Making a Tote Bag from a Dog Food Bag

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January 20, 2016

finished tote made from a dog food bagCreate a pretty tote bag from a dog food bag, in just a few simple steps.


Total Time: 1/2 hr. or more depending on sewing speed or if using duct tape instead


  • dry dog or cat food bag
  • scissors
  • big thick needle with thick thread or duct tape if those aren't available
  • hot glue gun to glue on ornaments or use stickers and paint


  1. Get any size dry dog or cat food bag.
  2. bag of EverPet dog food
  3. Cut the top off and empty.
  4. cutting off top of bag to empty before making tote from dog food bag
  5. Turn bag inside out. Cut another strand off. That will become the two handles.
  6. dog food bag turned inside out and strip cut off top to use for handles of tote bag
  7. Cut both ends so they measure equally.
  8. cut circular strip into two equal pieces to make the handles for the dog food bag tote

  9. Fold about an inch over inward and make a crease all around top of tote.
  10. turn under the top edge of the bag
  11. Sew or apply duct tape all around top edge.
  12. pink embroidery floss and large needle for sewing down top edge of tote
    stitching through both layers of the bag to finish the top edge of tote
    tote bag with top edge stitched down
  13. Fold over bottom of handles about 1/2 inch and sew before sewing onto tote. Otherwise again use duct tape if you can't or don't know how to sew.
  14. turn under edge of strip used to make the handles before stitching to the tote bag
  15. Sew handles a few inches away from the ends.
  16. sew both handles onto the tote
    finished tote bag with handles sewn on

  17. Lastly use a glue gun to glue on ornaments, apply stickers, or paint your tote! :)
  18. collection of buttons and glue gun used to make the pattern on the dog food bag tote bag
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October 13, 2010

Are the pet food totes machine washable? Thanks.

By Debbie from OH


November 6, 20100 found this helpful
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Debbie, I would suspect these bags are washable since they are made of plastic, though I would be careful how you wash them maybe on gentle with warm or cold water or just use a wet cloth and air dry.

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October 21, 2018

What type of thread do I use on the recycled dog food totes?


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October 21, 20180 found this helpful

According to this article, regular sewing thread is fine.


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October 21, 20180 found this helpful

I found most threads caused the bags to tear. If I used a very thin clear thread like Coats transparent it did not tear the bags, but it gave my old kenmore sewing machine knipptians. I made 1/2 of a clutch purse and gave up.


I have yet to try again on my White machine. Lost interest after the initial challenges! Hope your project goes better than mine! Post back your finished product!!


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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

I have never tried this but a friend said she did one at a sewing class and they used a 90/14 needle with a 40 weight nylon thread and followed the instructions on this web site.

March 17, 20210 found this helpful

I used a 16 needle. Doesn't really matter what type of thread, I just increased my stitch length and I had no more issues.

March 27, 20220 found this helpful

I see embroidery floss in the pix. Can't tell how many strands she's using.

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February 15, 2017

There are many ideas circulating for using pet food bags to make a variety of recycled crafts. Sometimes trying to sew the bags on your machine may be difficult because of their slick surface.


This is a page about sewing pet fo

A large bag of pet food.


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October 13, 2010

First you sew the all the side pieces together. Lay right sides together (printed side) and sew a straight stitch down the bag. Do this for all four sides; until all of the sides of the bag are sewn together.


May 20, 2009

I recycled this dog food bag into a tote bag. I sewed the sides and boxed the bottom.

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