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Our puppy dog (who is actually an old lady, but doesn’t realize it) is such an important part of our family. Every time we move with the military, she often meets our neighbors before we do. We’ve met some of our best friends through the years thanks, to our pup, Lila. At our new house, we met and have become friends with our neighbors and their dog, Diesel, because our dogs play together. This year I want to give them Valentine’s Day treats for Diesel in a cute gift bag that is actually a DIY dog poop bag holder.
Lila started her life on the streets of New York City. She made it to the animal shelter, was adopted and then returned (how in the world could anyone have returned this adorable, smart girl?!). She was fostered by a wonderful family outside of NYC until we adopted her nine years ago. She’s moved four times with us and has traveled thousands of miles in the car with us. We can’t imagine our family without her.
Thanks to Lila and her desperate need to take very long walks every single day, I’ve
been forced found a way to get my exercise every day. All those miles of dog walks has made me appreciate having a doggy poo waste bag holder on our leash. Every dog owner can use one for taking walks.
This gift bag/dog waste bag holder is easy to make (honestly) and requires minimal sewing skills. You could also use fabric glue if you don’t want to sew it.
DIY Dog Poop Bag Holder
Holiday or cute dish towel (you could use fabric, but there are just so many cute dish towels to choose from, they’re the perfect size and you can use 3 of the already sewn seams)
Dog Treat bag that can be folded in half to fit inside the gift bag.
While out running errands last week, I dropped by Walmart to pick up everything I needed to make the gift bag/dog waste bag holder. I took my time looking in the dog treat aisle to pick just the right treats to give. As soon as I found the treats from Milo’s Kitchen and saw that they’re all Made in the USA and come in a foldable bag, I knew I’d found the perfect treats. Learn more by following Milo’s Kitchen on Facebook.
I couldn’t just bring home treats for Diesel. Because Lila is an older lady, she needs to eat crunchy treats to help keep her teeth clean. I picked up some Milk Bone treats, too, because they’re a crunchy treat that she loves.
To get started, simply lay your dog treat bag on the towel. Leave approximately 2 1/2 inches at the top of the treat bag to make the flap and about 1/2 inch on either side of the bag for the sides of the flap. (I cut mine a bit too short, but made it work just fine). You’ll leave the towel seams on the sides and bottom so you don’t have to worry about leaving extra fabric there.
Be sure to double-check before you cut the fabric so that your image is centered on the front of the bag.
Fold the fabric down and sew a narrow seam at the opening and on the flap. Turn carefully at the corners.
Place right sides of the fabric together, sew the sides together and then the bottom. Turn the bag right side out.
Use your leash to measure where you’ll sew the seam that will make a channel to hold the leash. This is how you keep the waste bag holder on the leash.
Sew Velcro or snaps to keep the flap shut. The bag will work fine without the closures, but it keeps the plastic waste bags more securely in the holder. I would have liked my closure flap to be a bit longer, so be sure to use the measurements recommended above.
In about 15 minutes (less if you’re a better seamstress than I am), you’ve made your own DIY dog waste bag holder. And it’s pretty cute, don’t you think?
Because you used the treat bag to determine your measurements, you also have a perfect Valentine’s Day Treats gift bag, too.
Lila got ready to take her #TreatThePups gift next door to our neighbors. I’m ready, to go. Let’s go. What are we waiting for? I’m ready already!
But first she asked to try the doggy poop bag holder out on a walk (you know, just to make sure it works well for her friend, not because she wanted to go on a walk herself).
Lila had fun giving Diesel his Valentine’s gift. You can see that Diesel appreciated her thoughtfulness.
Do you know a puppy dog that would appreciate Valentine’s Day treats? You can make them even more special by putting the treats in a DIY Dog Poop Bag Holder as a gift bag. And be sure to give your own pup an extra treat and cuddle today.
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.