I love this idea because it offers all the calming triggers that aid in comforting MY DOG: her dad's pants, her favorite blanket and I used mom's pillow for the stuffing...Since it is made out of old jeans and pillows that we are no longer using she will pick up on the smell of us and hopefully this helps calm her and makes her feel more secure.
Plus it is one that a parent can sit with their kids and do. Miley even tried to "help"! It is also easy enough that the older generation with tiny lap dogs can even give it a try. Make it your own. The choices are endless...
Step 1: Gather Materials Needed
An old pair of jeans or even a lighter material like sweatpants will work (no belt needed). It all depends on what you have lying around (for this project I’m using husband’s old yard pants Miley loves outside)
Stuffing from 1 or 2 old pillows(depends on the size of your jeans)
Stuffed Pillow for the top of the jeans or sweats
Sharp Scissors (if you don't want to cut and sew to make it kid safe you can opt to use Velcro strips)
Belt, rope or even a satin ribbon can be used for a belt (use item based on the dog's chewing habit) won’t need to use a belt if you are using sweats as they already have a drawstring.
Fleece material for a blanket (optional) but worth doing if your dog loves blankets like mine does.
Step 2: Remove Stuffing From Pillow
Set aside in a trash bag (this keeps the dog from making a mess until you are ready to stuff your jeans).
*** For this step, I was asked if you could use old blankets as stuffing instead well and the answer is...YES! Whatever you can repurpose do it.***
Step 3: Cut Slits Up Each Leg
***If you have a hard time with the cutting and tying or even the sewing part of this project there are ways are ways around that. Velcro strips can be ironed onto the inner parts of the pant leg bottom and fastened that way.***
Step 4: Knot the Ends
Step 5: Stuff, Stuff, Stuff
These jeans are men's size 38/34 relaxed fit I used only 1 pillow to stuff this.
Step 6: Add Pillow to Waist
Step 7: Secure Top
Make sure it is nice and snug because the dog may try and get to the pillow band possibly tear at it for the stuffing causing a big mess.
***If you have opted out of using a blanket for this project you are done!***
I don't recommend stopping here, the blanket is a cute functional addition... keep going!
Step 8: Make Blanket Fancy
Simply tie 2 strips to the belt loop on either side of the pants! Remember tight knots.
I didn't have an old blanket that I could cut up for this step and Miley wouldn't have let me cut hers.
* No picture for this step. Sorry. It is a very simple step.
I wasn't allowed to cut her blanket so I tucked it in to show this addition.
You are done!
Everyone meet Miley the face behind the stories. I know my project wasn't an "original" but my project was an experiment to see if she would like it. I did it all for her and keeping her happy. After a few long minutes of sniffing her new friend, I will have to say SUCCESS! She likes it! I'm a happy dog mom.
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