DIY: Make A Dog Bath Towel With Pockets!

3 Jul

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Whenever I start thinking about making something new for Topher, it’s usually because there’s some need I’m looking to fill. Spring and summer always bring a lot of thunderstorms for us, which means more puddles and mud for Topher to get in during our walks, which means more quick rinses with the hose, or full baths on the weekends.

Towel drying Topher isn’t especially difficult, since he’s a short haired dog, but our bath towels always end up half on the floor by the end of the drying process, where they sop up extra water and the dirt that just got rinsed off Topher. It’s annoying! There are some good dog bath towels on the market, but I was pretty sure I could make my own out of one of our current “dog towels” for free. And I don’t know about you, but I love just about anything I can create for free!

If you can sew a straight line, you can DIY this towel. Plus, this dog bath towel has pockets, which makes drying off your dog basically a million times easier.

Materials

  • 1 bath towel
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Steps

  1. Fold your towel in half, with whatever side you want to be your finished side facing inwards.
  2. Cut off the ends of your towel. I wanted a towel that wouldn’t hang too much farther below Topher’s chest when draped over him, so I cut off about 9 ½ inches off each side.
  3. You can choose to keep the ends of your towel square, or round them like I did by cutting the ends into a half circle shape. Keep your towel folded while cutting so the edges will match.
  4. Unfold your towel, and grab two of the ends you cut off your towel. These will become your pockets.
  5. Cut two half circles in the same shape as each end of your towel.
  6. With the towel still unfolded and laying flat, pin each half circle shape to the main towel piece. Then, fold your towel in half again so your pocket pieces become the middle layer of your three layers.
  7. Sew your three layers together, keeping at least four to six inches open so you can turn your towel right side out. Make sure to backstitch the beginning and end of your seam!
  8. Turn your towel right side out, then hand sew your opening closed.

And there you have it. One dog bath towel, with pockets! Topher says it’s also ideal for covering his head when surprise rainstorms interrupt our photo-taking.

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie

16 Apr

We’ve brought you a DIY dog collar bow tie before, one that requires no sewing skills whatsoever. However, for dogs that are a bit more active (ahem, Topher) no sew bow ties don’t tend to last very long—one good shake from Topher started the fraying process on the bow tie, and then it was retired. I had some extra fabric left over from our dog collar, so I decided to make a new bow tie. This DIY dog collar bow tie is a perfect beginner project for anyone looking to work on their sewing skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Making Your Dog Collar Bow Tie

1. Cut out three rectangles from your fabric. The first two pieces will be the same size, and the third, for the middle, will be slightly smaller. The size will vary depending on the size of your dog. Here are the sizes we used for Topher, and you can adjust to your dog.

  • Bow pieces: 4 inches wide by 14 inches long
  • Middle piece: 3 inches wide by 8 inches long

2. Place your two bow pieces together so the right sides of the fabric are facing inwards, and sew together on three sides. Turn your fabric right side out, turn the final raw edge in, and iron it into place.

3. Fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create a tube. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside of the bow tie. With your fabric laying flat, your seam should be on the back of the bow tie, in the middle.

4. To create your bow shape, pinch the folded fabric together in the middle, then stitch down the center so the bow shape will stay in place. The stitching is optional—this time, I decided to keep the bow loose so I could adjust it more.

5. Next, you’ll create the center “knot” of the bow tie using the other piece of fabric. Fold this piece in half, then sew down the raw side to create a long tube. Iron so the seam and fabric lays flat.

6. Similar to your bow, fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create the full circle. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside.

7. Slip the loop back around the bow and your bow tie is done! Slide the collar through the middle loop and put it on your dog!

How cute is my dog? So cute!