Design Fixation: Free Sewing Tutorial || Dog Waste Bag Holder (With Treat Pocket)


Free Sewing Tutorial || Dog Waste Bag Holder (With Treat Pocket)

That's a nice way to put it, isn't it? Dog waste. Picking up dog poop with your hands may be one of the grosser parts of have a dog, so I figured that I should at least have a pretty case to put the bags in. And I've been really into creating sewing tutorials lately (I've been steadily adding products to my tutorial shop). So I decided to share this project with you, and I'm offering it to you for free as a little thank you for reading Design Fixation!

The best part about this fabric holder is that there is a secret treat pocket hidden on the side. Your dog will thank you for including that detail to your case. And it's a quick project too; you'll have this easy DIY project done in less than an hour.

Here's what you'll need for the project:

    •  1/4 yard of cotton fabric
    •  A roll of dog waste bags
    •  8" narrow elastic (1/4" wide is best)
    •  3" velcro
    •  1 metal snap
    •  6" ribbon
    •  matching thread
    •  scissors 
    •  sewing machine

1. Cut out a rectangle that is 6"x10"

2. Separate the velcro, and pin each piece 3" from the edges, as shown above. Sew down the middle of each piece to attach.

3. Fold in half with right sides together. You should be able to feel the velcro in between the fabric running vertically. Sew a 2" long seam running from the top edge partway down (to where the velcro starts). Place the seam 2" from the fold on the right hand side. The velcro should be just to the right of the seam, so that when you open it up, it will form a small pocket with the velcro hidden on the inside.  Do the same at the bottom of the folded fabric.

4. It should now look like the image shown above.

5. Test out your pocket by sticking your fingers inside. The velcro should wrap around your fingers.

6. This is what it looks like with the fabric opened up.

7. Flip it back over and fold the top edge down (about one inch) and sew with a half inch seam allowance.

8. Do the same along the bottom edge. These will act as casing tubes for the elastic.

9. Now cut your elastic in half and insert one piece through the casing on the top. Sew along each end to keep it in place. Repeat the process along the bottom edge with the other piece of elastic.

10. Turn it inside out and sew from the top of the raw edge down the edge about 1" (using a quarter inch seam allowance). Do the same on the bottom. This will leave a 1.5" slit in between for the bags to be pulled through. Flip it right side out. Feel free to finish the slit with a hand sewn seam.

11. (Not shown) Lastly, attach a metal snap to the ribbon forming a loop that is large enough to fit around your dog's leash. Sew the other end of the ribbon to one end of the case. And that's all, you're finished!

Stretch the elastic on one end and insert the roll of bags. Fill the pocket with treats and you're ready for a walk.

Charlie seems to really like his new poop bag holder! This might have something to do with the secret treat pocket....

If you liked this tutorial, you might love this one. Thanks for dropping by!

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  1. This is the best idea yet to help dog walkers! I have needed something such as this. Anyone, anywhere needs this. I think you need to copyright it and market it. You'll make a ton of money!

    Thank you very much,
    Terrie, Ohio

  2. Thanks so much Terrie, glad you like my idea! Maybe I will market it!

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  4. Hi, for some reason I am struggling with this tutorial carnt seem to sew in the correct places I don't find the pictures very clear could you help at all,sorry!

  5. Hi Anonymous - Which steps are you having a hard time with? If you can send specific questions about where you're having trouble, I'll do my best to help!!

  6. love all the dog ideas....looking for a diaper pattern for a chi cha
    any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you, Dee

  7. I love this but I am struggling from Step 3. It says to fold in half. From picture I want to say that it is to fold in half right sides together. I am not sure where to sew. I personally need a bigger picture (getting older and need bigger pictures I think). If you could help I would appreciate it.
    Thank You,

    1. Hi Janet,

      Yes, you would fold it in half with right sides together. I'll have to add that in. You can feel the velcro through the fabric, and both pieces should be on top of each other, going vertically. You will sew a seam from the top edge down to that velcro, and then another seam from the bottom of the velcro down to the bottom of the fabric. If you look at photo 6, that's what it should look like after you open it up. Also if you click on the photos, you can see a larger view... that might help!

  8. The best DIY dog project I've ever seen! As a dog walker I always need waste bags ready to hand and this is a really great idea not to forget them!

  9. hello, I get leftover fabric pieces that are donated to our sewing circle for low income women. . May I make these and sell them? How would I give credit for the pattern? Thank you.

    1. Hi there - Sure, that would be fine, thank you for checking! If you wouldn't mind including the url for this blog when you sell the pieces, that would be great. Appreciate it!

  10. Wow what a convenient little bag for dog owners! I also love the little treat pocket, such a great idea. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
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  17. Hello, I am having a lot of trouble with this. Is there any video I can watch? I dont understand step 3-7. When i sew the sides horizontally with the velcro, then I cant fold the sides down for 7 with out there being an extra piece. Is there anyway you could show that process slower? This looks awesome by the way. I really hope to make one soon.

    1. Unfortunately I don't have a video tutorial for this... The gap in the seam in step 6 is where the velcro is (but it's hidden on the inside). Give it a quarter turn and flip it over so the wrong side is up (step 7). The extra piece would be folded over to the right, that's how the little treat pocket is formed. Then fold the top (along with the flap) and bottom section down to form the elastic casing. Hope this helps!

  18. Thank you so much for this. I usually just tie a plastic grocery bag around the handle of the leash, but this is way, way cuter. My sister wants me to make these for her to sell in her dog grooming business. Is that OK with you? I know you'd want the url listed, so I'll add that to the tag when I make them, with your permission.

    1. Sure, that would be fine with me as long as you include the URL to my tutorial... thanks for checking!

    2. Thank you so much! I've made 4 so far, not exactly like yours but very close (I forgot to open your tutorial so I did them from memory). I'm sending the URL to my sister along with the pouches.

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