I have been wanting to get my doggies holiday collars for a long time. I have admired all kinds of adorable collars on Etsy, but when I add up the cost for all my doggies to get a new collar with a bow tie or flower embellishment...I just cannot justify the purchase. So this Christmas I decided to give it a try. I made Poinsettia collars for the girls...and a Bow Tie collar for Toby.
Making the collar:
Rather than buy several kinds of fabrics for each dog, I found a Christmas fabric that had many designs combined into one fabric. Now all the dogs will color coordinate with each other.
I cut the fabric 4 times the width of the collar I want to make and twice the length of the finished collar. I folded each strip in half lengthwise and ironed in the crease. Then I folded the sides toward the crease to create the hem. And folding the hems together I sewed down the length of the collar to create the collar band. Then I threaded the ends of the bands through the buckle and sewed them in place to the finished width of each dogs neck. Since these collars were just for a few weeks of indoor use, I didn't bother using adjustable parts and D rings for collars. If I wanted stronger collars for walking the dogs, I would use nylon webbing inside the fabric.
The Poinsettia Flower Instruction:
The Poinsettia flower can be made in any color or pattern to match any collar or season.
To begin I cut out six 4 inch circles (per collar)
Then I cut each circle down the center to create half circles
Then I sewed the straight sides of the pieces together with the sewing machine. When you are done the piece is turned right side out and resembles a cone hat.
Holding the cone flat to make a triangle, I hand sewed a loose stitch along the unfinished edge of the triangle. As I sewed I pulled the fabric tight creating a gather and continued onto the next petal.
I continued sewing and gathering all six petals together and pulling the thread tight, I sewed it to the first petal where I began.
To create the center of the flower, I cut little circle of the collar fabric and covered buttons. The instructions for creating fabric covered buttons come in the package of buttons. They take 2 seconds to make the buttons. With a hot glue gun, I glued the button over the exposed edges of the center of the flower. I tied twine through the button hole and tied the flower tightly to the collar.
When the collars were finished they looked like this. It cost less than $10 to make several different collars. I made them in just a few hours and was not particular to be perfect. But they worked out just fine....Don't you think? If you have a sewing machine, and enjoy crafting with fabric, you can have a lot of fun making a collar for every season for your doggy. He or she will be the smartest looking puppy on the block!
|The collars turned out nicer than I expected. I will take more time to make sturdier collars for next season.|