Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Stitching Scented Doggie Bags

 Last week I mentioned that an unexpected and very cute design project had arrived in my inbox, one which I was delighted to make and began on straight away......it was from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, that wonderful charity which has been caring for dogs and cats ever since it was established in 1860. Their aim was never to turn away a dog or cat in need, and they also reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners.
As part of Battersea's kennel enrichment plan, the project i was asked  to create was a scented doggie bag that pet lovers could make easily, and that could be filled with scented herbs such as lavender to help keep the dogs calm while they wait for new loving homes........
 ...........i was asked to use a motif of a staffordshire terrier as part of the home's campaign to show the softer side of this breed..........so here are my scented doggie bags........
 ......it was hard to stop at one so i stitched three.........there are so many combinations of colours and fabric that you could use.....
                        ........here they are packed up and ready to be sent off to Battersea...........
 .....and now the important bit....if you would like to help Battersea Dogs and Cats Home by making a scented doggie bag too you can download a doggie bag pattern and instructions from www.battersea.org.uk/doggiebags today..........
Even if you have never sewn before these little bags are very easy to make.......it's a sweet and easy way to help such a good cause.......
Thank you so much for visiting me here today, and for your lovely comments and emails too.....i hope you are having a wonderful autumn week and the sun is shining where you are.....i'll be back soon xxxxx

45 comments:

notes of sincerity said...

Those little doggie bags are precious. How sweet to fill them with scents that will calm their frightened nerves.

Naturally Carol said...

You've done them proud Helen..what a sweet design and a thoughtful project!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, What a lovely cause. The scented doggie pouches are so sweet and they smell sweet too. I will check out the web site. The red polka dot and blue strip is my favorite combination, although they are all great. You do such nice work, I'm not surprised at all that they contacted you. Have a wonderful week, xoRobin❤

ParisGrrl said...

What a wonderful design, and a worthy cause. Am I missing something though, because the instructions don't seem to include a template for the dog itself?

Bee happy said...

These are so cute, a great idea :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Annie said...

Having previously been a trustee of a canine rescue charity I know how important calming kennelled dogs can be. A hearty well done Helen, this was one very special (and cute!) project x

crafts@home said...

Fantastic, what a delightful project to be involved with :) I do hope lots of people will take up this easy challenge, they are so cute....
Sue Xxx

Frances said...

Helen, you've created a grand design, and I can just imagine all those pups wagging their happy little tails as they find new homes through the good services of Battersea.

Best wishes!

Jenny said...

They're so cute Helen! I love the idea that they will be used to comfort the doggies while they are waiting to be rehomed - it's such a rewarding project for you to be involved in, Jenny xx

Country Girl said...

They are so pretty and it is such a great charity to support too.

said...

what a very lovely and caring project. i think this is a wonderful idea and they look so pretty too.

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, what a wonderful project to be involved with. You made the little sachets so cute and adorable, I am sure they will be a huge success.

Many thanks for your lovely comments. You do know that you are wholely responsible for our mushroom mania! Glad you like ours, I think we need to make a whole lot more! Have a happy Wednesday, love Linda x

Always smiling said...

They are so cute, what a wondeful project to be involved with.
Well done

Chris xx

Andrea said...

Hi Helen,
They are so lovely, you have a winner there! A great cause to be involved in too.
Have a great week,
Andrea x

Simone said...

They are lovely Helen and great to calm down humans too!!! x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What an absolutely brilliant project. Such a good idea and for such a worthy cause.
They are so lovely Helen, well done!!
Vivienne x

My 4 Lil' Girls said...

Oh these are so cute & what a great idea! Also love the reason for them, such a good cause, real thumbs up :D
Karen x

Jane said...

What a fun project and for such a great cause Helen, they are lovely. I especially like the final one with reds and blues... beautiful.
Jane x

harmony and rosie said...

Helen they're gorgeous, and such a worthwhile charity too. We support them already, plus that's where our two kitties came from - what a fantastic place and such lovely caring people we met too.
So sad to hear they have more dogs now than ever before and are appealing for good homes.
Kate x

Ali said...

Oh so cute xx

Jooles said...

Oh Helen they are so sweet, you are jolly clever ,a wonderful cause too
love jooles x

delia hornbook said...

aaww those are lovely and such a sweet idea. dee x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Those bags are so sweet. I love the individuality of each one.

sew said...

I'll gladly make these but is it me, or has the doggie templste gone walkies?

sew said...

Template!

Country Rabbit said...

awwww love the colour choices you use on the mini cushions...sweet little doggies- such great makes as always lovely helen xx

sew said...

I've emailed Battersea and the template is now on the download.

bellaboo said...

Love those doggy bags,Battersea dogs home does fantastic work doesn't it? Thanks for visiting today and for your sweet comment,have a lovely weekend. :0)

Teje said...

Dear Helen, I just love those doggy bags! I'm so happy your were able to join that important work those people are doing to help the dogs and cats! I'm feeling very sad and hopeless with the situation here in Greece. There are so many homeless dogs and cats so it's just impossible to control the situation. There are some people and places who are doing as much as they can, but it's never enough. 3 of my 4 pets are rescued.
xxx Teje

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

These doggie bags are great and for such a good cause as well.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

What cute little lavender bags. Love the dogs on them. I also know a little girl who would go mad for them too!


MBB x

T's Daily Treasures said...

That is a sweet little project for such a wonderful cause. I have street kitties that I care for each and every day. One living in an alcove in my stairwell that has decided this is home. And one that I just rescued and a good friend has decided to adopt. :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Tammy

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Helen those are super cute! I will certainly be making one of those (might be too shy to show you how it works out though!)
you're so talented - you never fail to amaze me :)

Rhona said...

What cute doggie bags!!! And for a great charity too...well done!

by Teresa said...

That is a wonderful project and so sweet. I hope this catches on and people make things for the poor little doggies that need homes. You're so kind.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Julia said...

Absolutely love these Helen, and what a wonderful project to be involved with. The designs are great, really eye catching and the fabric just lovely! I reckon those little homeless pups will be delighted!
Have a great weekend.

Love Julia xxx

moonstruckcreations said...

These are so cute - what a wonderful idea!

Have a lovely weekend, Helenxx

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Such a wonderful and rewarding project to be involved in Helen...It is such a struggle for all charities at the moment and this really is a great idea....As a family we are great supporters of many animal charities....I particularly love that you have used the Staffordshire Terrier because it does have a tough time in so many ways, doesn't it?
Well done Helen...you are a star!!
Hope you have a great weekend,
Susan x

Mia said...

Lovely, lovely doggies!

Happy weekend, Helen, and many greetings from sunny (!!!) Finland!

Yours,
Mia

Pomona said...

You are so clever! They are really lovely bags - I go past the Dogs' Home every time I travel to London, and always think of those poor rejected dogs.

Pomona x

koralee said...

Oh my goodness..these are beyond sweet...I sooooooo love the fabrics. Polka Dots and stripes make my heart sing..and so does your blog!!! Hugs.

Ikealady said...

How cute they are !
Have a nice weekend.

gillyflower said...

What a lovely idea and for sucha good cause!
They are so sweet Helen, lovely fabrics as usual and Im sure they will be very popular!
Gill xx

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hello, Helen! What can I say? Just that they are amazing and you are GREAT! Sorry for my English ( I`m russian =) Your blog & all your colorful inspirations make me happy, Thank you so much!
Natasha

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