Monday, 7 April 2014

DIY: Leather Cat Collar

I'm one of those cat owners who only wants the best for my furry friend. And the best includes looking stylish too. We live in a complex so there are plenty of other cats around and tons of places for Mr. Max to wander off to, so for us a collar is a must (plus he's microchipped too). All the collars i have tried in the past end up being fluffy from being scratched or licked by kitty. Long story short they look awful so I decided to make him a stylish leather one. Here's how you can make one for your fur baby at home...

You will need:

- scraps of leather (preferably something softish)
- buckle
- solid dee
- rivets
- steel ruler
- scissors
- hole punch (I used my paper one as my leather was on the thinner side)
- cutting mat
- marker
- hammer
- blade (optional - depending on the leather you choose)

Here's a close up of the "findings" you will need. Ask around in your leather or craft store for ones in the size you need depending on how wide you want your collar and the thickness of your leather scrap.

Step 1: Measure the length of leather you need by measuring an existing collar. Remember to add an extra 80mm to allow for attaching the buckle. You can always trim this back afterwards if need be.

Step 2: Draw out the strip you will need on the "wrong" side of your leather.

Step 3: Cut out your strip using scissors.

Step 4: Thread your strip through your solid dee, leave about a fingers space and then thread on your buckle. Make sure you have about 30mm sticking out of your buckle on the side opposite your dee. This part will get folded back to fasten your rivets onto.
*Note: I removed the "pin" from my buckle so that if my kitty gets stuck in a tree the collar will slip loose and undo itself.

Step 5: Punch a hole through the front face of the strip about 5mm away from your dee and another in between your dee and your buckle.

Step 6: Fold back the excess piece of strip and mark your fastening holes through the original holes with a marker. Once you have finished marking the position of your holes, punch them out.

Step 7: With your leather folded over so your holes line up insert the post end of the rivet from the back and clip on the cap. Hammer into place. Now repeat on the other hole.

And there you have it...a really easy kitty collar. Quite the difference right?!

Happy leather-working!

P.S: You don't have a cat or a dog? Why not use the tutorial to make some cute bracelets for yourself!


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