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DIY: Crochet a Dog Leash/Lead & Collar

Updated on June 4, 2014
Biscuit wearing new leash and collar
Biscuit wearing new leash and collar

Here is a fun, quick, and simple project you can do to show your four-legged friend you love them. These collars and leashes make great gifts for your pets and your friends.

It is a great project if you're just learning how to crochet--and if you already know how to crochet well, you can embellish this project anyway you like to make it even more special.

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Collar after I stitched the tail down.  Much stiffer than it was before.Collar before I stitched tail down.Biscuit enjoying the sun and extra attention.
Collar after I stitched the tail down.  Much stiffer than it was before.
Collar after I stitched the tail down. Much stiffer than it was before.
Collar before I stitched tail down.
Collar before I stitched tail down.
Biscuit enjoying the sun and extra attention.
Biscuit enjoying the sun and extra attention.

DIY Collar

- An old collar with good belting/buckling parts OR an old belt and a key ring OR buckling/belting parts and a key ring
- An old leash OR clasp to hook lead to collar
- Yarn

- crochet hook (I used one smaller than required for the yarn I was using {a F hook} so I could get a nice tight stitch that wouldn't stretch out so easily)
- yard needle
- Scissors (really tough ones that can cut through the leather or fabric you're taking your parts from)

1. Crochet your desired LENGTH for your collar. I started with length instead of width so it wouldn't stretch out as much. Remember to make it a little longer than needed so you can attach your parts. Keep your stitches tight to prevent too much stretching when it's finished. Crochet until you reach your desired width, it should fit snugly in the belt or buckle piece you're using.

(You can do a backwards single stitch edging, as described in the lead instructions below, if you want to)

2. When you're done crocheting, cut out the parts you're using for your collar. If you have loose parts, lucky you! You can skip this part.

3. Slip crochet piece through belt/buckle and fold it over so there is enough excess to attach the loop/key ring. Stitch the loop closed and the base of the buckle/belt. Go over your stitch a couple times to make sure it's safe and secure.

4. Slip the loop/key ring on to the crocheted strip. Stitch it on either side of the base so it doesn't move around. This is where you attach your lead.

5. Sew down the remainder of the excess crocheted fabric by stitching around the edges.

6. This is an optional part, but after seeing how the collar looked on Biscuit I realized I really didn't like how the tail of the collar stuck out and curled. So I folded it over and stitched that down as well. Now it's stiffer and stays out of the way.

And you're done! Enjoy your new dog collar!

Backwards Single Crochet/Crab Stitch

DIY Leash/Lead

1. Like the collar, crochet the length of your leash. Keep in mind the hand loop but don't make it too long. Even crocheting lengthwise the leash WILL start to stretch out (especially if you have a big dog like Biscuit who likes to be the boss and pull). Just be mindful.

2. I finished off by doing a backwards single crochet (see video) around the edge. I didn't do this on the collar because the rainbow colours would stick out.

3. Fold over one side of the crocheted fabric and stitch it down securely to create the handle. After I did this I embroidered Biscuit's name, but of course that's optional.

4. Cut out the clasp.

5. Loop the crocheted fabric through the clasp and stitch it down securely.

6. Stitch down the excess by stitching around the edges.

And you're done!


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      Samantha Harris 5 years ago from New York

      Awesome! Thank you!

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      agilitymach 5 years ago

      Very cute results!!! I vote this useful. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      That's cute. I will forward this to a friend who loves tinkering with stuff.

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