How to Make a Christmas Dog Collar

We all like to dress up for the holidays, even our pets. This holly-leaf collar requires little sewing skills and costs just a few dollars to make.
By: Carla Wiking

Santa's Canine Helper

Deck your dogs with bells and holly, falalalala! Get into the holiday spirit with this fun and festive homemade dog collar. With just a few supplies and some basic sewing skills, you can create a cute and cozy holly collar.

Tools and Materials

To make a holly collar, you'll need: green felt, red fleece, 3/4" elastic, red bells and you’ll have to download this handy holly-leaf template . For a more simplified version, skip the fleece and the 3/4" elastic and use 1" red elastic instead. Other supplies include scissors, a sewing machine, needle and thread.

Determine Collar Size and Sew

Measure your dog's neck. Cut a piece of fleece that is 3 inches wide and 2 to 4 inches longer than your dog's neck. (If your dog's head is much larger than its neck, add an extra 4 inches.) For dogs such as pugs and bulldogs, and extra 2 inches is fine. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and with a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch the fabric down the length, stopping 1/2" from one end.

Turn the Seam In and Add Elastic

Turn the fleece so that the seams are inside. Usually the easiest way to do this is to clip a safety pin to one end and pull it through. Cut a piece of elastic the length of your dog's neck and thread it though the fleece tube (use a safety pin for that too).

Stitch Elastic Together

Overlap the elastic by about 1" and sew together with a zigzag stitch.

Stitch Fleece Closed

Fold the unstitched 1/2" end of the fleece back on itself to create a clean finished edge, insert the other side of the fleece into the finished edge and stitch through all layers. This will secure the elastic and close the fleece casing.

Cut Leaves

Download and print the holly-leaf template. Choose the size of your leaves and cut them out of the paper, then the green felt. Use 2 or 3 leaves for your finished design, or you can double up on the leaves for a more substantial look.

Sew the Leaves

If you double the leaves, they will need to be sewn together. Stack two cut leaves on top of each other and sew down the center. Repeat with the remaining leaves.

Attach Leaves to Collar

Hand stitch the leaves to the collar.

Add the Bells

Stitch the bells to the center of the leaves.

Wear It Well

Dress your dog and take lots and lots of fun holiday pictures.

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