Today’s DIY is extra special (and extra cute)! Here’s how to make rolled fabric or ribbon rosettes and how to use them to make DIY flower dog collar decorations. Make one for Valentine’s Day or pin this to your future crafting list for including your dog in an upcoming wedding or special event. It is easier than you might think, and there are sew and no-sew options depending on your preferences.
Making a Homemade Rosette DIY Flower Dog Collar Attachment
Supplies and Materials
To make a DIY rolled ribbon/fabric rosette dog collar like the one shown here, you will need:
- Fabric and/or ribbon
- Low-temperature hot melt glue gun and glue sticks
- Green felt (optional)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- General cutting / sewing supplies (optional)
Making Rolled Fabric and Ribbon Rosette Flowers
Choosing and preparing materials for making rosettes:
Rosettes can be made using any long narrow strips of material. The wider/thicker your fabric or ribbon, the larger the petals will seem in the finished flower. Thicker materials will “fatten up” into a broad rosette faster than with a thinner ribbon. Very thin ribbons, like chiffon, take a much longer length to achieve the same size flower as fabric or thick satin ribbon.
- Choose your fabric/ribbon materials and cut strips to size. See above.
- Optional for fabric: As shown in the gingham example below, if you want to avoid visible cut-edges (edges can be nice in rustic styles) in your rosette, you can fold the edged inwards to meet in the middle and fold in half, like making a binding. This creates to make a “ribbon” strip of thicker and more finished looking fabric. For extra security, you can sew the strip.
- Optional for ribbon: If your ribbon is prone to fraying, you can carefully seal the ends with a lighter (synthetics) or apply fray stop. Alternatively, you can always tidy-up the ends after completion if/as needed.
Making a rolled rosette:
- Tie a knot at one end of the strip. Some people prefer to start with a fold at the center, but I prefer a knot. It’s easy, gives a nice firm centre to build on, and keeps the starting end on the bottom for later trim and cover.
- Twist/fold the strip away from you, and then wrap/roll it around the centre. This is what creates the illusion of petals as you build the rosette. The tighter the twist, the flatter the flower, the tighter the roll, the tighter the rosebud. All to personal taste!
- Repeat the twist-and-roll motion, periodically securing as you go. I use a little dab of low-temp hot glue hidden behind the roll, but you can stitch if you prefer. Careful – low-temp is still hot!
- When you are near the end of the ribbon or have reached your target size, fold the ribbon towards the bottom of the rose and secure it in place.
- Trim the ends if/as needed.
Tip: If this is a new crafting technique for you, I recommend practising a few times with a length of ribbon to get the feel for the motion, restarting if/as needed. It can be a little confusing at first, but suddenly it starts to feel second nature and the rose starts to take shape. Once you’re comfortable, THEN start making your flowers in earnest, securing as you go.
Making a Flower Dog Collar Decoration with Rosettes
You can finish off the bottom of your single rosette by gluing on a little circle of felt to hide the ends and pretty things up, if you wish. You can also get fancy and embellish the rosettes with leaves, rhinestones, etc. For our collar decoration arrangement as shown:
- In complimentary colours, create three rosebuds: one large, one medium, and one small.
- Cut a small piece of complimentary felt and place it on a firm flat surface.
- Glue the underside of the flowers to the felt, taking care to tuck under any ribbon ends and ensure the roses are positioned tightly together. Take care, low-temp glue is still hot!
Trim your felt if needed.
- Optional: Add a few stitches to ensure the rosettes are firmly secured to each other and the felt backing. If you wish, when you are ready to add your attachments, you can add a second layer of felt to cover your stitching for a fully-finished appearance on the back.
- Optional: Cut leaves from green felt. Glue them into the gaps in your rosette arrangement. We made them heart-shaped (just because!) and added a few veins with green fabric pen.
- Add collar attachments to suit your needs. See tips below.
Options for Attaching the Flower Decoration to a Dog Collar
The best method of attachment for accessories depends on your flair and your dog. For a simple lightweight decoration, attaching a little loop of elastic that can be slipped over the collar works nicely for most pets. Larger pieces (like this wider decoration) may need several loops of firm elastic or wide Velcro. For an all-around collar or to make sure that things stay in place for a very special event or with an extra active pup, you may even prefer to sew the flowers to a matching collar slide or directly onto the collar.
Good behaviour to go with the good looks is not guaranteed. You can use any attachment method you wish, but make sure that it is secure. Accessories are for special occasions with you present, just in case. Safety is always more important than style.