Toony joined our family 4 years ago when we adopted her from the local Humane Society. She is quite a character and brings us endless joy. As she is no ordinary pooch, she deserves a collar befitting her ladyship. Inspired by the history of the Pearly
Kings and Queens of London, I made her this pearly collar using buttons from my stash. It makes a great gift for the canine lover on your gift list.
You will need:
- dog collar with plastic clip, not buckle, and sized for your pooch
- assorted pearl buttons
- Nymo or other beading thread
- sewing needle (sharp or milliners)
- matches or lighter
1. Fit the collar to your dog, adjusting the nylon strap as necessary.
2. Cut an arm's length of Nymo and thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end. Use a match to melt back the tail of the knot.
This will secure the knot and prevent it from coming undone.
3. Stitch the buttons along the collar. As I used a narrow collar made for small dogs, I stitched a single row of dress shirt
buttons. If you have a Great Dane, your collar's width will be wider and will require 2-3 lines of pearl buttons to cover it.
4. When you have finished sewing the buttons in place, tie a knot on the back of the collar. Clip the thread and use a match to melt back the knot's tail.