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By Rachel Faucett
The detachable collar has been all over the runways for the past couple of seasons, from Prada to Free People. I made my own version based on a collar my grandmother wore in the 40s. I wear mine as a scarf in colder months and with a plain T-shirt in the summer. I like to wear the collars as an unexpected accessory to any outfit. You will have a great time making the collars and may want to make several in different colors. I went a little bonkers and made them for all of my friends. This project should take about an hour, and you will get faster as you go on. I want to see pictures of your finished product. Please email me – I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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Materials

Scissors
1/4 yard fabric
for front of collar
1/4 yard fabric for back of collar
1/4 yard inner lining fleece
Pattern PDF
see below
Straight pins
1 1/2 yards of ribbon
Sewing machine

Download PDF Download the Collar Pattern PDF
Right click to save the PDF to your desktop. Directions on downloading PDFs.

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Directions

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Step 1: Cut fabric for the front and back of collar as well as the inner lining fleece using the downloadable PDF template. Pin together the fabric for the front of the collar, the fabric for the back of the collar, and the inner fleece. Make sure the inner lining fleece is placed on top, and that the two pieces of fabric are facing right-sides in.
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Step 2: Cut two 20″ lengths of ribbon. Pin the ribbon between the front and back fabric, inserting both ribbons as noted on the template and pulling through the back of the collar.
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Step 3: Machine-sew, starting at the back opening of the collar. Use a 3/8″ seam allowance.
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Step 4: Trim seam allowance to 1/4″ and turn the collar right-side out.
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Step 5: Machine-sew to close up the opening on the back of the collar.
About the Author:
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Rachel Faucett is a design and vintage scout for all things children, sharing her latest finds on her blog Handmade Charlotte. She lives on a farm just outside of Atlanta with her husband and their five children (and ever-changing menagerie of animals).


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