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I like to switch up my dog's collar every once in a while but I don't like to spend a lot of money...solution...dollar store!

I found some basic dog collars at the dollar store and upgraded them with a little bit of ribbon and an iron-on name tag.

His old name tag fell off recently (still haven't found it...), so I used what I had at home and made him an iron-on name tag that will definitely not fall off : )

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Step 1: Supplies

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Supplies Needed For The Collar:


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Binder Clips
  • Dog Collar ( I got mine for $1 at the dollar store)
  • Your Choice of Ribbon ( I only needed 25" of each collar of ribbon)
  • Thread

Supplies Needed For The Name Tag:


  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Rotary Cutter / Scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • Binder Clips
  • Canvas Fabric
  • Iron-On Paper
  • Clear Vinyl (The vinyl will help protect the name tag from getting damaged and worn)
* Modify these supplies with anything you like (printed fabric, studs, chains etc.) these are just the basics *

Step 2: Take Apart the Dog Collar

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The first step is to take apart the dog collar so you are left with just the webbing (no hooks attached)

The collar I bought was only sewn together in two places so I started by clipping the threads at one end, then pulling off all of the hooks and sliders, and finished by clipping off the remaining threads at the opposite end.

Step 3: Attach the Ribbon

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Once all of the hooks and sliders are removed, it is time to add the ribbon or trim of your choice. 

I added an extra 1" to the length of the decorative ribbon so I could fold the edges over 1/2".

Sew the ribbon to the collar using matching thread. 
spencerjl2 months ago
I'm pretty sure Toto is related to my dog...
mactothefuture (author)  spencerjl2 months ago

So cute!! Haha! Cyber cousins! : ) This guy was a rescue so I'll never know what he is for sure but definitley has the SAME look!

Roscoe was a rescue too!
mactothefuture (author)  spencerjl2 months ago

Very cool! I'm assuming he rescued you too! : )

He did! Not to bring anyone down, but I had a traumatic brain injury, was engaged, she cheated, that ended. I lost friends because of the injury, and then I rescued Roscoe. And he saved me. Someone who loves me. Not be anthropomorphic. ;)
mactothefuture (author)  spencerjl2 months ago

Gladhe found you! Pets make the best medicine! : )

spencerjl2 months ago
By the way, mine is a Jack/Rat terrier mix
brendapaw11 months ago

This is beautiful! I have been shopping for reflective collars with identification on them, never thinking that I can use my heavy duty sewing machine to do it myself. I recently found $4 black heavy duty collars at Tuesday Morning. I would love to do this. Is that reflective ribbon? It looks reflective. If it is, where did you get it?

nanaof2 brendapaw9 months ago

You can purchase reflective ribbon at JoAnn's fabric stores I haven't looked at any other stores for it , however, I'm sure they all carry it maybe even Hobby Lobby

mactothefuture (author)  brendapaw11 months ago

Thanks! Glad you liked the project : ) The bottom ribbon I used is just a metallic silver color and the top one was a bright neon with glitter, and I got both of them at Michaels. They do shine really bright but I don't think they would be visible in the dark. This website here: has some reflective ribbon and I've seen it on Ebay and Etsy too : )

jessyratfink10 months ago

This is such a great idea! Love the addition of the name tag :)

Chikpea10 months ago

Beautiful! Your dog's super cute, by the way. What breed is he? Jack Russel?

mactothefuture (author)  Chikpea10 months ago
Thanks! I'm not sure what he is, but I think he's a rat terrier : )
dscopel11 months ago

What kind of dog/dogs is Toto? Our dog is a mutt and looks a lot like yours.

mactothefuture (author)  dscopel10 months ago
He was actually a stray so I can't say for sure but I think he is a rat terrier : )
misformiche11 months ago

Nice tutorial! I did something similar. But I cross-stitched the name tag and made it a loop so I could slide it off and put it on a different collar.

muddog1511 months ago
You sir could have a heck of a business custom collars are 30+ online.

this is a great idea. I wish someone would come up with a escape-proof but safe collar for a cat. I have a cat that manages to unhook the safety snap on any collar I buy for him that has one. I have to use a XS size dog collar without a snap if I want to keep a collar on him with his rabies tag and if found call xxx-xxx-xxxx info on it. I'm just afraid that he's going to wind up strangling himself on it.

Microchipping your cat is always an option. And don't forget harnesses! My cat hated her harness at first, but she enjoys it now. Just make sure he can't slip out of it.

I make my own cat stretch collars with small dog collars bought from the dollar store all the time. Just cut the collar where you want the elastic cord, melt the ends of the collar where you cut it with a lighter so they won't fray, fold both ends of the collar over and with a needle and thread sew them closed leaving a small loop. Now through the loops pull some elastic cord through, you might need tweezers to pull it through. Tie a knot in the elastic cord, trim the ends and slide the knot into loop so it doesn't show.

Maybe a harness would do the trick.

DoctorEvil30564, how about a halter?

You can get very reflective tape in silver or red at any auto parts store. Or the auto department of a large department store. You could replace the ribbon you used with that.
Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

AndyJ11 months ago

You should approach a dog collar manufacturer with this. I'd buy one.

wicked jypsi11 months ago
You have a very good tutorial. Awesome idea, you definitely have my vote!!!!!
cjohnson1511 months ago

This is a great idea. I like things that are inexpensive, functional, and easy to make. I will definitely be making one of these for each of my dogs. Thank you for sharing this Instructable.

iluvmygirl11 months ago
WOW!!! Soooooooooooooo cooooooolllllll.....howed u get your dog to pose for u....:-). I love it!!!

This is a great idea! The iron on ID is perfect for energetic dogs who are constantly jingling their tags, haha.