Dogs | Cats | December 20, 2016

Up-Cycling Pet Food Bags: Christmas Stockings

At Petcurean we’re always looking for ways to minimize our impact on the environment, and a great way to do this is to up-cycle your pet food bags.  We’ve already covered up-cycling bags for the garden and for the household, so here’s a seasonal variation on how to make your very own pet stocking.  Fill it with kibble, treats or toys.  Or, if Fido has been a good boy, you can hang it up for Santa Paws to fill!

Materials Required:

  • 1 x Empty pet food bag (best to wash thoroughly  before starting)
  • Scissors
  • 8 inch piece of ribbon (optional)
  • Sewing machine and thread

 

Step 1 – Draw your stocking

Outline your stocking on the front of the pet food bag in pencil. Use the top of the bag with the zip closure as the top of your stocking – this enables you to seal it back up again once you’ve filled it. To help keep the front and back together, use a sealed edge of the bag as the side of your stocking. Your outline can be drawn freehand, or draw around an existing stocking that you have, or make a paper template to draw around.

Step 2 – Cut out your stocking

Cut out your stocking about 1/4 inch away from your pencil line. Cut right through the pet food bag, so you have a front and a back. You can use pinking shears or decorative scissors if you like.

Step 3 – Cut out the hanger

If you wish to hang up your stocking, cut from the remaining pet food bag an 8 inch by 1/2 inch piece for a large bag or a 4 inch by 1/2 inch piece for a small bag. You could also use a piece of ribbon.

Step 4 – Attach the hanger to your stocking

Cut a 1/2 inch slit into the back of your stocking at the side where the bag is sealed. The slit should be just above or just below the zip closure. Fold your hanger piece into two, insert the open end into the slit and pin in place.

Step 5 – Sew your stocking

Using a sewing machine, sew around your stocking on the pencil line, starting at the top of the bag and working around. Be careful as you sew over the zip closure.  Sew across the hanger that is pinned in place to fix it to the stocking.

Step 6 – Fill your stocking!

Fill your stocking with kibble or a small pet toy and hang it up.

The possibilities for up-cycling pet food bags are endless. How many can you come up with? Email your ideas to [email protected]!