Nope. I’ve been feeling the itch to sew but couldn’t decide which blouse to make so I bought some Christmas fabric. My intention was to make something crafty. I know how to sew now, right? I need to use it to be one of those crafty Pinterest people, don’t I? My first thought was making these ornaments. I still think they’re adorable but my husband (the Christmas Tree dictator) would never put them up.
In the meantime (as I procrastinated) both of my sisters-in-law rescued dogs. I also found the Christmas collar below I bought last year for Sadie. It is really cute but just a tad too tight and too small to be seen under all her fur. I figured out a way to replicate it for Sadie, Rylie and Fitzy. It took a couple of tries before I got just enough ruffle and big enough to see on Sadie. Once I did, it only took about 20-30 minutes to do each one. That’s only because it takes a bit of time to turn it right side out. I struggled with a way to close the circle and still not see the stitching once it’s right side out. I’m sure there’s a way but I didn’t worry about it too much. It was for a dog!
The inspiration collar:
I did buy felt to make flowers but decided against it in the end.
Do you like the lovely sculpture it’s hanging on? That “L is for loser” was my white elephant gift for our party last weekend. Can you believe the lucky recipient secretly left it at our house (in our microwave!)?
Here’s how to make the collar:
Measure your dog’s neck. Sadie’s is 21”. To make it really gathered, you want the strip at least 3 times the neck measurement (more if you can). I was using quilting cotton so I used a full width and half (roughly 45” + 22”). For Riley (13”) pictured at the top I just used one length.
I wanted it wider than the green example above so I cut each strip 5” wide. After making them, I think for dogs with short hair (like Riley above and Fitzy below) it might look better more narrow. I made theirs wide and it sticks out a lot.
Attach one end of the elastic to one end of the tube with a safety pin. With a safety pin attached to the other end of the elastic to make it easier to grab, feed it through the casing. When the elastic is all the way through overlap by about an inch or two and sew. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it just needs to be secure.
You’re done! Now put it on your pup and see how festive he/she looks!