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Today my post is going out to all you dog owners out there! I don’t own a dog, but I have plenty of friends who do. So I know that one of the things that dog owners most love doing is picking up dog poo…NOT! Have you ever forgotten your dog poop bags? Or not even able to find them in your bag? Well this handy dispenser is the perfect thing for you, it will keep your poo bags firmly in sight, and close at hand when needed. Here is how to make a dog poop bag holder.
How to Make A Dog Poop Bag Holder
These little dispensers are perfect gifts for your favourite dog loving friend. And because they can be made in any fabric colour, you can personalise them for men or women of any age.
Plus, because the holder has a little clip, it can clip to a belt or handbag. Meaning that you will never lose your poop bags again. Great idea eh?
So, on with the tutorial.
You Will Need
- Cloth for inner and outer of the bag. I actually used this camouflage cotton drill (which is almost like a thick cotton canvas) and for the inner I used quilting cotton. If you wish to use a normal cotton for both you can, but you may need to use interfacing on your outer fabric to give it some structure.
- Scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler.
- A sewing machine, pins, scissors and coordinating thread
- Eyelets/grommets and a tool set to place the eyelets. Mine have a 14mm internal hole diameter.
- A keyring / lobster clip
Start by cutting out your inner and outer pieces, plus a piece for the hanging loop. I cut pieces 10 inches by 6 inches for my outer and lining, plus a piece of outer fabric 1.5 inches by 4 inches for my hanging loop.
Then make the hanging loop for the poo bag holder. Fold the small piece of out fabric lengthways. Then sew a scant seam allowance down the outer edge. Use a loop turner tool to turn through the fabric piece the right way out. Then press it well and sew a topstitching line along each edge of the loop.
Then move onto the body of the poo bag holder. Place the inner and outer fabrics right sides together. Sew a 5mm seam allowance all the way around the edge, leaving a small gap in the middle of one of the longer sides. backstitch well at the start and end of your sewing. Clip the corners, then turn the piece the right side out, using a pencil to push out the corners well. Press the fabric well.
Using a heat erasable pen, mark the centre of the inside fabric, and about 2/3 of the way down this line make a permanent mark. (This will be cut out later when making the eyelet hole!)
Fold the hanging loop in half and place inside the gap left when making the body of the holder. Put this loop on the centre line that you have just marked. Then sew a very scant seam allowance around the outer edge of the rectangle, reinforcing over the hanging loop, and closing the gap made when turning the fabric. You may need a thicker denim or leather needle to sew through the several layers of fabric.
So, you now have the main body of the holder. But now it is time to place the eyelet. Iron away the erasable pen, leaving just the permanent mark.
Place the cutting tool over the cross and cut out the eyelet hole. Then place the outer eyelet through and hammer the inner washer into place using the grommet inserter tool.
Finally, it is time to finish the holder. Push the hanging loop over the body of the fabric. Then fold the sides into the centre to give you 3 layers with the inner fabric facing outwards. Sew a small seam allowance at both the top and bottom of the layers. Again, you may need to use a thick needle or hand crank through the many layers of fabric in places (especially where the hanging loop is placed).
Almost finished…you are left with a 3 layered bundle.
Turn this inside out, add a lobster clip and you are left with a finished holder!
The Finished Product
Why not make them in every colour for all your dog owning friends? And as an extra gift, you could also add a coordinating hand gel holder with some hand gel, for using after the poo bag holder has been needed.
These make great gifts at any time of year, but would make a great teacher, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Do you think that you will be making them? What fabric would you choose? I love to see your makes. Show me on my social media channels, or comment below.
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