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Designer Dogs

Designer Dogs

Did you spot these two guys, Hugo and Angus, in the latest issue of Craft Club magazine? Editor Alice made the duo a gorgeous coat and a comfy dog bed with just a pattern and some fabric from Create and Craft (and a little help from her mum!)

Hugo3Angus1Here, she shares some more craft ideas you can create for your pet pooch…

Not only can you invest a little extra love into your four legged friend with these DIY dog projects, but you can also help save yourself a bit of money and create something truly unique.

Recycled toys – If your dog is anything like Hugo, they destroy dog toys in minutes. So, instead try recycling stuff around your house and make your own. Try braided old t-shirts, knotted tea-towels, treat stuffed empty cereal boxes, or PVC pipe puzzles, your dog is sure to love it and unlikely to spot the difference.

Homemade treats – Delicious and nutritious peanut butter biscuits – Mix 200g buckwheat flour and 50g porridge oats into a bowl. Dissolve 1 teaspoon on blackstrap molasses into 100ml of boiling water. Add 100g peanut butter and stir. Mix all the ingredients together to form a dough. Take small pieces of dough and roll them into small balls. Place onto a greased baking tray and into a preheated oven at 180 C (Gas 4) for 25 minutes. Remove, cool and store in a seal container.

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Organic hair care – Making your own homemade dog shampoo takes only a few minutes, uses only natural ingredients and leaves your pooch clean and smelling fresh. Pour 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap into a bottle. Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of vegetable glycerin or olive oil, two tablespoons of water, 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil (this helps to prevent fleas and smells lovely!) and mix well.

Personalised accessories – why not paint your dog’s name on his food bowl or create customised ID tags and unique fabric collars? It’s not just dogs whom you can craft for, cats love gifts too! Why not try a handmade catnip yarn ball, a feather pounce toy or DIY cat scratching post?

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Dreamtime – Just like the one featured in the magazine, dog beds are really easy to make and allow your little tyke to enjoy his slumber after his hard day. Make sure the fabric is machine washable for mucky pups and hypo-allergenic to protect your pooch from any allergic reactions.

Comfy coats – It may be difficult to find a coat for your dog that fits perfectly. Instead, invest in a pattern and some fabric and you can create bespoke items tailored to fit your furry friends. You can create lots of different designs at a much cheaper price!

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Have you crafted anything for your pets? Email in photos of your handmade pet projects to me at [email protected]



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