When I first got Oxford, I was astounded that there weren't more practical apparell items for a dog his size. We live in Chicago, so winters here are brutal. The wind is intense for a small short-haired dog, it's very cold for a small breed, and the salt that they use to keep the sidewalks ice-free is very very hard on dog's feet. The very first thing that I wanted Oxford to have was a reflective harness or collar so that he can be seen at night on walks. I could find no such item.
I ordered a few pattern books thinking that I could find a pattern and add reflective items to them, and this collar is my first attempt at actaully tackling one.
I found a plastic clip with a large red reflector on it, and used a black cotton (instead of nylon) webbing for the main part. To make it more comfy than a conventional collar I put a wool felt on the inside.
The quilted bit is a couple dozen small quilt squares that I quilted to the top of the collar. The end result is cute, but most importantly, it is practical and increases Oxford's visibility.
I had enough webbing and quilt squares left over that I made a matching leash. It's not pictured, but it's primary features are that it has a "D-ring" on it to clip the poop-bag holder to and a big loop on the end so that I can put the leash around my elbow in case I need to use my hands while we are out on a walk.
The next item I'm attempting from this series is a soft dog harness. After that (and I know that I have the disapproval of my friend Jeremy because "dogs shouldn't wear clothes") I'm going to make Oxford a winter snow-suit-type-deal that will keep him warm enough during winter walks, but will also protect his feet, haunches, and tummy from the sidewalk salt.