How to Recycle a Kids Sweatshirt Into a Doggie Poop Bag Holder

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This tutorial will show you how to turn an old kids sweatshirt into a useful bag to hold doggie poop pick up bags. This project is really easy to do an should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Tools and Supplies

The tools and supplies needed are pretty basic; An old kids sweatshirt, a sewing machine, a pair of scissors, a plastic snap, some kind of elastic banding, a crochet hook and a 15 "piece of webbing.

STEP 1 – Cutting The Sleeve

Cut the entire sleeve off of the sweatshirt, getting as close to the shoulder as you can.

STEP 2 – Making The Hems

Turn the sleeve inside out and roll up both ends to make a hem that is about 1/2 "wide. You can pin the hems down, if you wish, but precision is not that important with this project.

STEP 3 – Sewing the Hems

Start sewing from the hem that joined the sleeve together. You want to sew your new hem down as close to the hem edge as possible. Stop sewing before you reach the sleeve joining hem. You need your "new" hem to be open so that you can string an elastic through it. Repeat to finish the other side of the sleeve

STEP 4 – Making The Bag Handle

Make a mark on the webbing at about 6 inches and cut it in half. Attach the webbing to one side of the buckle and sew one seam across, going back and forth a few times with the reverse button to reinforce it. Repeat this for the other side of the buckle. One side will be longer than the other.

STEP 5 – Sewing The Handle To The Bag

Place the ends of webbing together, with the snap facing downwards and attach to the bag with two separate seams. Take care not to sew over the hems that you created since we still have to add the elastics. Sew each seam back and forth a few times with the reverse button on your sewing machine to reinforce them.

STEP 6 – Adding The Elastic To The Hems

Cut a piece of elastic that is approximately 8 "long and make a knot in one end. Lift up the unsewn end of one hem & put the knotted end in the hole. Use your crochet hook to push the elastic all the way through the hem. When the elastic reaches the other end, pull it through, tighten it up & knot the two strands together. Cut off the excess elastic. Repeat this for the other end.

Turn the bag right side out & stuff in some poop pick up bags. You are now well stocked for your next walk!