Saturday, April 6, 2013

Travel Size Upcycled Dog Treat/Doggie Doo Holder

Do you have some old purses, bags, jeans, or pants that no longer work for you or have ripped zippers or stains? If so, consider using parts of them to make upcycled travel size dog treat or doggie doo bag holders. Below are three examples with directions. I only used materials that were 100% cotton (eco-friendly) and parts that could be recycled.

Puppy Treat Holder
This one is great if you have a puppy that you are training and would like to have some very small treats on hand. I used the cellphone holder part of a purse and the strap. It came off of a jean purse that had a ripped zipper and would have normally been thrown out. It was 100% cotton so it would have eventually decomposed, but being able to salvage some of it and use it longer is what upcycling is all about! I also used an old baby shirt with puppy paw prints on it to make it look more like it is for a dog.  In addition to a cellphone holder from an old purse, you will need liquid stitch and puffy paint (optional). You will need to cut the shirt and adhere it to the cellphone holder using liquid stitch. be sure to fold over all cut edges for a nice finish!

treat holder hanging on the door

front of holder with puffy paint writing
back of holder covered in paw print fabric
 from an old baby  shirt

Treat Holder for Large Dogs
This treat holder was made from an Eddie Bauer bag that came with a small gift set and a pocket form a pair of jeans that had hold. I again used liquid stitch to adhere the pocket to the bag and I used puffy paint to decorate. You could actually use a small recycled peanut butter jar to put the treats in and then put that inside this bag OR just put the treat right into the bag. The drawstring makes it easy to put around your wrist. So many little gifts come with these drawstring type bags that they are easy to find and most people just end up throwing them away. The jean pocket is a nice addition because you can slip a few doggie doo bags in there. (Be sure to use the biodegradable eco-friendly kind)!
drawstring bag from gift set

jean pocket cut from jeans
(used entire pocket, front and back)

finished product all glued together

Double Pocket Treat Holder for the Wrist
This one is made from two cargo pant pockets. If you have a son or grandson under the age of 12, getting pockets from pants is so easy. They put stains and holes in their jeans and cargo pants all the time and all you have to do is cut the pockets off and then use the rest of the pants to make a dog rope toy. I also had a pair of pants that had bungee type cord that was used to tighten the bottom. I took that out and then put holes in the one pocket to attach the bungee strap. I then glued the two pockets together using liquid stitch. This helped keep the bungee cord secure between the two pockets. If you are good at sewing, you could sew everything together. I can put treats in one pocket and doggie doo bags in the other. It fits around my wrist and can even be put up on my forearm and tightened, if needed.
cargo pants, pockets cut from these
bungee string
bungee string being taken from
another pair of pants

bungee put through two holes in one pocket
and tied in the back and then covered
with the other pocket

finished treat holder
dog treats inside holder and then placed on wrist 


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