After looking at so many cute pictures on Instagram of cats dressed up for Fall, I decided to make something nice for my Sophie. Like any other cat owner I always wish I could put something cute on her. Although she doesn’t always like to dress up, this simple collar I made for her was great. It was small enough that is wasn’t annoying her, yet it was still very lovely. To my surprise, she left it on and didn’t mess with it at all. Success!
Figuring out how to make a collar for her was very fun. It took a couple of tries, but I finally created a simple design that would go great with Fall. Not to mention I was able to use a few of the Fall crafting tools I had left over from other projects.~
- Fall Stripped Shimmering Ribbon
- 2 Felt Fall Leaves (2-3 inches in length)
- Wooden Button (2cm/.75in in diameter)
- Needle and Thread
- Glue Gun
- Measuring Tape
Please watch the video for more detailed directions.
- First, measure around your cat’s neck leaving some space so that the collar won’t be too tight. You can also use an old collar for reference. Next, measure that same amount in ribbon and add three extra inches. Fold the ribbon over to have double the amount and cut at the end. Use the ribbon you just cut to measure out another section of the same size. you now have 2 ribbons of the same length.
- Layer the two ribbons together on top of each other, end to end. Fold in half. At this center fold, start twisting the ribbons together to form a loop. Measure the button against the loop to make sure it can fit through it. Give the loop a twist and take two sections of ribbon from the back to tie a knot securing the loop.
- Next divide the ribbons into three sections. The middle section should have two strands of ribbon together. Braid the three sections. When you are finished, the center section containing the two strands should be longer than the two outer sections.
- Fold the middle section over itself and secure it with glue. Wrap the two outer sections over and also glue together.
- Once the glue dries, sew the button to the flat end of the collar we just created. Secure the button with 2 or 3 knots.
- Arrange the two leaves near the button and in a way that won’t be intrusive for your cat. Glue them down to the collar.
- Let collar dry completely before using.
| Note: For this project I am using ribbon with wired edges. However, if you know that your kitty is the type to bite and chew on their collars, then I wouldn’t recommend using this type of ribbon. If at some point they bite off a piece of the ribbon, it could be very harmful to them if swallowed. Try using cloth ribbon instead.
For this as well as any other pet accessory, always have your pet’s personality in mind. Don’t do anything that will annoy or otherwise anger them. If they don’t feel comfortable wearing something like this, then don’t force them to.