True Story: Once a upon a time a family with two samoyed dogs, Pudge and Panda Bear, moved states – from WA to TX. Shortly after the move, Panda started puking – every. single. night. It was a loooong week. Their parents didn’t know what was happening – is she allergic to Texas?! (Possible). And then, it occurred to them. They had switched dog foods in the hustle of the move. THE WORST. Hurriedly, they looked up the closest PetSmart and bought the trusty Purina® Pro Plan® Sensitive Stomach food. The puking stop, all was well. Note to self: It seems Panda really does have a sensitive stomach.
That, my friends, is a true story. It was a long, long week. When I say we are a Purina® Pro Plan® family, I mean it. After cleaning up puke for a week at 2am every night, we now know to never, ever buy another type of dog food.
However, a new problem has sprung up. Or really, it’s become too much for me to ignore. I love my Pudge and Panda Bear to pieces and I think they’re kind of perfect. BUT. There’s this one thing… they are messy, messy eaters. Kibble, everywhere.
I mean, c’mon guys. And what’s worse? It’s so dang hard to get out of the carpet! Especially when the kibble kind of crumbles. Nope. Just no. Maybe the reason I didn’t notice before was because our house in WA had hardwood floors and they were easier to clean up? Who knows. But this situation had to come to a stop, so I put my newly developed skill (sewing) to use and whipped up this fun little bone shaped dog placemat!
Dog Placemat – Easy Sewing Project
What you’ll need
– Doggy Themed Fabric cut in two halves. (I used 1 yard but I needed to house 3 big bowls, so if you have smaller bowls, you could get away with less)
– Binding Tape
– Tissue Paper
– Pencil & Scissors
– Bowl (Something round) & Straight Edge
Step 1: Create Template
Alright, I’ll be the first to admit these pictures are kind of hard to see – especially the template one BUT here’s what I did. First, you’ll need to figure out about how big you’ll want your placemat to be. I figured mine would be the width of 1 sheet of tissue paper. So. I grabbed a bowl from my kitchen that’s a bit bigger than their food bowls and traced it one corner, then moved it down so it’ll overlap with the first circle 1/3-1/4 of the circle. Then, repeated the same process on the other end and finally, connected the two ends using the straight edge.
Don’t worry too much about making it perfect though! This is just to give you an idea of how big it’ll be. Once you’ve got the right size, fold in half, twice, and cut it. THIS is your template (See picture below).
Step 2: Cut out pieces
After cutting out the template (which is 1/4 of your full bone), fold each half of the fabric in four and match the template as shown in the picture above – straight corner/edges with the folds on the fabric. Using a washable pen, trace out the template, and cut out the piece. Repeat this with the other half of the fabric and with the interfacing. You’ll end up with four dog bones, two fabric dog bones and two interfacing dog bones. Match each of the interfacing dog bones with a corresponding fabric done bone and interface them together. Then, sandwich the whole thing, interface sizes together – to fabric sides out.
Step 3: Sew!
Break out your sewing machine and top-stitch the two interfaced dog bones together. Then, clip on the binding tape and sew it on – I used this tutorial for adding the binding tape.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Aaah! How much better is that?! It made me so happy to see it all done! There was moment there when I questioned myself – hello, binding tape! you’re a pain to sew on round edges! – but I’m so glad I didn’t give up! I might do these for every season?! I can see it – One for summer, one for fall, one for Christmas. Love, love.
But seriously, I’m so excited about this bone shaped dog placemat and how it turned out, it’s so fun and easy to clean, and now Pudge and Panda can enjoy their favorite food without me hovering over them to pick up their mess! On that note, if you’d like to try Purina® Pro Plan® free, find a rebate here. Seriously, people – this is THE only dog food I recommend, cross my heart.