Dog Collar Slipcover Tutorial

Use fabric to decorate your pet’s existing collar!

My fur-baby, Ramsey, has a few old collars that could use a bit of a facelift. Since I hate tossing items that can be re-purposed, I figured out how easy it is to cover them with cute and fashionable fabrics. I can even make some that go with the upcoming holiday or celebratory occasion. The tutorial below details how to make a fabric wrap that goes AROUND your pet’s existing collar! It is super simple to make and you can use fabric scraps you may already have in your stash. The BEST part – there’s no need to purchase hardware or buckles for this collar slipcover! Follow this simple tutorial and you’ll end up making one for every occasion for your pooch, kitty or other collar-wearing critter.



  • One pet collar with plastic buckle, adjusted to fit your pet.
  • Fusible Interfacing (affiliate)
  • Fabric (4 times the existing collar’s width and 1″ longer then it’s length)
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Sewing Supplies


  1. With the buckle open, measure the length of your existing collar. Do not include the length of the two plastic buckle pieces, just measure the nylon strap. Add 1″ to this length and this will be the length of your fabric.
  2. Measure the width of your collar and add 1/4″ (to accommodate the width of your adjustment buckle) then triple this amount. This will determine the width of your fabric. Ramsey’s collar was 1″ wide so my cut fabric measured 3 3/4″ wide.
  3. Fold and iron down 1/2″ of fabric on the ends of each of your fabric. iron-dog-collar-wrap
  4. Sew with 1/4″ seam
  5. Fold your fabric in half with the right side in. It should match the length of your existing collar.
  6. Cut your interfacing so it is the length of your collar wrap up to your stitching. The width will be 1/3 of your fabric width. Place the interfacing along the folded side of your fabric. Iron the interfacing onto your collar wrap according to the directions. iron-interfacing-onto-dog-c
  7. On the inside of your fabric, mark the location where you want your leash ring to poke through. You will make a button hole for the width of your leash ring. mark-button-hole-on-dog-col
  8. IMPORTANT: UNFOLD YOUR FABRIC and follow your sewing machine’s instructions for creating a button hole along the line you drew. If you aren’t familiar with making buttonholes, practice on a few scrap pieces.  sew-button-hole-on-collar-w
  9. Once you create a button hole and snip the fabric inside the hole, make sure you can slip your leash ring through it.buttonhole-for-leash
  10. Sew together the length with a 1/2″ seam allowance (if this appears too loose on your collar, you can easily stitch a 5/8″ seam allowance without ripping out the seam). sew-length-of-collar-wrap
  11. Turn your collar slipcover right side-out and iron the wrap. Slide your collar through the slipcover and slip your leash ring through the button hole.
  12. Be impressed at how easy, adorable AND inexpensive this decorative collar slipcover is for your favorite pet!close-up-dog-wearing-collar

Now where should I take Ramsey now that he’s all dressed up? Pin this and save it so you can make one now AND more later!Pet Collar Slipcover tutorial for cats and dogs! Use fabric scraps to fancy up an old collar and dress them up for special occasions!


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  1. Easy, yet adorable way to allow my “baby boy” to celebrate any holiday with us. Thank you!

    I always have to ask myself, “Now why didn’t I think of that???” LOL

  2. Hi.I’m so happy to find your blog and this project on Pinterest. Just want to personally thank you and let you know that I featured this project on my blog in my “Perfect Dog Collars for Your Best Furry Friend” post.

    Here it is,

    Please let me know if I missed something or if you want to change and add information about your blog and projects.


    P.s. Love your branding! I’m a new fan. 🙂

  3. I know this is really late and I probably won’t get a replay, but fingers crossed. I was just wondering about the purpose of the fusible interfacing. I’m not at all crafty with a sewing machine, but this looks to be a simple enough project. I’m just not familiar with the fusible interfacing. Does it stiffen the fabric? Does it hold the cover to the old collar better? Would it be an option to forgo this step? Comments and advice are appreciated.

  4. Hi Samantha! You are right that the interfacing stiffens the fabric slipcover. It prevents the cover from bunching up when your pup moves around. I haven’t made one without the interfacing, so I can’t say if it is a good idea to skip this step. Although, it probably isn’t difficult to iron some on AFTER it is made if you find the cover bunching up without the interfacing. Go ahead and give it a try. You can also make one with a stiffer fabric. Share your finished project with us – we’d love to see it!

    • So I did try to make the cover without the interfacing…and it didn’t work. It just bunched up with every movement and just got annoying. Good thing I made it with scrap fabric and wasn’t too worried about it. Always good to make a sample first.

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