Monday, May 8, 2017

How to make an Embroidered Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

When you have a dog, poop happens.

Being responsible pet parents means we need to carry potty bags to clean up after Lacey when she does her her business outside and on walks.

Being the green minded people that we are, I keep and fill two grocery bag holder for the stray plastic bags that cross my path.  I keep the empty grocery bag holder hanging in the kitchen to fill with random bread, frozen vegetable, and the occasional plastic grocery bag when I forget my canvas grocery bags when running a quick errand. When it is full I swap it out with the grocery bag holder I have hanging in the closet by the front door so we can reuse the bags for doggie duty. It isn’t perfect green solution but it works for us.

The big grocery bag dispenser in the closet is too big to take with us on walks. I sewed a small plastic grocery bag holder that attaches to Lacey’s leash to fill with repurposed bags from hall closet holder.

How to Sew a Clip on Dog Waste Bag Holder

The purple fabric I wanted to use matched Lacey’s purple leash and a little too plain. I jazzed it up by machine embroidering a dog paw on my leash bag organizer which is a fantastic beginner machine embroidery project!

Pin this tutorial for later and to share with your friends!

 If you don’t have an embroidery machine, try sewing this project using cute fabric instead.

You will need:

Sewing and embroidery machine

Paw print machine embroidery pattern


Machine embroidery thread

Embroidery scissors

Fabric - 8 inches wide by 6 inches long

Sewing gage

Straight pins

3 inch piece of sew in hook and loop tape

Coordinating sewing thread

2 pieces of 1/4 inch wide elastic – approximately 6 inches long

Small safety pin

Fabric scissors

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Step by Step How to Make it:

1. Use the embroidery sewing machine, stabilizer, and machine embroidery thread to embroidered a paw onto the fabric. My machine doesn't have a preprogrammed dog paw embroidery design. I downloaded a free file from

Tip: Machine Embroider your design on a larger piece of fabric first and then cut it to size to sew the project.I cut my fabric with pinking shears because I am not hemming the raw edges of my fabric

2. Using the sewing gage, turn over the top and bottom edges of the waste bag holder by a 1/2 inch. Use the straight pins to pin it into place.

Pinning time!

3. Use the sewing machine and sewing thread to sew the channels for the elastic into place.

Tip: Remove the straight pins as you sew! Sewing over straight pins is an excellent way to break your sewing machine needle. Guess how I know?

4.Attach the safety pin the end of a piece of elastic and use it to thread the elastic into the channels you sewed in Step 3. Use a straight pin to pin the ends of elastic in the channel.

I always use safety pines to thread elastic into clothing waste bands and such. So easy!

5. Pin hook and loop tape to the side seam of the fabric with the hook and loop tape with the back of the loop tape on top of the hook side of the hook tape to  the right side (the pretty part with the embroidery on it) of the fabric.

The majority of the hook and loop tape should be pinned to the right side of the fabric. This will make the hanger that attaches to your dog’s leash.

I took this photo on the unhemmed dog bag holder so you can see how to and where to pin the hook and loop tape in what will become the side seam of the dispenser. 

6. Use the straight pins to pin the length of the ride sides of the fabric together to create a tube and use the sewing machine to sew the fabric in place.

7. Turn the dog potty bag organizer right side out.

8. Use the hook and loop tape to attach your dog waste bag dispenser to your dog’s leash, fill it with empty plastic bags, and  clean up!

Enough with the photos! Let's walk!

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