If you haven’t had a chance to see today’s earlier post about the Malibu Wedding Workshop & Styled shoot we had this past Saturday, go check it out!
So now you know I made this flower collar for Quinley because we used her as a model in the workshop.
Having pets, (especially dogs), included as part of the wedding and engagement process is becoming more popular than ever. With that and maybe other special times where we humans might like to spiff up our fur-babies with something pretty to match the occasion, I thought I’d share how I put this little cutie together. And since everyone in attendance at the workshop and everyone who saw her wearing it asked how I made it, I’m assuming this will be a popular DIY 😉
Here’s our baby Quinley and The Hubby
Isn’t she such a cutie?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own flower collar
Heavy cotton or canvas fabric
Sewing machine or Stitch Witchery
Ribbon or fabric
Step 1: Use your dog’s collar as the base of the flower collar. If you want, you can use or purchase a new one so you don’t have to worry about pulling the fabric over the tags. PS…the reason I decided to make a sheath like this to go over Quinley’s collar is so we could have something sturdy underneath with the ability to leash her if we needed to.
Step 2: Cut the fabric about the same length as your collar. In the end you’ll want it to be a little shorter than the collar itself so you don’t have trouble snapping or connecting the collar together
Step 3: Fold over the ends about 1/4 of an inch and sew, glue or iron on some Stitch Witchery
Step 4: Fold the right sides of the fabric together lengthwise and sew, glue or iron together with Stitch Witchery
Step 5: Turn sheath right side out and slide it over your dog’s collar
Step 6: Cut a petal pattern out of a thick piece of paper, (ie…paper bag or an envelope). Sizes here are going to vary depending on how big you want the flower and of course how big your dog is. A giant flower like I made here for my 70 lb dog would never work for a 15 lb dog. So you’ll just have to use your best judgement in sizing.
Step 7: Cut two pieces of fabric for one petal
Step 8: Put the two pieces of fabric together, right sides together
Step 9: And stitch, glue or iron with Stitch Witchery all the way around the outside of the petal leaving the bottom open to pull the petal right side out.
Step 10: Turn petal right side out, pin two folds in the bottom like pictured below and stitch together
Step 11: Again, your button size is going to depend on the size of your petals. I’m using big petals, so my button is big as well. For this step you’ll want to cut some stuffing to the same size as the face of your button of choice
Step 12: Then cut a piece of fabric about an inch or so wider all the way around the button face
Step 13: Use some fabric glue to secure your fabric and stuffing to the back of the button. Make sure it’s secure and tight like the one shown below
Step 14: Now glue your six stitched petals in an overlapping fashion to the back side of the fabric covered button
Step 15: Next, cut a piece of extra fabric or ribbon to make a piece to slide the flower onto your collar sheath. FYI…you want to make it tight enough to hold the flower in place, but not so tight you won’t be able to slide the flower on. Given all dogs, collars and the bow you are making are different sizes…this is going to be a bit of a testing game to get just right. But once you get it, you’re good to go!
Step 16: Use the piece you just made to slide the flower onto the sheath covered collar
And presto…a cute flower collar for your fur baby 🙂
Ah…and doesn’t she look so cute!
Thanks to Jessica Frey for sending me gorgeous shot of Quinley below!
If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for stopping by!