Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash

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By Guest Blogger Courteney from the blog Crafting With Court

Courteney’s blog is full of ideas inspired by Pinterest and brings her own versions to life. With step-by-step instructions for fun crafts, Crafting with Court is perfect for all kinds of crafters.

Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash with Guest Blogger Court from Crafting With Court

When we adopted this sweet baby a little more than 4 months ago, I knew this name was Padfoot. I mean, look at the similarities!

Dog Leash Picture

Padfoot needed a Gryffindor collar.  I searched around online, and I was shocked with how limited by options were.  As a crafty person, I set out to make my own collar.  I purchased a yard of the All Things Harry Potter fabric from Spoonflower and made a dog collar. My finished product turned out great!  If you want to make your own check out: Dog Collar: Fabric Wrapped.

dog leash pic 3

Over time, his plain store bought dog leash paled in comparison to his custom collar.  I set out to change that and made a Hogwarts dog leash.


1. Cut your webbing and ribbon. To create a 6′ leash (this is a great length leash and what dog trainers recommend you use), cut your nylon webbing to 80″ and your ribbon to 82″.

2. Burn the ends of your webbing and ribbon.  Light a candle.  Carefully, move the ends of your webbing and ribbon over the flame.  This will cause the edges to melt slightly and prevent fraying in the future.

Burn Ends

Let Melt

3. Fold 1″ on ribbon on to the back of nylon webbing.  Sew across the ribbon to attach it to your webbing



4. Attach your ribbon to your webbing.  Start on the end of attached the ribbon to in the previous step.  Line your ribbon up so it sits in the middle of your webbing.  Place pins about every 6″ to keep the ribbon stable and centered.  When you reach the over end, you should have 1″ of ribbon remaining.  Fold the remaining inch of ribbon over and attach it with a pin.


5. Sew the ribbon to the webbing.  Place the needle as close to the edge of the ribbon as you can.  I recommend sewing at a medium speed with a heavy duty needle to avoid breaking your needle.  Run one continuous seam for the entire length of the webbing.  When you get to the end back stitch.  Remove the pins. Now, do the same thing for the other side of the ribbon.  Both sides of the ribbon will now be secured to your webbing.

Sew Sides


6. Sew across the second 1″ of ribbon you folded over in step 4

Sew Over

7.  Create the handle of the dog leash.  Fold over 8″ of webbing/ribbon with the ribbon on the outside.  Using the image below as a guide, use a Box X stitch to attach the webbing/ribbon to itself.  Still using the heavy duty needle, slow your machine down to a pretty slow speed.  Slow and steady wins the race.  The Box X should be about 1.5″ x 1″.  Your Box X should go to pretty close to the edge of the folded over webbing.

box stitch

Create Handle

Box Stitch

8. Attach the swivel snap hook.  Slip the swivel snap hook over the other end (opposite the handle you just created) of the webbing.  Fold 1.5″ to 2″ of webbing over.  Run one set of stitches as close to the swivel snap hook as you can get.  Go over this stitch at least 4 times (forward, back, forward, back). Move to the end of this piece of folded over webbing and run another set of stitches.  Go over this stitch at least 4 times (forward, back, forward, back).

Swivel Hook

Sew Swivel Hook

Swivel Hook

Swivel Hook

9.  Attach the leash to your dog and enjoy a great walk!

DIY Dog Leash

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7 Responses
  1. Patty Wise-Noble :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 8:14 AM

    Padfoot’s new leash is awesome! Your directions are great, and the pictures to go along with them make this project so easy to follow! I am going to make my Ollie a cool leash, too. Thanks for inspiring me!

  2. Diana Hair :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 8:59 AM

    What a great project and your step-by-step directions are excellent.

  3. Savannah Sharp :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

    What a charming leash for a charming dog! I’m glad you explained how to do the x-box stitch.

  4. Trina Hinkson :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 2:11 PM

    I love the fool-proof instructions! My two boys are going to have one of a kind leashes. Thank you!

  5. Laura Norris :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 7:38 PM

    What a great idea for us crafty dog lovers! Thank you!

  6. laura harrison :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

    such a cool leash! i’m excited to make this!

  7. Tutorial: DIY a dog leash | Sewing | :

    Date: July 6, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

    […] Dog leashes get daily use, so it’s fitting to have one that suits your personality.  If you can’t find one in the store that you like, consider making one yourself.  Over at Think Crafts!, the Create for Less blog, you can see how you can make your own dog leash.  The tutorial is a guest post by Courteney from Crafting With Court.  Go to Think Crafts! for the tute. […]

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