog collar
The first step to making a DIY dog collar is to choose the right type of fabric. You’ll want a sturdy, yet flexible fabric to work with. Next, you should measure your pet’s neck circumference. This will help ensure that your DIY collar fits properly and doesn’t end up too tight or loose. After measuring your pet, you’ll need to cut out the pattern for the front, back and two sides of the collar using the fabric that you chose in step one. Make sure that you leave a small opening in each end of the pattern so that you can fold it and sew it together. Once all three pieces are cut out and folded, sew them together completely around the edges on either side of the opening in order to make a tube for your pup’s neck. For extra sturdiness, attach velcro along one side of your DIY dog collar before folding it over for sewing. This will further secure your new custom-made collar around your pup's neck and make it easier for them to get on and off their harnesses or collars with ease.
Measure your pup’s neck
The first step is to measure your pup’s neck. You want to measure the circumference of your pet’s neck. Measure it around the widest part of the neck, just behind the ears.
Choose a material
If your dog is an avid chewer, you may want to choose materials like rope or leather. Leather is a fairly durable material that the dog can’t tear through easily. However, if your pup loves chewing on things, you may want to consider using a fabric-based collar instead. This will make it easier for you to add embellishments without worrying about the fabric tearing.
One of the most popular forms of embellishments are bows! Whether they are in matching colors or in different shades of the same color, bows are always an adorable addition to any collar. You can also add decorative buckles and charms to help personalize your pet’s collar even further.
Choosing a collar for your dog is very important because it will be the first thing your dog sees each day and will be the first impression they have of you. Take the time to find a collar that represents you and your pup’s personal style. Make a DIY dog collar that will also last for years.