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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DOG LEASH TOTE


Am I the only nerd who had a plastic grocery bag attached to the dog leash to pick up after the dog?  I know some folks may use a pocket, but I don't always have a pocket, so it was attached to the leash.  I would then grab it and ball it up into my fist to hide it as I took my daily trek.   What a freak!!

I've had this idea for a while now and finally moved this project to the top of the priority list.  Here's my solution......

FREAK SHOW

Le Chic Dog Walker

Doesn't that look so much better?  ..... and doesn't that leash look disgusting!.... time for a new leash!

Anyway, here's what you will need:
  • fabric remnant 9" long  x 10" wide (cut two pieces)
  • double fold bias tape
  • two pieces of velcro (approx. 2" long)
  • two pieces of elastic (approx. 1 3/4" long by 1 1/4" wide)

 Steps:

  • Sew the fabric right sides together using 1/2" seams; leaving an opening to turn the tote right side out.  Turn right side out and stitch the opening closed using the machine.
  • Sew the bias tape to three sides; the two lengths and along the width of the top edge; there's no need to use the tape on the the other edge since it's hidden underneath the flap.

  • Sew the velcro pieces into place on both the underside of the top edge of the tote and the inside edge of the bottom of the tote; centering them along the width (see below).  Sew around all four edges of the velcro.  I placed the velcro so that the finished edge of the top of the tote will be approximately 1 1/2" above the bottom edge when it's folded into it's final shape.  NOTE: Keep in mind the finished product resembles an envelope and everything will make sense.
  •  Before folding the tote into it's finished size; sew the two pieces of elastic to the outside of the back of the tote.  Fold the elastic's raw edges underneath and stitch right on the edge of the elastic through both layers of elastic and the tote.  My finished dimension (picture a belt loop on a pair of pants, but with elastic) is about 7/8".  I wanted it nice and snug so the tote wouldn't slide down the leash as we were walking and the leash is exactly 1" wide.
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  • Lastly bring the bottom edge up and sew the right and left edges to seal the sides of the tote.
    Look at those eyes...she's saying "can we go for a walk now?"
  • Now, slide the leash through the elastic guides, tuck your plastic bag inside the tote and you're all set!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I was a freak too with the baggy, I thought I was cool because I wrapped it a cool way around the leash. I love this idea, very creative !!! She does need a new leash I said that in my mind and then you wrote it. Wittle Sami is so cute!!!!

    xoxo Katie

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