The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Your Own Cat Collar

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Your Own Cat Collar

Are you looking for a way to show your cat some extra love and care? Look no further! In this guide, we will walk you through the process of creating a homemade cat collar that is not only stylish but also safe for your furry friend. Let’s get started!

The Special Connection

We all have that one pet with whom we share a unique bond. For me, it’s Tiger, my cat. I found him as a stray during my graduate school days, and he has been by my side ever since. Tiger may be mischievous at times, but he always manages to brighten my day and lift my spirits. Naturally, taking good care of him has become a top priority for me.

A Natural Approach

Tiger suffers from an unknown allergy that causes mouth ulcers and hair loss. As a concerned pet parent, I wanted to find a solution that didn’t involve relying solely on medication. After consulting with the veterinarian, I decided to make a homemade breakaway collar for Tiger. This way, I could ensure that the materials used were safe and free from any potential triggers. Plus, I could customize the collar to match different holidays and seasons.

Making Your Own Cat Collar

To embark on this creative project, you’ll need a few supplies on hand:

  • A sewing machine
  • 1/2 yard of interface
  • 1/2 yard of cotton fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • A breakaway buckle
  • An iron

Please note: It’s crucial to choose breakaway collars specifically designed for cats to ensure their safety. In case your cat’s collar gets caught while climbing or jumping, the breakaway mechanism will release, preventing any harm.

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Start by cutting a 2″ wide by 16″ long strip of cotton fabric. Similarly, cut a matching length of interface. Using an iron on the lowest steam setting, fuse the interface to the backside of the cotton fabric, ensuring the bold colors are on the front.

Next, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and iron it. Then, open the fabric, fold each side into the center, and crease it. Repeat the process with the ends, folding them to the inside and pressing them. Stitch two long lines close to the edges along both long sides of the fabric, securing everything in place.


Now, it’s time to attach the breakaway buckle. Thread the fabric through the bottom left side of the buckle, bringing it down through the right side. Leave approximately 1 1/4 inches of excess fabric. Stitch along the edges of the flap while creating an “X” pattern to ensure a secure fit.

Thread the free end of the fabric up through one slot in the side release buckle. Then, thread the fabric back through the adjuster buckle and up through the other slot in the side release buckle. Again, leave approximately a 1 1/4 inch flap and open the buckle. Stitch the flap using the same square and X pattern to keep it firmly in place.


To add an extra touch of charm, attach a bell to the collar using a jump ring. This not only looks adorable but also helps you keep track of your cat’s whereabouts.


A Wholesome Approach to Feline Nutrition

In addition to creating custom collars for my cats, I choose to feed Tiger Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food. This brand stands out as it is made from real recipes, real ingredients, and real food. Every bite is packed with the goodness of real chicken or seafood, and it is free from grains, glutens, fillers, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or meat/poultry by-product meal.

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Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food offers a range of options, including Zero Grain dry food like the Zero Grain Chicken and Potato recipe. This particular variant features U.S. farm-raised chicken as the main ingredient and provides essential nutrients for lean muscle mass and healthy organs.

When you want to treat your cats to something special, Nutrish® Grain Free wet food is the way to go. Just like the dry food range, these wet foods are made using only real ingredients, ensuring your cats get the nutrition they need and deserve.

What’s even better is that a portion of Rachael’s personal proceeds goes towards helping shelter pets in need through Rachael’s Rescue initiative.

You can find Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat food at various retailers, including Giant Eagle. To locate a store near you, visit the Where to Buy section of the Nutrish® website.


Crafting your own cat collar not only allows you to showcase your creativity but also ensures the safety and well-being of your beloved feline companion. Alongside this DIY project, providing your cat with high-quality, real ingredient-based nutrition, such as Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food, further emphasizes your dedication to their overall health. So, unleash your inner artist and start creating a personalized collar that your cat will adore!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NutrishCatCrafts #CollectiveBias

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