Things You'll Need
- 1-inch elastic
- Sewing machine
Making your own dog collars allows you to customize the final size, color and overall design. If you want to create a fancy collar to dress up your dog for a wedding or just to add a little pizazz to its everyday look, make a collar out of tulle. Using a similar process as making a no-sew tutu for little girls, you can make your own tulle dog collar in little time.
Wrap a piece of 1-inch elastic around your dog’s neck so that it is snug, but you can insert two fingers between the dog’s neck and the elastic. Mark where the elastic overlaps. Cut the elastic at the mark.
Fold the elastic in half so the two loose ends are even. Use a sewing machine to make a zig-zag stitch along the edge to secure the two ends together, using a 1/4-inch hem.
Place the elastic band around the dog’s neck and double check that it is not too tight. If it is, remove the band and repeat Steps 1 and 2, adding additional length to the elastic as needed.
Cut pieces of tulle into 1-by-6-inch pieces. The number of pieces depends on the size of your dog’s neck. You need one strip for each inch. Or, double the amount of tulle for a thicker collar.
Slip the elastic band around your leg or an assistant’s arm. Keep the band from stretching.
Fold a piece of tulle in half lengthwise. Slip it under the elastic band with the looped end pointed down. Pull the two loose ends of the tulle down over the elastic band and insert it through the looped end of the tulle. Pull the tulle to tighten it around the band.
Repeat the process around the entire elastic band until it is fully covered.
Use a single color of tulle for a simple collar or several colors for a more elaborate color.
For larger dogs, use a longer strip of tulle to create a fluffier collar.
For a more finished look, cover the tulle and elastic band with a length of satin ribbon or blanket binding. Sew it in place to finish the look.
Never leave your dog unattended when wearing the tulle collar. An unattended dog may get the collar stuck on something, leading to a choking hazard.