DIY: Detachable Collars

We are loving the detachable collar trend. A collar can instantly add flair to a simple top, sweater or dress. The options are endless – you only need to tweak shape and material: from peter pan pearl to gold cuff to shiny or pointy rock-star-glam. While we love hitting up the shops, we thought this trend would be a perfect opportunity to infuse our own creativity in something simple, inexpensive and chic.


We decided to try a few versions of this fun and simple DIY project. The processes of making the pearl and sequin collars are quite similar, but demonstrate how varied the result can be due to changes in collar shape and materials.


Pearl collar:


Shopping list: a piece of felt, strands of pearls, goop glue or a glue gun, a needle and thread, thin ribbon, scissors and a felt tip pen.
  1. Outline the shape you want your collar to be on the felt.
  2. Fold the felt in half to cut out a symmetrical shape.
  3. Lie the felt flat and measure out the length of the pearl strands, adjusting the length to fit (tip: leave some extra space on the strand so that it will bend easily)
  4. Cut the length of ribbon in half and sew it to the ends of the felt.
  5. Apply glue to the entire surface of the felt.
  6. Press the strands of pearls into place on the glue.
  7. Use loose pearls to fill in additional spaces – this will make the collar look full.
  8. Leave to dry.
Sequin collar:


Shopping list: a piece of felt, a long length of sequins, goop glue or a glue gun, a needle and thread, thin ribbon, scissors and a felt tip pen.
  1. Outline the shape you want your collar to be on the felt.
  2. Fold the felt in half to cut out a symmetrical shape.
  3. Lie the felt flat and measure out the length of the sequin strands, adjusting the length to fit.
  4. Cut the length of ribbon in half and sew it to the ends of the felt.
  5. Apply glue to the entire surface of the felt.
  6. Press the strands of sequins into place on the glue.
  7. Use loose sequins to fill in additional space.
  8. Leave to dry.
Ribbon collar:
Shopping list: a piece of felt, a long length of thick ribbon, a needle and thread, thin ribbon, scissors and a felt tip pen.
  1. Outline a semi-circle on the felt.
  2. Fold the felt in half to cut out a symmetrical shape.
  3. Sew a piece of thin ribbon on one end of the felt.
  4. Fold the end under the thick ribbon and stitch it down at one end so that it completely covers the felt.
  5. Fold the ribbon over so that it covers the completed stitch and stitch this fold down.
  6. Continue this process until nearly at the end of the felt.
  7. Stitch the second piece of thin ribbon to the end of the felt.
  8. Cut the thick ribbon off with enough space to fold its end under and cover the felt and previous stitch.
  9. Stitch the final fold down and it is ready to wear.

Additional Ideas:




Now that we’re comfortable with the basics of this DIY, we’re going to let our creativity run wild and try some of these other shapes, colours and embellishments. 


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