Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Featured Guest: Ladybug Blessings

Hey everyone, I'm Kristen from Ladybug Blessings which is full of crafts, random life snippets, my puppy Pancake and Handmade Tuesdays. I am so excited to be guest posting today @ She Wears Flowers!
I love seeing what Tammy comes up with!

I'm kind of (okay, a big) over thinker and so it was hard for me to decide what to do a tutorial on! I eventually decided to share with you a tutorial to make a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e fabric dog collars. Pancake is quite the little princess and thus must have collars to match the seasons.

Truth be told, I actually rescued Pancake from a puppy mill where she spent years and I think she can be a princess :) Now I apologize ahead of time for lots of pictures but I am a visual person :) I am also going to give my sizes for a 1/2" collar but try to give examples for larger ones.

Supplies you Need
  • Collar that fits your pet well
  • Fabric you want to use
  • Light Interfacing (if you want to use it)
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Buckle: Correct size for the dog. Pancake uses a 1/2" (measures by the inside of the hole)
  • D Ring
(You can buy the Buckle & D Ring at the craft store or there is a great online supplier here. They also offer kits.)

Now the amount of fabric you cut depends upon the size of your buckle. Since Pancake's buckle is 1/2" I cut the width of the fabric 3". I would multiply the buckle size times 4 and then add 1" (so it you had a 1" buckle, you would cut 5").

Then you fold (and iron) the fabric where it is 1" high (or double your collar height). I bring mine where it is folded up on the bottom and then goes down around 3/4ths of the way on the top.

Then bring this together and pin. It will now be the height of your collar buckle.

Now, make sure to test to make sure your buckle fits before you sew. This is very important because it is very easy to mess up the size!

It is now time to sew. First sew on the side that is open and then sew on the closed side (just for looks).

Now place the buckle on the collar. Make sure you leave at least 2 inches to fold over and sew.

Now take your collar that fits and line it up with the new one, placing the D Ring on and then the other end of the buckle. Do not forget the D Ring, it will not fit over the buckle!

Now fold the extra fabric through like this. I like to make sure this is not going to come off and is secure. Pin in place.

When sewing make sure to place the buckle on the left side or it will get in the way when you are sewing.

Now the sew the other side. Sew between the buckle and D Ring first and then sew on the other side of the D Ring.

Now make a few more so your dog can have different collars depending upon season, month, week or day!

Note: I do not walk Pancake using her fashion collars but feel more comfortable using a harness.

Tammy, thank you so much for having me (and Pancake!).


Deb Legg,  said... March 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

Those collars are so cute! Thank you! I may have to try my hand and making 1 or 2.

Deb :)

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