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!

10 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. 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!

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