Make Your Own Dog Collars with Wholesale Webbing

Metal buckle

I don’t know about yours, but my dog goes through collars like some people go through tissues. New collars don’t seem so expensive when you only need one every year or two, but they can really start to add up if you have to replace them frequently. The good news is that as long as you save all the metal hardware from the broken ones, you can make your own!

What You Need:

  • Nylon webbing, polypropylene webbing, or cotton webbing
  • Scissors
  • A D ring
  • A slide lock and plastic snap hook (scavenged off an old collar)
  • Sewing machine
  • Flexible measuring tape

The Process:

  1. Measure your dog’s neck. If it’s between 16 and 20 inches long, cut a 26-inch piece of webbing. If it’s between 20 and 24 inches, cut a 32-inch piece of webbing.
  2. Thread the webbing through the slide lock, leaving about two inches of for sewing. Sew two seams, up and down, across the webbing, and triple stitch them using the reverse button on your machine.
  3. With the fold of the webbing facing out, thread it through the side of the snap that has the single slot. Make sure the curve of the snap is facing downward.
  4. Run the webbing through the D ring, then through the first and second slots of the other side of the snap. Adjust it to allow three inches of the webbing to be sewn and move the D ring between the two pieces of webbing.
  5. Take the snap apart and sew a seam as close to it as possible. Again, triple stitch it using your reverse button.
  6. Slide the D ring over so that it’s close to the last seam you sewed. Sew the two seams, making sure the snap of the collar is facing to the left.
  7. Enjoy your fancy new collar!

A Quick Tip About Finding Webbing

Wholesale strapping tends to be rather inexpensive, and it even comes in plenty of colors and patterns. I highly recommend buying in bulk, especially if you plan on making a lot of collars. Some places that sell webbing also sell plastic and metal hardware, so you might even be able to get everything fairly inexpensively in one place.

Making your own dog collars is cheap and easy, especially after you’ve made a few and gotten the hang of the process. Next time your pup needs a new collar, don’t pay expensive retail prices. They’re much easier to make than most people realize.

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