I adopted my dog Lucy this summer, and we go on walks every day. I wanted a cute, hands free bag for our walks, so I sewed up the Rey belt bag pattern and hacked it for doggie walking purposes.
In other words, I added an eyelet to create a dog poop bag dispenser!
Watch the video or keep reading to take a tour of my bag.
To make this, you only need 1/2 yard of outer fabric and lining fabric. I used leftover quilting cotton from my reversible tote bag tutorial that you can watch here. Then you could make a matching tote too!
This project also calls for webbing, an adjustable slide release buckle or parachute clip, a slider, and 14 inch zipper. I got all these colorful notions on Etsy. Search there and you'll find tons of options in fun colors.
To make this into a dog walking bag, I added a pocket to the inside. I cut a piece of contrasting scrap that was 4" x 6" to create the pocket, and turned the edges under 1/4”.
At the very end, when the bag was completely finished, I added this 7/16" eyelet. Eyelet kits come with the tools you need to set them and the only other thing you need is a hammer or mallet and an awl.
Now, I didn't have an awl at home, so I used a large nail to poke a hole for the eyelet. This is the kind of situation when I am so grateful to be creative!
After I finished this project, I had a bunch of ideas for customizing another belt bag. Here are some of them.
- Add even more pockets to the inside
- Add velcro to your pockets for more security
- Use reflective zipper tape for nighttime visibility
- Use colorful topstitching
- Quilt your fabric to make an extra comfortable bag to wear
- Make a matching zipper pull or tassel from leftover scraps
- Sew a key ring with a clip inside your lining
- Use your smallest scraps to make each piece in a different color
Have you ever sewn an accessory for your dog? Comment and share your ideas!