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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. 

The Basic Collar Tutorial instructions are designed for use with a heavy weight webbing when using 1/2 and larger collar hardware shown on this site. The lightweight webbing used alone will not hold adjustment. Here are ideas for suitable collar straps.

Paracord Webbing Combination Collar Strap Ideas lots of beautiful examples of collar straps with detailed descriptions of the materials used. Collar Strap Ideas

 

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


Finished collar strap or webbing cut to size from chart below.

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.

Paracord
Collar Refill Sets


Basic Collar Tutorial

These instructions are for a webbing collar, but can be used with any finished collar strap.

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 threading illustration on left for fused finish collar. Use threading illustration on right for fringe finish collar.

 

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

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

 

    MATERIALS NEEDED


Webbing cut to size from chart below.

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. 

All paracord projects shown are made with paracord that has had the inner strings removed.    
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

For cat collar, two 16" lengths paracord.

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.

Paracord
Cat Collar Refill Sets


Cat Collar Instructions

For cat collar, pull inner cords out of paracord lengths and discard. Place paracord lengths side by side. Hold lengths of paracord together, stitch leaving 1/2" free on one end.

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

Cat collars can be made with lightweight webbing or paracord as shown.


MATERIALS NEEDED

For leash, cut 2 paracord lengths the desired finished length, plus 6" for handle fold over.

For mini collar, two 16" lengths paracord.

Mini dog collar hardware.

Small snap hook.

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.

Paracord
Collar Refill Sets
Snap hooks


Mini Collar and Leash Set Instructions

For mini collar, pull inner cords out of paracord lengths and discard. Place paracord lengths side by side. Hold lengths of paracord together, stitch leaving 1/2" free on one end.

Follow instruction steps above for basic collar. At step 7 use threading illustration for fringe finish collar.



For leash, pull inner cords out of paracord lengths and discard. Stitch two lengths together leaving 1/2" free on each end.

Fold one end down 6" for handle and stitch. Fold other end over snap hook and stitch. Fringe ends.

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) Any desired style strap. See section below for suggestions. 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
(3/8 or 1/2 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" Collar add-on Instructions     
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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.