How to Sew a Pet Collar – Easy Sewing Tutorial





Learn how to sew a pet collar for your dog, cat, llama, or iguana! This fun and easy sewing project uses simple supplies – just fabric, a d-ring, and some velcro.

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The pet collar is adjustable because of the velcro, so it’s perfect for a growing puppy or kitty.

Here’s my suggestion: use scrap fabric for the collar, and when it no longer fits – cut off the d-ring and re-use it for a slightly larger one!



How to Sew an Easy DIY Pet Collar:

First measure around your pet’s neck to determine the size of the collar. It should fit comfortably – and not too tight.

Take your ‘comfortable’ neck measurement and add 5 to it.




You will need:

  • a rectangle of fabric that is 4’’ x (comfortable neck measurement) + 5’’

  • a 1’’ d-ring

  • 2’’ of hook and loop tape (velcro)



1. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and press. Fold the long edges to the center, press. Then fold it in half and press one more time.







2. To sew finished ends, open the folded strip and fold the end back on itself. Stitch across with a 1/4’’ seam allowance.

Repeat on the other side.




3. Fold the strip back as pressed, tucking the raw edges inside. Press.




4. Topstitch all the way around the strap close to the edge.




5. Pass one end of the strap through the d-ring and fold back by about 1/2’’. Stitch back and forth to secure.




6. At the opposite end of the strap (and on the other side), sew both pieces of the hook and loop tape (the scratchy piece and the soft piece), about 1/2’’ apart.




All done!

Now sew up a matching leash with my free pet leash sewing patterns – wide or narrow. How cute with that be???



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  1. Sue sperrazza says:

    It is a pretty collar, however as a dog trainer and dog groomer I have concerns about the safety of it. If a dog lunges he/she could easily pop the Velcro loose. I am always safety first. Just my thoughts

  2. I agree with Sue. This collar would not be appropriate for a leash or tether. It would pop right off.

  3. I would stitch in a loop a couple of inches from the D-ring to tuck the end of the overlap into. This would make it more secure and less likely to catch on something or be opened while scratching, which most dogs do.

  4. Interesting to see the comments about the collar opening easily, and Caroline’s response about how secure it is. If you’re concerned about security, use longer pieces of velcro, the length is related to the strength of the grip.
    My concern would be using these for a cat, since they are easily trapped by their collars and can die if not found quickly. Cats must have safety release clips on their collars.

  5. Jen Brown says:

    I love this pattern, that’s for making it available as a PDF.

  6. Maggie Bliss says:

    Worked great love yoir ideas .keep them coming
    Maggie Bliss

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