How to Customize a Dog Collar!

August 11, 2011 in Projects

Recently a friend of mine told me how her little dog Snickers needed a new collar.  She wanted to try to find him a collar that he could wear and that she wouldn’t have to worry about him getting his dog tag caught and him getting hurt.  Snickers is micro chipped, but she still wanted her contact information available so that if he did get loose, he could be returned quickly. 

It is really easy to personalize a pre-made collar and they make great gifts.

  1. Measure the dog’s (or cat’s) neck and purchase a collar to fit.  A solid collar works best for this project.  If you are unable to measure the pet, you may use the following measurements as a guide.

Size                          Neck Size and Breed Examples

Extra Small       6″ – 11:  i.e.: Cats, Yorkie, Chihuahua, and Puppies

Small                 10″ – 15”  i.e.: Shih-tzu, Pug, Boston Terrier, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Lhasa Apso,
Poodle, Schnauzer, Westie

Medium             12″ – 18”  i.e.: Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dalmatian, Pug, Springer Spaniel

Large                 15″ – 24”  i.e.: Basset, Boxer, Bulldog, Collie, Doberman, German Shepard, Labrador

Extra Large       17″ – 29”  i.e.: Greyhound, Mastiff, Great Dane, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard

  1. Using your embroidery software, such as Letter Works, or your machine embroidery alphabet create the embroidery design for the collar.  When designing your collar all capital letters and a thin font work best.  My over all size for Snickers collar was 4 5/16” x 5/16”, I used a collar that was ½” wide.
  2. If possible adjust the collar to fit, and mark the best placement of the information.
  3. Select a polyester thread that will give a high contrast to your collar and a 14 – 18 sharp titanium needle (select your needle to the weave density of the collar, the tighter the weave the heavier the needle, I used a 16).
  4. For an easy placement and alignment, draw lines on a heavy weight tear-away stabilizer ½” to 1” away with a pen or pencil.  Spray a double layer of spray adhesive on your stabilizer and then hoop your stabilizer, aligning the drawn lines with the markings on your hoop.
  5. Embroider your collar, using the lowest embroidery speed possible.  If you were not able to check the placement on the collar, make your best guess, I started about 1” from the D-ring.
  6. Embroider the collar, tear away the excess stabilizer and clip threads.
  7. To finish, just put the collar on your dog and start taking pictures!

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