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a dog's life.

Show your furry friend how much you care by making him a personalized dog collar. This quick-and-easy project makes a great gift for a dog lover.

Collar

MATERIALS

+ 1"-wide nylon or polypropylene webbing (length determined by neck circumference)

+ 5/8"-wide grosgrain ribbon (length determined by neck circumference)

+ Self-adhesive tear-away stabilizer

+ 1" side-release buckle (See "Sources.")

+ 1" slip lock buckle (See "Sources.")

+ 1" D-ring (See "Sources.")

+ Thread: all-purpose & embroidery

+ Removable fabric marker

+ Seam sealant or butane lighter

+ Built-in embroidery font (less than 1/2" tall)

PREPARE

* Measure the dog's neck circumference, and then add 10" to the measurement; record. Cut the webbing according to the measurement. Cut the ribbon 1/2" shorter than the webbing.

* If you aren't sure of the exact neck circumference, a 28" collar typically fits a medium to large dog.

* Apply seam sealant to the webbing raw ends or carefully melt the ends using a butane lighter to prevent fraying.

EMBROIDER

* Select a built-in font that's no larger than 1/2" tall. Choose the necessary letters to spell out the dog's name. Print a template of the design to measure the height, if necessary.

* Place the ribbon right side up on a flat work surface. Measure 9" from the ribbon left edge to denote the design beginning; mark using a removable fabric marker. Consider the name length to make adjustments in the design placement, as necessary.

* Hoop a piece of self-adhesive tear-away stabilizer. Score the stabilizer and tear it away inside the hoop to expose the adhesive. Position the ribbon over the adhesive, centering the mark within the hoop; finger-press to secure. If the name is long, position the mark closer to the hoop lower edge.

* Baste the design perimeter. Embroider the design, clipping jump threads as necessary (A). Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the ribbon from the hoop; gently tear away the stabilizer.

CONSTRUCT

* Place the webbing on a flat work surface. Center the ribbon right side up over the webbing; pin. Edgestitch the ribbon perimeter through both layers.

* Insert the collar right edge through the slip lock buckle at A and back down at B (B). Pull the collar through the slip lock, leaving a 2" tail.

* Fold the tail toward the collar with wrong sides together. Stitch a 1" square through all layers just beyond the buckle. Stitch an X inside the square for added reinforcement.

* With the collar wrong side up, insert the collar left edge through the side-release buckle at B and back down at A (C).

* Insert the collar tail back through the slip lock buckle at B, and then down through at A; pull through (D).

* Slip the D-ring onto the collar, and then slide the collar through the side release buckle.

* Fold the remaining tail 2" toward the collar with wrong sides together, sandwiching the D-ring between the webbing layers (E). Stitch a 1" square through all layers just beyond the buckle. Stitch an X inside the square for added reinforcement (F).

Tip

Wide webbing works well for large dogs, while narrow webbing is better for small dogs. Adjust the webbing width depending on the dog size.

Leash

Make a matching leash to walk your dog in style.

MATERIALS

+ 1"- to l 1/2"-wide nylon or polypropylene webbing (length varies)

+ 1/2" square-eye snap hook (See "Sources.")

+ Thread: all-purpose & embroidery

+ Removable fabric marker

+ Seam sealant or butane lighter (optional)

PREPARE

* Cut an 80"-long piece of webbing for a medium- to large-size dog and a 70"-long piece of webbing for a small dog.

* Apply seam sealant to the webbing raw ends or carefully melt the ends using a butane lighter to prevent fraying.

CONSTRUCT

* Place the webbing wrong side up on a flat work surface. Fold one webbing end 8" to the wrong side.

* Stitch a 1" square through both layers along the webbing end. Stitch an X inside the square for added reinforcement.

* Insert the snap end at the leash end opposite the loop. Fold the end 2" to the wrong side. Stitch a 1" square through both layers along the webbing end, making sure the snap end is inside the loop. Stitch an X inside the square for added reinforcement.

SOURCES

Creative Designworks, LLC carries D-rings, side-release buckles, slip lock buckles and square-eye snap hooks: cdwplus.com.

Strapworks.com provided the webbing:strapworks.com.

Sulky of America provided the stabilizer: sulky.com.
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Author:Johnson, Jessica
Publication:Creative Machine Embroidery
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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