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7 DIY Dog Collar Ideas You Can Make Today!

Every dog needs a collar, but make sure your fuzzy friend stands out with a DIY version. Making a DIY dog collar is the perfect way to match your dog’s collar to its personality. Not to mention, it allows you to fully treat your pet like one of the family.

In this article, we are going to talk about making dog collars. This includes why your dog needs a dog collar, the benefits of making your own, and potential drawbacks of DIY options. Finally, we offer seven phenomenal DIY collar plans that can match any style, budget, or skill level.

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7 DIY Dog Collar Ideas

Without further ado, let’s look at our favorite DIY collar designs.

1. Patchwork and Poodles’ Dog Collar in 4 Sizes

If your dog has sensitive skin, he will definitely be interested in this Patchwork and Poodles Dog Collar in 4 Sizes. This tutorial includes a soft cotton outside and a solid nylon core. Together, these two materials allow an all-cotton outside, suitable for sensitive skin, and a solid inside for enhanced durability and strength.

This tutorial features dimensions for four different sizes, which range from extra small to large. You only need 5 supplies, which include any fabric of your choice, nylon webbing, a buckle, slide, and a D-ring. There is even an option to start with an existing collar, which can make this layout incredibly affordable while still being cute.

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2. Crafting With Court’s Fabric Wrapped Collar

Some DIY collar plans are not the best for beginners. Crafting with Court’s Fabric Wrapped Dog Collar is not one of these designs. Instead, this fabric wrapped dog collar is a great option if you are a beginner but still want to create a personalized collar for your pooch.

For this design, you will need fabric, nylon webbing, thread, tri-glide, a buckle, a D-ring, interfacings, and iron. She even includes a table to help you find the exact amount of each material. The sizes for these collars can range from extra small to extra-large.

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3. Halifax Dogventures’ DIY Adjustable Dog Collar

One type of dog collar that’s hard-to-find plans for are adjustable collars. With the help of Halifax Dogventures, however, you can make a DIY adjustable dog collar. This dog collar will require a little bit more skill and materials, but it is to die for if you want an adjustable design.

For this DIY adjustable dog collar, you will need fabric, cotton webbing, coordinating thread, a D-ring, a parachute clip, and a tri-glide clip, in addition to more basic sewing supplies like fabric scissors. The final product will be incredibly durable and fully adjustable, perfect for the active dog.

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4. Consumer Crafts’ No-Sew Pet Bandana Collars

Many new crafters are discouraged that everything requires a sewing machine. If you are just starting out, you are unlikely to have the needed devices for some sewing projects. If you don’t know how to sew or don’t have the machine but still want to make a DIY dog collar, check out the Consumer Crafts’ No-Sew Pet Bandana Collars.

These collars are a fun way to accessorize, perfect for the fall or winter. At the same time, they don’t require any sewing or intensive crafting abilities. The tutorial itself does not include a ring to connect to a leash or identification tags, making it better for accessory purposes, not functional purposes.

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5. Sew Can She’s DIY Adjustable Pet Collar

The So Can She DIY Adjustable Pet Collar is a great option for people who want to make an adjustable pet collar but don’t have all of the skills necessary for the Halifax Dogventures design. The So Can She design is made specifically for beginners who need an easy sewing tutorial.

For this plan, you will need fabric, a D-ring, a hook, and loop tape or Velcro. This is a great plan for puppies and smaller dogs that are unlikely to break the Velcro latching. This design is specifically made for puppies and it does not offer dimensions for larger breeds.

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6. Woodberry Way’s Dog Collar

Woodberry Way offers a really cute and easy to make dog collar. This dog collar is so easy to make, in fact, that experienced sewers can make it in as little as 10 minutes, making it a super easy and quick option for those in a rush.

What makes this plan so great is that they go into detail about how to find the perfect dimensions based on your dog’s size. This may be helpful with other plans, too. If you like another plan more but they don’t have the correct dimensions for your dog, you can use the dimensions and explanation on this site to create the perfect collar.

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7. Everyday Dishes’ DIY Braided Dog Collar

The last dog collar plan on our list is the Everyday Dishes DIY Braided Dog Collar. This dog collar is really unique and incredibly durable. These plans come with dimensions for just about any breed, ensuring that you can braid the best collar for any dog.

For this design, you will need a solid collared paracord, one patterned paracord, measuring tape, scissors, plastic buckle, lighter, and tape. Simply download the size chart to find out exactly how much of each material you need and follow the thorough instructions.

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Why Your Dog Needs A Collar

Many people like to match their dog’s collar to its personality. Although collars are a great way to accessorize your pet, they serve a more functional purpose. Most importantly, collars ensure the safety and identification of your dog in case they get out of your control.

The point of the collar is to have a way to attach a leash and forms of identification to the dog. Obviously, being able to attach your dog to a leash ensures that you can walk them safely. Additionally, hanging identification to your dog’s collar will help people return them to you in case they get out.

If your dog does not have a collar, people may not know if he is a stray. They also will not know who to call so as to return him back home. Even more worrisome, many cities legally require you to walk your dog on a leash. Not having your dog on a leash can get you into some legal trouble.

All around, a collar is an absolute necessity for a dog. There are different types of collars. It is important to match your dog’s breed to collar types. No matter what collar you select, just make sure that it provides a place to attach a leash and identification.

Why You Should Make A DIY Collar

Back in the day, people often made clothes in order to save money. Because of mass commercialization, it is typically more affordable to buy clothes and collars than it is to make them yourselves. For this reason, making a collar isn’t the most economical choice.

Still, making a DIY collar can be a great way to personalize your dog’s style. It can also be really rewarding as the owner to know that you poured a lot of love and care into making your dog’s most valuable accessory.

Making a DIY collar allows you to perfectly match your dog’s personality to its collar, and potentially a matching leash. You can also make sure that your dog has a collar that stands out from the rest, letting them be the envy of other dogs at the park.

Making a DIY collar may be a great idea if your dog has special needs. For example, an incredibly small dog or large dog may benefit from a personally sized collar. A DIY collar may also be a great idea if your dog has sensitive skin or doesn’t like the feel of most commercial products.

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Potential Drawbacks

Even though making your own DIY collar can be a great way to personalize your pooch’s necklace, there are some drawbacks. Most notably, you need some experience with sewing or crafting. There are some designs on our list that do not require a sewing machine, but you do need some basic crafting skills.

Additionally, crafting supplies can be expensive if you don’t have any to start out with. Luckily, the size of dog collars mean that you can often use scraps. If you don’t have any leftover materials or the necessary items, however, you may be spending more by making a collar, as opposed to buying one outright.

The last potential drawback is that poorly done DIY collars may not be sturdy enough to handle an unruly dog. For mild tempered or older dogs, this may not be an issue, but for more active and spirited dogs, a DIY collar might break if they see a rabbit while on a walk.

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Final Thoughts

DIY dog collars can be a great way to personalize your dog’s style. We hope that these plans help you find a dog collar perfect for your pooch. Just with a little extra care and effort, you can make your dog feel like the leader of the pack.

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