Dog Collar in 4 Sizes | A Tutorial

With all the amazing fabrics on the market, making your special pup a one-of-a-kind collar is a cinch! My tutorial features a super soft cotton outside for sensitive skins and a solid nylon core for durability and strength.

This tutorial covers how to make a dog collar in four sizes:

  • X-SMALL: Fits neck size 8″ – 12″
  • SMALL: Fits neck size 10″ – 16″
  • MEDIUM: Fits neck size 14″ – 20″
  • LARGE: Fits neck size 18″ – 24″

If you missed it, there’s also an accompanying bow-tie tutorial in 2 sizes!

For reference, Riley wears a small!

Riley’s wearing Blossom fabric in Navy from Riley Blake Designs

Supplies needed:

  • 1/8 yard of fabric
    • X-SMALL: 1.5″ x 15″
    • SMALL: 2.5″ x 23″
    • MEDIUM: 3″ x 27″
    • LARGE: 4″ x 32.5″
  • Nylon webbing
    • X-SMALL: 3/8″ webbing, 14.5″ long
    • SMALL: 5/8″ webbing, 22.5″ long
    • MEDIUM: 3/4″ webbing, 26.5″ long
    • LARGE: 1″ webbing, 32″ long
  • (1) quick release side buckle, (1) d-ring, and (1) slider
    • X-SMALL: 1/2″
    • SMALL: 3/4″
    • MEDIUM: 3/4″
    • LARGE: 1″

If starting with an existing collar…

Buying all the supplies for a dog collar can seem a bit overwhelming, so I’ve found a quick and easy hack for you! Start with an existing collar! I really like the nylon dog collars from Dollar Tree. They’re durable, and as a bonus, they only cost $1! To buy the buckle, d-rings, slider, and nylon you’d be spending a lot more than that. So, if you’re looking for an affordable hack, I’ve got you covered. Simply buy the right size dog collar for your dog and follow the directions below to prep it for a makeover!

Make sure your collar is sewn together and not glued. The glued ones require you to cut too much webbing off, which means your finished collar might not fit your dog. Find where the collar has been sewn and carefully seam rip the collar seams. You will end up with a piece of nylon and your buckle, slider, and d-ring.


1. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and press. Open it back up and fold both edges towards the middle and press.

2. On each short edge, fold 1/4″ in and press.

3. Place the nylon webbing inside one half of the folded fabric, and refold the fabric, encasing the webbing.

4. Pin or clip in place. Be careful not to iron the fabric at this point, the nylon WILL melt!

5. Sew 1/8″ away from all the edges, securing the webbing inside the fabric.

6. Now it is time to assemble the collar! Insert the slider as indicated in the picture below. The short edge of fabric should be around 1.5″ long.

7. Sew two rows of stitching to secure the slider in place. One row of stitching should be 1/8″ away from the edge of the fabric piece, the second about 1/4″ away from the first line of stitching.

8. Slide one side of the buckle onto the fabric, back to front, and slide the free end of the fabric back through the slider. View the picture below to ensure the direction of the buckle is going the right way. It can be helpful at this stage to reference an existing collar.

9. Slide the open end of the fabric through the second half of the slider. The buckle should now be in an enclosed loop.

10. Add the D-ring.

11. Slide the open end of fabric through the second half of the buckle, going front to back.

12. Fold over about 1.5″ of fabric, making sure that the D-ring is captured in the fold. The D-ring should now be through two layers of fabric.

13. Pin or clip the fold in place, then sew two lines of stitching to secure the layers together. The first line of stitching should be 1/8″ away from the end of the fabric, and the second about 1/4″ away from the first.

That’s it! Congratulations, you’ve made a dog collar!

I hope you make one! If you do, use the hashtag #ppdogcollar on instagram and tag @patchworkandpoodles so I can see it too!

23 thoughts on “Dog Collar in 4 Sizes | A Tutorial

  1. Do you have any tips about the last two lines of sewing that go through three layers fabric and webbing? My machine gets stuck when the webbing is triple or even double thick. Often he lines end up uneven because of that.

    1. A walking foot can really help, or else also there’s a knob on your machine for the presser foot’s pressure. You want less pressure for bulky fabrics or else it can feel like you’re fabric is “stuck” under the machine.

    2. A seam jack or hump jumper is super helpful. Its a piece of plastic that you put under the back half of the presser foot when you are are starting that folded area. Your machine gets stuck when the presser foot tilts up, the seam jack levels the presser foot… Its still a pain because you are sewing such a short distance and I do multiple passes, but its worth doing- sometimes I get stubborn and try to force it and always kick myself… . You can find them in stores but like most things amazon makes it easier. Search “hump jumper” or “seam jack” or “button clearance plate” or “Jean-A-Ma-Jig”, but you can also just fold a small square of sturdy cardboard or use any thick piece of plastic. My favorite jumper looks like the letter “H” that is bent and it has a hole on one of the ends. The hole is a needle holder- love it! The two halves accommodate two different thicknesses of seams. Seriously it is worth the $5!
      p.s. Another thing that I do is start close to the middle of the webbing back stitch and then go forward and back from there, The machine will still get stuck at the edges but sometimes the momentum is enough that it will keep going. the jumper is better though.

  2. Hello, I want to know what sew machine did you used to sew the nylon ?

    I want to buy a sew machine that I can make dog collars and sew nylon but I don’t know which one should I buy :/

    1. Hi Cristal! I’ve made these on very cheap machine and a more expensive one! A walking foot is really helpful to handle the bulky spots.

  3. I’m having a problem with my thread looping on the underside of the collar when I’m sewing. I am using a walking foot, a denim needle, and a heavy duty thread (which doesn’t loop as much as my basic thread did). I’ve tried a lot and can’t seem to get rid of the looping. Any tips?

    1. I bought some metal ones a long time ago and unfortunately don’t have the info anymore. The plastic ones are from Dollar Tree dog collars!

  4. Very helpful! I have made a few using pretty average quilting cotton (with light fusible interfacing) and 6 mos later theres noticeable wear… Im wondering if other more durable fabrics like a nylon blend will work?
    Also – the part where you fold the unfinished edges in then fold the fabric over… Obviously this is the right way to do it but once I fold the webbing back on itself the ends never end up nice and square like yours look. I’m not sure if I’m describing this right but they end up skewed a bit. This is probably a sewing 101 skill that I am missing but any tips (assuming you know what I am trying to describe) would be appreciated!

    1. I’m sure nylon would work – I have a dog with skin sensitivities and allergies so he does best with cotton. I just end up going really slowly when I make these collars, and sometimes the seam ripper comes out.

  5. I am having attempting the medium size bandana and running into trouble with the slider; the collar fits so tightly through the slider that it is not adjustable at all once it’s on. Any advice?

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