By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)
Treats are a great way to introduce yourself to a new animal. They can put the animal at ease with you and create a bond of trust. This can lead to trust during a massage as well. The treat bags in pet stores work great, but they aren’t always interesting to look at. Why not make your own?
Finished size: 6” x 5” Time: 15 minutes
1/4 yard of PUL fabric of your choice (Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is a fabric made by laminating a knit fabric to a thin film of polyurethane. PULs are CPSIA certified, waterproof, and durable.)
Treats (Dog treats for this example, but could be used for horse treats, apple slices, or sugar cubes as well.)
- Cut a piece of fabric that is 10.5” x 7.5”. Make sure the pattern will be the way you want it when the fabric is folded in half.
- Fold down the top 1” of the long edge and use bobby pins to hold in place. Do not iron, as this will melt the laminate. If you use regular pins instead of bobby pins, you will poke holes in the material, compromising the waterproofness.
- Sew the flap down using a 5/8” seam allowance. This will leave a tunnel to thread the shoelace through later.
- Fold the fabric in half with the pattern sides facing each other and bobby pin in place.
- Sew around the bottom and open side of the bag, using a ¼” seam. Make sure to backstitch. Do not sew the top opening of the tunnel you created for the drawstring.
- Miter the corners by cutting diagonally across the corner. Be careful not to cut the stitches. This will remove extra material for when the bag is turned right side out.
- Turn the bag right side out, poking out the corners of the bag.
- Thread the shoelace drawstring through the tunnel.
- Insert treats and cinch bag to close. The ends of the shoelace can be looped through belt loops and tied in place.
Your new treat bag is ready for use! To find more suggestions on meeting a new animal, register for Animal Communication Levels 1 and 2 with Anna Twinney.