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Feel free to use the collars made with these instructions for personal use or resale. If providing a link to the instructions please include proper source acknowledgement. Please do not distribute copies in any form, in compliance with copyright law. 
 Remember, collar safety is YOUR responsibility. Only you can determine the suitability of these collars for your pet and individual situation. Beautiful handmade collars are meant for light use, not to restrain strong powerful animals.  


The Classic Collar Tutorial instructions are designed for use with a heavy weight webbing or collar strap when using 1/2 and larger collar hardware shown on this site.

Lightweight webbing used alone will not hold adjustment with the hardware shown on this site.

A double layer of lightweight webbing will work as well. See combination webbing collar instructions below for example of using layers of light weight webbing.

Links below for adding trim or fabric to lightweight webbing and for making collar straps from cotton fabric.

Combination Webbing Collar

 

Cut webbing to size desired from chart below.

Join 1/2" lightweight light blue and neon green webbing in center to make 1" wide strap, top with 3/4 lightweight orange webbing. This combination uses 1" hardware.

Follow instructions for construction below to the right, Classic Collar Tutorial.


Collar Strap with fabric or trim added
to the lightweight webbing will add enough thickness for the hardware to hold adjustment. Here is a link to the tutorial for adding fabric or trim. Add Fabric or Trim 

Collar Strap made using lightweight cotton fabric and iron-on interfacing. 
Fabric Collar Strap Tutorial


MATERIALS NEEDED


Webbing cut to size from chart below or finished collar strap.

Collar hardware in size to match strap.

All hardware on this website is listed to coordinate with the same size webbing.
1" hardware fits 1" webbing.

Links to supplies available on this site.

Webbing
Collar Refill Sets

 


Classic Collar Tutorial

These instructions are for a webbing collar, but can be used with any finished collar strap such as the cotton strap in the finished collar at right.

1. Cut webbing to desired size. Suggested sizes in chart below. Chart

2. To prevent fraying, fuse cut ends of webbing by passing the webbing several times through flame of a lit candle. (For fringe end finish, fuse only one end of collar strap.) Hold webbing just above the flame in the heat glow to prevent a heavily melted, charred area. Properly fused area will be a little stiff, but no longer fraying.

 

3. Thread fused end of strap through adjuster buckle. Up through far slot and down through the other.



4. Stitch, forming a box with an X. Stitch each line at least twice for strength.

5. Making sure strap is same side up as in photo above.

Thread strap up through one slot (of double end of side release buckle) and down through the other as shown in the photo below. Side release buckle will be right side up.

 

 

6. Thread strap back through adjuster buckle.

 

7. Thread strap through other side of side release buckle. Add D ring as shown. (use split ring and bell for cat collar) (leave D off for litter collars)



Use top threading illustration for fused finish collar.

Use threading illustration on bottom for fringe finish collar.

 

8. Stitch as directed in Step 4. Stitch several rows close to D ring if desired.

9. Finish shown with fringe end. Can also be finished with plain fused end.

    MATERIALS NEEDED


Webbing cut to size from chart below.

Breakaway collar hardware in size to match strap.

All hardware on this website is listed to coordinate with the same size webbing.
1" hardware fits 1" webbing.

Links to supplies available on this site.

Breakaway buckles
Black Slides
Colored Slides
Lightweight Webbing

 

Litter Marking Collar Instructions  

 Remember, collar safety is YOUR responsibility. Only you can determine the suitability of these collars for your pet and individual situation. Beautiful handmade collars are meant for light use, not to restrain strong powerful animals.  

Choose either the 1/4 or 3/8 breakaway buckle.

Choose 3/8 lightweight webbing for 1/4 buckle.

Choose 3/8 or 1/2 lightweight webbing for 3/8 buckle.

Follow instructions steps above for basic collar, leaving D ring off of collar at Step 7. Follow fused end threading instructions. 

Transparent polyester thread has been used to construct the items. Nylon thread is not recommended as it can yellow and become brittle over time. Zig-zag stitching was used to join the rows of paracord, side by side. Coordinating or contrasting thread would also be attractive.  


MATERIALS NEEDED

Webbing cut to size from chart below or finished collar strap.

Cat collar hardware.

All hardware on this website is listed to coordinate with the same size webbing.
1" hardware fits 1" webbing.

Links to supplies available on this site.

Webbing
Cat Collar Refill Sets


Cat Collar Instructions

Follow instruction steps above for basic collar, substituting bell on split ring for the D ring at Step 7. Use threading illustration for chosen end finish.

Cat collars can be made with lightweight webbing or finished collar strap as shown.

Collar Strap Chart Collar strap length   
Suggested collar width in parenthesis coordinates with hardware size listed on this site. (example: 5/8 hardware fits 5/8 strap) Cut webbing to measurement. Or substitute finished collar strap. Fits Neck Sizes (approximately)
Litter ID collars 
(1/4 or 3/8 wide)
10 inches  4 to 7 inches 
Cat or Mini Dog Collar
(3/8 wide) 
16 inches  7 to 11 inches 
Extra Small
(1/2 or 5/8 wide)
18 inches 8 to 12 inches
Small
(5/8 wide)
22 inches 10 to 15 inches 
Medium
(3/4 wide)
26 inches 12 to 19 inches 
Large
(1" wide)
32 inches 15 to 24 inches 
Extra Large
(1" wide)
36 inches 17 to 29 inches 
1.5 & 2" Wide Collar Choose length to match desired neck size.
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Remember, collar safety is YOUR responsibility. Only you can determine the suitability of these collars for your pet and individual situation. Beautiful handmade collars are meant for light use, not to restrain strong powerful animals.