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Dog-Cleanup Bags

Add some fun and fashion to everyday dog-cleanup bags.




Resources: All hardware and tools are available at hardware stores. Parchment paper is available at grocery stores. Biodegradable waste bags are available at pet stores.


  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Metal ruler
  • Pinking shears
  • Size "0" grommet and grommet setter
  • 1/2-inch loose-leaf ring
  • Swivel-eye snap hook
  • Biodegradable dog-waste bag


  1. Step 1

    Cut a plastic bag (or several plastic bags) into eight 5-by-7-inch pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Stack four of the cut plastic pieces and place between two pieces of parchment paper. Make sure all layers of plastic are flat, with edges aligned. With an iron set on the wool/silk setting, iron the stack, fusing the plastic together within the parchment. Repeat with the other four plastic pieces. You may need to let the piece cool and iron again a few times to fuse completely.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out an applique -- a shape, a letter, or a silhouette -- from a plastic bag of a different color for the front of the pouch. Place the shape on the fused plastic piece that will be the front of your bag. Place a piece of parchment paper over the whole thing and press with the iron to fuse.

  4. Step 4

    Trim both pieces down to 4 by 6 inches. Layer the pieces on top of each other on a piece of parchment paper. Put a metal ruler along one long edge, leaving 1/8 inch of the edge exposed. Place a piece of parchment on top and iron to create a seam along that edge, taking care not to iron the rest of the bag together. Repeat for the other long edge and the bottom of the bag.

  5. Step 5

    Use pinking shears to cut the top of the bag, creating a decorative edge. Add a grommet to the top corner and attach a snap hook with a loose-leaf ring. Fill with biodegradable dog-waste bags.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009



Reviews (20)

  • catherinemccarron 21 Mar, 2011

    I personally LOVE this idea and think it's a great way to keep hold of all those random plastic bags I collect to use on dog walks. Making this bag out of old bags is a little much, so I made one from oilcloth, and then decorated with a poodle silhouette. Cute, and extremely useful.

  • allawson5 13 Feb, 2011

    I think it's a great idea the ones they sell at the pet stores are difficult to use and seem to never work properly. I think it would be a great gift for a doggie basket!
    And I agree if you have the time and want to make it, why not! If you think it wouldn't work for you then just don't worry about it. Guess some people have more time on their hand then they think they do.

  • sawzbella 13 Feb, 2011

    Responsible owners DO clean up after their dogs - having a convenient, water proof (dogs walk rain or shine) container for the bags (which being biodegradable should be kept dry) is a must! If you have the time - or want to make it for a dog loving friend - why not? This would make a nice addition to a "Dog Basket" gift!

  • kytravelrn 12 Feb, 2011

    Seriously??? Decorate a s**t bag?? Someone is in need of a little couch time!!

  • hillsboroughmom 12 Feb, 2011

    I agree with Martha's ideas but this is lame.

  • akiwi 12 Feb, 2011

    Seriously???? somebody out there has the TIME to do this. Crafty is one thing this is........ Huh?

  • moj400 11 Aug, 2010

    I think I would tuck the "filled" bag inside my cute one, much more discreet and less offensive than letting everyone look at your doggie doo. Or is it like, "Check out my dog doo! Mine's bigger than yours!" LOL

  • mamatoto 11 Aug, 2010

    Is this a joke? I can't believe that anyone would go to all this trouble to make a bag for poop bags! Sad.

  • daphnevdk 10 Aug, 2010

    Where can I get one of those cute dog clean up bags with the Frenchie on the front like in the photo?!

  • HydrangeaLover 10 Aug, 2010

    I always keep a bundle of BioBags attached to a small hook at the side of my front door and grab one for each walk. They are made from corn and biodegrade. I tested it and it does biodegrade in water over a short time.
    They come attached to all the others at the top and I simply tear one off as I rush out the door.

  • anonymedeux 10 Aug, 2010

    I know NYers who just tie a poopy bag onto the leash! Looks like a bow. :) Also if you look at pix on youtube about the pacific gyre - the size of Texas x 2 x 90 ft deep - full of plastic bags and bottles (which endanger marine life) - now there are Biobags, which you can actually compost. They become part of the soil. You can tie a Biobag dog bag onto a leash or put it in a pouch, too.

  • corncobb12 27 Jun, 2010

    o wait, never mind i thought you use the yellow bag for cleanup. srry. thks

  • corncobb12 27 Jun, 2010

    i have a question. are these reusable?

  • cookiesgalore 22 Jul, 2009

    When heating ANY plastic, it's always a good idea to do it in a well ventilated area, since plastic emits toxic stuff when heated. So be sure to do this in a ventilated area.

  • AshleighSMU 21 Jul, 2009

    How is the bag yellow if it's made from Target bags??? What's the secret?

  • lisa_pearl 21 Jul, 2009

    I have a friend who does this and makes little pouches and purses that she sells. She says it works better with #4 plastic, like Target bags, than it does with #2, like Walgreens or Wal-Mart bags. I tried it and she is right. You have to experiment with your particular iron, trying different settings. I cut the handles off the bags to practice with. Try whatever is the middle heat setting first. You can cut the plastic after it is ironed and cools.

  • lbuser 21 Jul, 2009

    There are different thicknesses of shopping bags. I wonder if this is the difference. I keep the thicker ones and throw away the really thin ones since these don't hold up with re-use. I am going to give this one a try with the thicker bags to see if that is the problem. (I know, why?, but I just have to give this one a try.)

  • Lydi65 17 Mar, 2009

    I tried this, but had the same results you did. It looked like an easy project on the show. It was a cute idea.

  • beckybrumley 13 Mar, 2009

    I tried this too. I think I had my iron too hot the first time because the plastic bags shrank up a lot -- to about 1/4 their original size. I tried it again with my iron at a lower setting. It took longer, but the plastic still shrunk.
    Anyone had success with this and have some tips?

  • JudyBritt-1 11 Mar, 2009

    I tried this but the plastic bags kept separating making holes in the paper. Cute idea but alot of trouble. Think I'll just buy some baggies.