If you love your four-legged friend, why not celebrate National Dog Dog on August 26, 2014 by sewing a project just for them? Stitch up a new bandana, a 20-minute dog bed or a special carrier just for your pooch!
Here are some of our favorite dog sewing patterns and projects from the Craftsy community.
Photo via Craftsy member Dog Under My Desk
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a designer dog carrier when you can make your own? Perfect for the 4 to 8 pound dog who loves to tag along, the Sammy Bag Dog Sling pattern is a sling for dogs who like to stay near to their owners. Take along little Fluffy to the farmer’s market or an outdoor festival, and you won’t have to worry about large crowds or foot traffic. Your little dog will love being close to you and still getting to see and interact with lots of people.
Photo via Craftsy member Aivilo Charlotte Sewing Patterns
If your trusted companion is too large to fit in a purse, perhaps you’d like to sew up some fashionable neckwear. Download the free pattern for the Aivila Reversible Dog Bandana, originally designed for a charity sew along to benefit animal shelters. This quick-sew project makes it easy to make several bandanas in an hour, for a whole new canine wardrobe!
Photo via Craftsy member Stitching Times
Take your dog to the beach and sew up a colorful blanket so she’ll keep her paws from getting too toasty on the sand. With an umbrella hole in the center and plenty of room to spread out, this festive Beach Quilt pattern will help you and your canine relax together in the shade!
Photo via Craftsy member Nati’s Little Things
Cozy coat + plush pillow
No matter what size your dog is, this free Puppy Coat pattern can be sized larger or smaller with a photocopier. Keep your pooch warm and fashionable on evening walks when you choose a fuzzy fabric like fleece or flannel. Plus, the coordinating tutorial comes with directions for the puppy-size travel cushion for the car.
Photo via Craftsy member MichellePatterns
If you love patchwork, why not make a pretty dog leash for those walks at the park? Michelle’s inspiring Patchwork Dog Leash was sewn without an actual pattern, though she says she added swivel clips at the end and reinforced with several layers of stitching over the folded layers. This is an excellent project for using up fabric scraps.
Photo via Craftsy member Design Fixation
If you have a dapper gent at home, consider expanding his wardrobe with this Pet Bow Tie sewing pattern. All you need is an eighth-yard of fabric, some elastic and basic sewing skills. Your pup will be party ready with this slip-on, slip off collar. Dress up your female dog by swinging the bow to the top of her collar, or make a smaller bow-tie for your cat.
Photo via Craftsy member PammieandthePs
Doggie bag holder
A convenient gortex bag that clips onto your leash or belt loop, this Clip On Doggie Bag Holder is a dog walker’s dream come true. Keep your hands from worrying about a plastic dog bag with the free tutorial on Pam’s blog. You and your dog will enjoy hassle-free walks, and hopefully that means many more walks to come!
Photo via Craftsy member youthfulzombie
We bet you don’t even need a sewing pattern for this 20-Minute Dog Bed! Sewn with a durable canvas fabric, this fluffy pillowcase can be filled with fiber fill, shredded newspaper or bean bag pellets to create a cozy nook for your pug, poodle or pom. Use a little over a yard of fabric, and you can sew a bed that’s big enough for two small dogs to share!