How To Make Dog Collars

Learn how to make dog collars with our detailed instructions!

Woven/braided small dog collar in light and dark green yarn

Collars come in a great variety of styles and materials.

Now you can have the fun of making your own using our step-by-step instructions.

Once you've mastered some basics, it will be easy for you to add unique touches.

Of course, you can also create your own designs from scratch, especially once you get the hang of it...

Collars can be more than just functional. Consider combining both fashion and function for stepping out in style!

Check out our ideas for a purely decorative collar, or scroll down for more suggestions.

Thrift Store Special

Ms. Sock Lady from Texas sent in her idea for how to make dog collars:

"I have a tip for people out there who don’t like buying expensive collars. Take a belt and measure it around your dogs neck and cut a bit more off than your dog’s neck line should be. Go punch a hole in where the pointy thing goes and make sure two of your fingers can fit between the collar and your dog’s neck.  You can do this for small dogs and big dogs. Your dog will be looking nice in their new collar without the trip to the pet store, saving you lots of money."

Great Idea - by Lisa

"What a good idea, Ms. Sock Lady! And so simple. I have worked with the Humane Society in my area and collars and leashes are at a premium. We throw away the choke chains that come with many dogs. I am going to the thrift store to see if I can find a bunch of belts. Thanks for the tip."

Jo's comments: You can do this with leather and fabric belts. We prefer metal buckles - test them thoroughly at home first to make sure the buckle and other materials will hold firm if your dog lunges at something while you're out walking.

More Ideas For How To Make Dog Collars

Consider the following:

  • Braid/weave a unique collar out of yarn as in the photo above. See Design Your Own Dog Collar.
  • Crochet one that fits over your dog's regular collar - perfect for holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day!
  • Knit a strip out of sturdy fibers.
  • Making dog collars out of nylon webbing using straps and plastic snaps off old backpacks and bags or using multi-colored webbing is easy to do.
  • Weave a strip with cotton yarn, string or beads on or off loom. Emily from Grand Rapids wrote us that she made a homemade collar in the following manner: "I used weaving string, and all I did was I made the weaving thick. You just weave it or even add charms or anything because it makes the dog feel loved."
  • Use some old blue jean material and embroider patterns on it.
  • Make a leash to match - hold walks with pride!

How to Make Dog Collars:
Decorative Additions

 Reminder: Please keep small items out of reach of dogs that chew.

Training Collars

At this time we do not have any instructions for making your own training collars. However, here's a good set of instructions to make a dog martingale collar from the Romp Rescue site for greyhounds.

Note that we do NOT recommend creating your own shock collars. Commercial ones can be effective if used properly where the dog receives only a mild shock and learns to associate the shock with a beep, so that only the beep is needed to affect the dog's behavior.

The potential for misuse and unintended consequences, however, is greater with such a collar, and could result in your dog shying away from you or being unwilling to come when called. Patient training is our recommended option.

If you are interested in making other types of training collars, we suggest you scrutinize a manufactured one first to see how it has been constructed, and then see whether it is something you will be able to make yourself.

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