Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pooch pouches for presents: a tutorial

Figure 1
These little pouches -- similar to shopping bag holders -- clip onto the end of a dog leash. They can be filled with small shopping bags or the plastic bags used to protect the morning paper from rainy weather.
I am making these for my friends who have dogs to walk and dog messes to clean up along the way.
This is a great way to use up little scraps of fabric. The most expensive part of the project is the swivel clip.

You will need 3/4 inch elastic and rick rack trim.
Here's what you do: (all seams allowances are 1/4 inch)
Cut a piece of linen 3 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long.
Cut two pieces of patterned fabric, 2 inches wide by six inches long. (figure 1)
Cut a piece of lining fabric, 9 1/2 inches  wide by 6 inches long.
Sew the patterned pieces to the long sides (figure 2)
Figure 2

Figure 3
Press the seams toward the linen. (Figure 3)
Figure 4
On the right side, cover the joining seams with a length of rick rack. (Figure 4)

Figure 5
Sew the main fabric to the lining with right sides together at the short ends. Turn right side out and press, trim any excess fabric from the sides.
Measure the width of the elastic at the short edges, and top stitch line across the short edges to form a channel for the elastic. (Figure 5) .
Figure 6
Using a bodkin or a safety pin, thread 5 inches of elastic through the top and bottom short edges.
Pin the elastic on one side, and pull the elastic until one edge measures 31/2 inches across and the other measures 3 inches across. (Figure 6) .
Cut a 1 1/2 wide by 3 inches long strip of linen. Fold the strip in half and sew, right sides together. Turn and press.
Thread the strip through the bottom of the swivel clip. (Figure 7).
Sew the strip across the top, near the end of the swivel clip. (Figure 8). Pin the swivel clip about a half inch down from the 3 1/2 inch edge.
Figure 7
Figure 8

Pin the long side, right sides together, and sew. Turn and fill with plastic bags from the top (where the swivel clip is). This one fits about 10 bags.
Figure 9

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  1. Cute poopy ... I mean PUPPY!!! ... bags --- they'll make a lovely gift - that fabric is a hoot!

  2. What a clever idea. I love practical gifts like this especially when they are also made with just the right fabric.

  3. Such a brilliant idea. I wanted to make one, but having thought about it, I don't know a single person with a dog - well noone I'd give a present to anyway!!


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