Project Of The Day: Flower Dog Collars

Believe me, you’re going to be all over this insane level of cuteness. Instructions and pictures after the cut.

I’ve always wanted to be a crafty person. But I’m not. In fact, I pretty much suck at anything artistic, and I’ve learned to shrug and just do what I’m good at. But ever since I saw a picture of a dog with a big floppy bow around its neck, I knew that I had to make something similar for Daisy. And that’s when I decided to craft a cute fabric collar with a big flower at the neck.

But I knew it had to be really easy, or I would never be able to make it work. AND, if I could make it work, I knew it would be a great fundraiser for our dog park project. You can make one for your sweet puppers; they’re really easy! Total time: 30 minutes. You’ll need the following:

  • Fabric
  • Flowers
  • Sewing needles and thread
  • Snaps
  • Liquid stitch (or other strong fabric glue)

First, match your flower to your fabric choice. I found these sunflowers for $0.69 each, and then got fabric quarters for $1.99 to go with them.

Flowers and Fabric

Then, measure your dog’s neck and give yourself about two inches of allowance. Daisy’s neck is about 13 inches around, so I made a 15 inch collar. After you get the length of the collar, cut a strip of fabric that long, by about 4 inches wide. This will give you about a 2 inch wide collar. You can decide how wide you really want it yourself.

At this point, you have a choice. You can run the fabric through a sewing machine inside out, making a long tube that you’ll then have to turn inside out again in order to have the right side of the fabric showing, or you can glue your fabric into thirds to hide the seam. Regardless, what you have at the end should look like this:

Supplies for Dog Collars
You won’t need a coffee cup for this, I just haven’t cleaned since breakfast.

Don’t worry about the ends of the fabric still being opened and unfinished. They’ll be covered anyway.

At each end of the fabric, sew your snaps on. You could probably also use velcro for this. I do not have velcro, so I didn’t use it. I used snaps. Once you’ve got those sewed on, you’ll have the basic collar.

At this point, you will need a piece of scrap fabric about the width of your collar. Sew snaps on each end of this piece of fabric, making sure you’re doing it on the WRONG side of the scrap. And then sew snaps on your collar, on either side of the ends of the collar, that way you will hide the ends of the collar and the fact that you didn’t sew up the ends of it.

Flower Piece
See, this piece will just go over the collar.

Then you finally get to the flower. You’re going to remove the head of the flower from the stem, VERY CAREFULLY, by pulling it off gently. (If you pull too hard, it can fall apart.) Trim the end of the flower short, and then apply glue to the flower.

Flower
I’m using this pretty pink Daisy!

Now stick your fabric onto the glue, with the snaps facing OUT.

Fabric on Flower
See, the snaps are facing AWAY from the flower.

Once the glue dries, about ten minutes later, you can snap the flower to the collar.

Completed Flower Collar
Cute, right?

I think we’re going to see if we can sell these for $5.00 each. If they sell well, I’ll keep making them, and try to streamline the process. This would be adorable if you’re having a flower dog at a wedding, or if you’re doing a rescue event because all the big dogs could sport pretty flowers!

Dog in a collar
I mean, how can you not want one of these for your pupperzes?

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Amandamarieg is a lawyer who does not work as a lawyer. She once wrote up a plan to take over the world and turned it in as a paper for a college course. She only received an A-, because she forgot that she would need tech geeks to pull off her scheme.

12 thoughts on “Project Of The Day: Flower Dog Collars”

  1. Those are adorable!

    Have you tried putting some interfacing on the inside of the collar? It wouldn’t add a whole lot of work, but I think it could keep the fabric from getting bunchy. Unless the fabric is stiff enough that it holds its shape? I don’t have a lot of experience with quilting fabrics.

      1. ummm…stuff…that you put in to make other stuff stiff?

        It adds stability to fabric. It comes in different weights/thicknesses/stiffnesses, for different purposes. (You’d probably want a fairly light weight one). It can be iron-on on one side, both sides, or no sides (you have to sew it on). If you have button down dress shirts, there’s probably some in the collar, and possibly the buttony part.

        If you do the iron-on kind, you’ll want to spray the interfacing before ironing it. Just use the spray button on your iron to make it damp. Then hold the iron in one place for about 10 seconds. (They leave the spraying part off the instructions…I think).

        And thus ends my knowledge of interfacing. But I DO think that if you want to sell the flower collars, interfacing would most definitely bring them to the next level, and it’s pretty cheap, so good bang for your buck value :)

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