Walk in the Park- part 1

About 1 year ago I fell in love…again.  While visiting out local animal shelter, I fell in love at first sight with my baby, Ziggy.  I knew the moment I saw him that he would go home with us. It’s totally crazy, I know, but he completely stole my heart.  A year later, he has settled right in. My oldest son counts him as part of our family, my youngest calls him  his brother.  If my hubby would allow it, he’d sleep in bed with me, instead of next to me on the floor. Ziggy follows me everywhere, plays with my boys and has curled up and found a permanent place in my heart.

I admit I’m now a crazy dog lady so I thought this project was completely appropriate…and easy!

Dog Leash

Materials:

4″ x 20″ 3 different fabrics (A, B, C)

2″ x 56″ medium to light-weight interfacing (sew-in)

Snap bolt hardware (found at hardware store)

Thread to coordinate

Note: This pattern will create approximately 50″ long leash. For a custom length leash, determine the finished length, add 10″ then divide by the number of scrap fabric pieces you will use. In this example we are using 3 pieces of fabric so you would divide by 3.

1. Stitch the 3 different fabrics together. Join fabric A with fabric B by matching short ends and stitch 1/2″ from edge. Open and top stitch 1/4″ from seam be sure to stitch through the seam allowance.

2. Stitch fabric B to fabric C in the same manner (an optional way to attach the pieces is by placing each piece perpendicular and stitch diagonally. Trim excess, open and topstitch through seam allowance.

optional joining method using diagonal stitch

Optional joining method using diagonal stitch

3. Place interfacing on the wrong side of fabric strip. Center so there is 1″ of fabric on each side of interfacing. Fold fabric in towards the middle, fold again lining up the folded edges. Pin or press.

fold sides to the centerfold again then topstitch

4. Topstitch along both folded sides 1/4″ from the edge. You now have a long strap.

topstitch 1/4" from the folded edge

5.Create the handle. Measure 8″ from end and fold. Fold the raw edge  under 1″. Topstitch through all 3 layers using a box stitch pattern.

box-stitch

6. Attach the snap bolt. Slide the snap bolt hardware 2″ up the leash starting on the other raw edge. Fold raw edge  under 1″ and then topstitch a box stitch pattern.

Head to the park!

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One thought on “Walk in the Park- part 1

  1. Roxann

    Ziggy is definitely the third boy…..he is the sweetest dog and now he has the most creative leash at the park. I love it!

    Reply

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