We asked the very talented Amy Bethune—she’s a quadruple threat: college chemistry professor, photographer, blogger, and maker of beautiful things—to share how to create her cute, handy little pet pouches that attach to a dog’s collar. Happily, she obliged. They store your key or card and a few extra bags so you’ll never be caught out unprepared. Take it away, Amy…
I don’t want to offend anyone by being too graphic, but my dog Lola and I take a lot of walks and jogs and sometimes I forget to bring along a little baggie for...well, you know. So, it dawned on me on a recent excursion that I could make a little “wallet” to store a plastic baggie right on her collar. Of course, they have little baggie things that dangle from the collar, but I know I wouldn’t like that banging around, and I thought Lola would be annoyed by it too. She’s kinda particular. Anyway, here’s a quick little project to make such a pouch. Of course, you could keep a card or key in it, too, if you’re so inclined. This pouch fits one large or a few small bags inside.
Tools & Materials
• Fabric swatch (3″ x 8″)
• Needle and thread (a sewing machine makes this project lightning fast, but isn’t necessary)
• Straight pins
• Velcro (2 inches of 1″ wide)
Step 1: To begin, cut your fabric into a 3″ x 8″ rectangle (I’ve had this ruler since grade school in case you were wondering). Fold each of the short ends over by 1/2 inch and sew down the center of the fabric, 1/4 inch from the fold. Repeat on the other end.
Step 2: Now, with the good side of the fabric toward you, pin the Velcro to the middle of the fabric. Make sure that one side of the Velcro (for instance, the fuzzy side) is up while the other (the sticky side) is down. They should be overlapping quite a bit and sticking to each other now. Baste the Velcro in place and remove pins.
Step 3: Fold one side up (back side of the fabric will be exposed) about 1/2 inch beyond the Velcro.
Step 4: Now, fold the other side over as well so that it overlaps the first “flap” by about 1 inch.
Step 5: Sew along both edges of the pouch about 1/4 inch from the edge.
Step 6: Now, flip the right sides of the fabric out. Be sure to use a knitting needle or something pointed to push out the corners of the pouch so they’re square. And the pouch is done.
Now head to the dog park and await compliments!
→ Check out more of Amy’s inspiring projects, photos, and designs at theb-line.blogspot.com.