Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash

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By Guest Blogger Courteney from the blog Crafting With Court

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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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About Courteney

Courteney will be sharing sewing, crafting, and DIY projects. Her philosophy is simple: crafting makes life better. Her projects will help you realize how easy and cost effective it is to make things for yourself. Courteney is a high school science teacher who lives in Atlanta, GA. Between raising her dog, Padfoot, and teaching she keeps pretty busy but always finds time to be creative. Her mom taught her to sew very early in life, and it has remained one of her favorite activities into adulthood. Although sewing is quickly becoming a lost art; Courteney hopes you will join her in revitalizing this skill with many fun and practical projects. Catch up with Courteney at her blog, Crafting with Court, where she shares all the projects she’s working on.

11 thoughts on “Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash

  1. Patty Wise-Noble

    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. Savannah Sharp

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

  3. Trina Hinkson

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

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  6. Elen

    Today my puppy was in his Cage and he tried to take off his Dog collar his collar got Caught on his teeth and around his mouth. It was a Scary situation.. I had to cut off the collar using scissors To releases him.. I am now going to buy this reliable LED Collar for my pal —

  7. Jojo

    This would benefit if you would mention what size of hook to use, and how they are measured. Ex: is a 1″ hook lengthwise or across? Inside or outside measurement? Thnx.

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