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Sew Your Own Dog Collar Cover

Home sewing fans know the satisfaction of making their own fashions. Now you can doll up your dog with the leftover fabric remnants, and set out in matching style!

Embellishment is the key word for high-end handmade dog clothes, so download Penny Sanford’s easy free pattern and sew a variety of these slip-on bandana scarf or tube-type covers… then decorate them up to be one-of-a-kind works of wearable art.

Your dog may not go out of his way to thank you, but this could be a wonderful fun project to do with a young pet-lover, if you have a young friend who wants to learn how to sew or do embroidery, etc., over the summer holidays. (And don’t skimp on the sequins!)

Now all I’ve got to do is figure out a variation on this pattern to dress up my greyhound’s martingale style collar that slips over the dog’s head in one piece instead of unbuckling…

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  • Ann 2008/07/08, 12:46 pm

    Wow…what a nice cool way to make dog collar cover. Fun and economical too. My son’s dog will be very very fashionable. Thanks.

  • Pat 2009/01/11, 4:09 pm

    My daughter took her GSD out looking for a lost corgi pup who got scared on a trail and bolted in a panic (he’s found, fine and much more obedient after 3 days out in -40) and Storm lost one of her boots. I have lots of fleece scraps so we used your pattern to cut out 5 new ones but while I was looking at your instructions, I noticed your collar cover. I had been thinking of something on this line (my basenji has a ‘houdini’ like most sighthounds so I make slip over the head safety choke collars for her as well and wondered if you had perfected your cover? Velcro? Pat

  • domestika 2009/01/11, 7:23 pm

    Pat, I’m so glad the little corgi was found – and what a blessing he was fine, after being lost in that kind of cold temperature! I’m also glad to hear that you were able to use my dog boots pattern to get Storm fitted back up with winter footwear.

    Sounds like your Basenji and my Greyhound wear pretty much the same kind of collar, which of course makes a problem for a slip-on dog collar cover, since it doesn’t unfasten to open up flat…

    Velcro is the best I’ve been able to come up with for a collar cover – it folds over the collar instead of slipping on, and then the velcro holds the two halves together (don’t know if that’s clear? It’s a bit like this one) but I’m not really happy with that solution because the velcro makes it just a bit too bulky.

    Another way to go might be with vertical strips of velcro (sort of like this idea, which is a collar made to cover a prong collar – and don’t get me started on those horrid things!) but I haven’t tried that method yet.

    Casey’s martingale collars are starting to show their age, and it would be nice for him to be able to “dress up” a bit when we go somewhere special… Let me know if you come up with anything?

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