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Oct232009

scrappy leash

Martha was our first baby.  She is our mixed breed mutt who is now ten years old.  I am sure that others who have dogs know about the impacts of a new child on the family dog.  Poor Martha went from being top of the heap to slipping a few rungs.  I swore I never would be one of those people, but, well…

Martha has not always handled it with grace (there were some tense moments early on with Ellie)- but, overall, she has been great.  And, she and Wiley really love each other (#2 was much easier on her).  So, this week, inspired by the Sew Mama Sew scrap buster entries, I decided to make her a scrappy, new leash. 

And, lucky Marth, upon its completion Ellie ran up and down the sidewalk in front of our house, leading Martha on her new leash, for about 20 minutes or so.  They both seemed to quite pleased.

Here is how to make your own using all kinds of scraps.

You will need – various scraps for piecing, some heavier weight fabric for backing (can also be scraps that are pieced), scraps of interfacing, and a swivel head snap hook.

Ultimately, you will want a pieced strip that is 2.5 inches wide and about 5 feet long (or however long you would like your leash to be). And, if you have a smaller dog, of course, you can make a thinner leash.  These are just the dimensions that I worked with.

You can either cut the scraps to 2.5 inches in width first and sew them together OR sew together a number of scraps and then cut it to width (this is what I did). 

So, here we go:

oops - forgot to add - at this point, i stitched in the ditch along the tube!

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Reader Comments (3)

I love it! Can't wait to make one for both of my dogs. Thanks for sharing!

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEdith

Lucky Martha :)

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Where did you find 2 inch swivel hooks???? I can't find the hardward and I've already made three leashes. Thanks so much for the pattern. Cathy

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Hazelwood

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