This post is part of a series featuring projects for pets from several C&T, Stash Books, and FunStitch Studio titles. Please visit the links below to see the rest of the series.
Series introduction—Stash Books blog
Project #1: Friendship Star Quilt—C&T Publishing blog
As much as I like our other dog projects, I have a soft spot for Olive’s Collar from Alexia Abegg’s Liberty Love. I love cute dog collars and Penny likes them too. (She even enjoys the clinking noise her ID tags make, weirdo that she is.) So I was really looking forward to trying out this one. Alexia uses Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics for her collar, but I wanted something different. Something bright and summery that would show up well against black fur.
Luckily, my local quilt store, Queen B’s Quilt Shop in Antioch, California, has all the cheerful fabric I could need.
In the back of the store, there’s a tub full of remnants, leftover bindings, and other random chunks of gorgeous fabric that were just the right amount for a collar. For $3.00 you can fill a Ziplock bag with anything from the tub. I’ve made something of an art of stuffing that baggie full, but I loaded up on so many pinks, yellows, teals, and purples that I accidentally ripped my bag. The owner let it slide. She’s awesome like that.
Not being able to pick just one fabric, I decided to piece three equal strips together to get the required length. (In retrospect, I should have used unequal strips—the purple mostly disappeared under the adjustable strap. Oh well, maybe next time.)
As for interfacing, Alexia’s collar uses one layer of Pellon Decor Bond, but as I mentioned in a prior post I tend to be adventurous with my interfacing and wanted to try something different. I had some spare Shape-Flex, but when I fused the first layer the collar wasn’t sturdy enough. This wasn’t supposed to be a heavy-duty, attach-a-leash-and-go-walking collar, but I did want it firm enough to grab Penny if the doorbell rang. Then I had an idea … what if I fused the interfacing to itself? ShapeFlex is fusible on one side, so I could bond it to itself and customize the firmness. Brilliant! I added another layer … and another. I ended up with four layers total. I almost broke my sewing machine needle when I had to sew the doubled-over parts, but it was perfect—almost as durable as nylon webbing, but much more stylish. I still hesitate to use it outdoors, but it’s plenty sturdy.
This is a project I would definitely do again. I think put in less money for the fabric , interfacing, and buckles than I did for Penny’s store-bought collar. And, oh, the fashion possibilities! Plus, if any cat lovers are feeling left out, this could easily turn into a custom cat collar. Just make the strip shorter and narrower. Easy peasy! You wouldn’t even need much interfacing.
Pet collars—stylish and fun to sew. Who knew?
Next is the Customizable Pet Bed from A Kid’s Guide to Sewing by Sophie Kerr with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Meanwhile, I leave you with this progression of shots from Penny’s photo shoot. I’m dangling treats over her to keep her head up. Can you guess where I was standing?