Handmade Dog Collars
Happy weekend, everyone!
(He’s such a cutie, right?)
Today I have another one from the DOG DIY category for you! I really enjoy these doggo DIY projects, but there are only so many things you can make for your pup that you actually need. For us this is mostly leashes, collars and toys. We don’t dress our dog up (if a multitude of different style collars and leashes don’t count…) so I always look for other fun sewing projects that are useful.
We had someone make a costum-made dog collar for Aslan that was super cute. It was quite costly and only took the lady 10 minutes to make on her industrial machine. Unfortunately the collar ended up being a tad too tight after only a few days (!) and I had all these cute ribbons and I’m addicted to sewing… so what can I tell you? Off course I had to copy that thing as best I can and add a few tweaks and end up making four dog collars in a matter of only a few hours. Matching leashes will follow.
Here are a couple of close-ups:
(Did I mention matching dog tags?)
I made this cute leather address tag in a very short time. I followed a tutorial in Burdastyle Magazine, the process is fairly simple. I lined the leather with some flower-print cotton I fused onto it before cutting out.
But back to the dog collars! The unicorn one is my favourite by far!
As you can see in the picture below, these collars are made to slip over your dog’s head and they tighten once you pull the leash. These are no-choke collars, which means even when pulling, the collar has about one inch wearing ease. This is small enough for your dog not to break free when pulling backwards but not too tight to choke him. To not accidentally choke your dog it’s actually better to make a bespoke slip collar yourself than buying one that might be too small (so-called half-choke collars).
For safety these are extra wide (approx. 3.5-4 cm). A dog collar should be wide enough to cover at least the width of two neck vertebrae, which roughly is 3-4 cm for larger dogs.
As some of you requested on Instagram, there will be a tutorial for making these (plus matching fleece-lined leashes) on the blog soon!
So keep your eyes peeled if you have a doggo yourself or want to make pupper Christmas gifts this year!
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