Our dogs are a part of our family. Just like we make gifts for all of the other members of our households, sometimes its nice to make something special for our dogs too. It can be something nice that you make for them on their birthday or on special holidays like Christmas, or it can just be something you make to demonstrate you and your dog’s sense of artistic style. If you’re wondering what types of things you can make from your very own home for your dog, here are some ideas to help you get started on your journey.
One gift you can make for your dog that is relatively easy to get started with is a nice cover for their bed. This can be a perfect gift if your dog’s bed has seen its days and could use a facelift, or alternatively if you just want to make your dog’s bed a bit more comfortable or stylish for them. With a few sheets of fabric, a needle, and thread, you can be on your way to a rudimentary bed cover in no time. If you have a sewing machine at your fingertips, you can get a little more advanced with your design. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even upgrade from a bed cover to making your dog an entire bed from scratch.
Another gift that your dog will be sure to love is a custom made dog collar that shows off their unique sense of fashion. This project is a little more involved, but with patience and careful fingerwork, it’s something that even a determined novice should be able to handle. If you’re looking for something a little more approachable you can even make replacement bands for an existing training collar, as they are often relatively basic and utilitarian out of the box.
If you like the sounds of a hand-made dog collar, you may want to consider making a matching leash while you’re at it. Keep in mind that a leash has to stand up to some wear and tear, so this is a project that’s best left for when you’ve had a bit of experience putting together more rugged pieces. That said, a matching leash and collar is not only a great gift for your dog, but it can be perfect to give as a gift to a fellow pet parent as well.
If you’re into knitting or sewing your own garments you should probably at least put some thought into making your dog their very own sweater. Sure, you could buy one, but where’s the fun in that? Custom make them a hoodie, an ugly Christmas sweater, or otherwise and they are sure to become the life of the party – as if they aren’t already!
If you’re really looking to take things to the next level, you could go all-out and make your dog a costume for your next Halloween season or holiday party. What’s cuter than a dog running around in an adorable costume? Not much, that’s for sure. There are some challenges that come along with making a successful costume, so if you’ve never done this before make sure to give yourself plenty of time so you’re not up against the frustration of a tight timeline. You’ll want to make sure you get everything just right, and that can take some serious patience!