How to Attach a Peter Pan Collar

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How to Attach a Peter Pan Collar
Peter Pan collar's are easy to pin and sew. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Peter Pan collars are a unique touch to add to shirts instead of the standard spread collar style. Popularly worn with ties or bows, this style is ideal for children's clothes and demure looks, as the Peter Pan collar features rounded edges. While the difference may dissuade novice sewers from working this collar style into shirt patterns, the collar is actually attached using nearly the same sewing techniques as a standard style collar.

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Things you need

  • Collar
  • Unfinished shirt
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Extra fabric
  • Fabric scissors

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  1. 1

    Match the collar edges on top of the shirt's neck opening edges, centring the collar. Fold the facings over on top of the collar.

  2. 2

    Pin the collar edges to the edges of the neck opening.

  3. 3

    Stitch along the collar, using the sewing machine set at a standard quarter inch. Remove the pins from the collar.

  4. 4

    Cut a 3-inch strip of fabric, long enough to match the length of your collar, and overlap onto the facing. Fold the bias strip in half to 1.5 inches.

  5. 5

    Pin the bias strip on top of the collar and facing. Using the sewing machine, sew a half-inch stitch along the strip and collar. Remove pins.

  6. 6

    Clip the corner tips above the half-inch stitch on the facings. Turn the facings right side out, flipping the folded bias to the inside of the collar. Fold collar right side out and flat against the outside of the shirt.

  7. 7

    Pin the folded bias to the inside collar neck line. Top stitch the collar into place and remove all pins from the collar and shirt. Fold collar over.

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