Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Rich & luxurious fabrics make this dynamite accessory!

And dynamite is right. Using a textural velvet or velveteen is the key to this project. So sophisticated. So savvy. You’ll learn how to use a Dritz needle board to iron the delicate fabric without compromising its texture. Sew one up today, and wear this lovely over the holidays!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

The sewing supplies you’ll need to make this Peter Pan collar are:

  • 1/4 yard velveteen fabric
  • 3/8 yard sheer or silky fabric
  • 2 pom-poms (from a bag or cut from a by-the-yard trim)
  • Sewing pattern (from this PDF)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Rotary cutter, ruler & mat
  • Dritz needle board
  • Iron & ironing surface
  • Press cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Needle & thread (thread should match sheer fabric)
  • Fabric pen or pencil

Start by printing out the complete instructions and pattern from this PDF. An overview of how to make the Peter Pan collar is below, but the full tutorial is loaded with details and tips. Ready to get started?


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

After you’ve printed the collar pattern, cut out 4 velveteen fabric pieces.

Pin two collar pieces together (right sides together). Keep pins close and pin in the seam allowance to avoid marking the fabric.

Stitch together along the outer collar edge with at 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat for the other side of the collar.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Trim seam allowance on both collar pieces to 1/8″. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Turn the collar pieces right-side out. Place the collar on your needle board and steam, using a press cloth above the collar and keeping the iron 1/2″ above the press cloth. Finger press the seam while it is still warm to flatten. Do not touch the fabric with the hot iron!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Pin along the inner collar edge, then stitch together using 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat for other collar piece.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Binding: Using your rotary cutter, mat and grid-marked ruler, cut 1″ wide strips of your sheer or silky fabric. The fabric should be cut on the bias (45° diagonally across the weave).

Join the ends to create a single strip of fabric that is about 60″ long and stitch the strips together as shown to create your trim.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Find the center of the trim, and pin it to your two collar pieces. This step will attach the three pieces.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Stitch the trim to the collar.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Fold the trim around the collar’s edge, and double fold it under about 1/8″. Secure it with pins.

Then flip it back over, and carefully stitch (from the front side) in the “ditch” between the folded trim and the collar – this is called “stitching in the ditch!”


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

This is what the collar will look like underneath, when you stitch in the ditch.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Peter Pan Collar

Cut the ends of the trim to the length you want, and finish each end with a pom-pom.

Now that you understand how to make a Peter Pan collar, which fabric and trim will you choose for yours? And are you planning to wear it on New Year’s Eve? How will you wear it? With the bow in the front or the back (it’s your choice, you know!). Let us know! We’d love to know how your collar turned out (and if the party was a fun one!).

Cheers!

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